Clara Casian showed video of her ‘shadowcasting’ performance – where the camera followed her navigation and chalk mapping of light shifting at Piccadilly Place during the timeframe of radio shipping forecasts. Dave Griffiths explained the background to Babel Fiche, his recent film combining crowd-sourced video with animation using microfilm. Mary Stark presented Four feature films woven together, a recent example of her practice exploring the shared materiality and language of textiles and film.
The days lunch was delicious spicy parsnip and potato soup cooked by Joe Duffy. Veronica Ibarra showed 16mm films Anatidae and Anemona plus photographs, observing the uncanny in natural objects and patterns in rural Spain. She also talked about plans to offer 16mm film workshops in Manchester. Jenny Baines discussed her tests for several performative 16mm films, which continue her inquiry into repetition, gesture, failure and the frame. Sam Meech couldn’t be with us, so Chris Paul Daniels presented Sam’s current Small Cinema residency in Moston, north Manchester, where he’s building a community screen in an old miner’s social club. Chris also showed his own recent commission in Ambleside, combining Armitt Museum’s archive of Victorian glass portraits with voices from close-knit Lakeland families. Joe Duffy discussed his recent film that animated a journey around squatter camps in Jakarta using GPS drawing and voice recordings. Also at the day were James Jam Cook, Claire Thomas and Fran Blythe.