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VideoFAG: Toronto

RSN UKFMS at VideoFAG, Augusta Ave, Toronto, 16 December 2014, 7.30pm

Curated by Mary Stark: “Film Material Soup presents a diverse range of approaches to artist film: studio tests with sculptural forms; projected light and shadow; repetitive actions performed for the camera; photochemical sonic processes; rhythmic interrogation of the filmstrip and the video codec; romantic technological obsolescence; animated microfilm; far flung manmade habitats; flickering urban wilds; data traced through peripheral landscapes.”

Videofag is a storefront cinema and performance lab in Toronto’s Kensington market dedicated to the creation and exhibition of video, film, new media, and live art. 



Castlefield Gallery, Manchester 16 October & Laban Centre, London, 6 November 2014, 6.30pm, free

Film Material Soup are pleased to present a double-programme with LUX13 Critical Forum, 15 artists working with the moving-image who in May 2013 formed a monthly discussion group at LUX for artists no longer in education. At each meeting two members presented their practice, discussing work-in-progress, sharing texts, considering broader theoretical ideas, and viewing works from the LUX archive. Continuing the group’s process of discursive exchange, each artist has made a work no longer than three minutes in response to a word or phrase provided by another group member.

#12 Rogue Open

Rogue Open Studios, 19-21 September 2014,

Recent works in photography, microfilm, CCTV and stereoscopic slides by Chris Paul DanielsJoe DuffyDave Griffiths and Sam Meech (2nd floor). Plus a 1.5 hour Film Material Soup screening programme, interspersed by remixes from Chris and Sam.


#9 Newbridge Project

12 New Bridge St West, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AW, 5-7.30pm, Saturday 15 February

Join us for a free screening of recent works by members of Film Material Soup.  In tandem with Chris Paul Daniels’ residency at the Newbridge Project (Connect/Exchange programme supported by Northern Film + Media).  This screening has been programmed by Daniels in relation to ideas of presence, location and identity.

#8 Rogue Project Space

An event by Film Material Soup, to celebrate the current Rogue PS exhibition Frogfullness by Savinder Bual, curated by Ahmed & Carpenter. Expect live 16mm and laser interventions by Jo Byrne/OKO and Dave Lynch from Leeds. Plus new projector and digital performances from Mary Stark and Sam Meech. Also a screening of recent work on video, 16mm and Super 8 by Jenny Baines, Birkbeck & Duffy, Jacob Cartwright, Jenna Collins, Callum Cooper, Chris Paul Daniels, Dave Griffiths, Ben Gwilliam and Nick Jordan. Cosmetics, soup, mulled wine, fish heads, flying and failing, from some of the UK’s most excellent artists.

FMS v Misdirect Movies

The Royal Standard, Liverpool, 30 March 2013, free

Film Material Soup screenings and performance in response to Misdirect Movies, curated by Andrew Bracey & John Rimmer

According to Google maps the exact distance between The Royal Standard and Rogue Artists’ Studios in Manchester is 35 miles or 56,327 metres. In response to this distance, Chris Paul Daniels will run a three hour workshop relating to his ongoing collaborative project Unravel, which is accumulating one frame of hand drawn 16mm film for every metre in the distance between Lands End and Jon O’Groats. Participants will have the chance to manipulate the 16mm film in relation to this exact distance – taking each frame of the film, in this instance, as if it equals 5 metres.

Clara Casian, Shadow Casting is an attempt to catalogue the social and physical identity of specific studio spaces in Liverpool and Manchester. Using primitive methods of route finding and navigation, by tracing shadows with white chalk – the principles of celestial navigation; sun and light, are highlighted as primal indicators for direction and time measurement.

Ben Gwilliam, Soundtrack for tape pull. A performance to camera where the construction of a soundtrack is informed by the
process of recording; the medium itself directly informs the sounds, the tape and microphone are both the sound-object. Beyond a reference to how mechanism is often a silent component in sound recording, it becomes about the landscape of the gallery being a dimensional page upon which this recording is a drawing of it.

Mary Stark, A New Hope/The Empire Strikes Back. An installation of interwoven narrative cinema utilising found footage super-8 films of the first (fourth) and second (fifth) motion pictures in the Star Wars franchise.

Film/Material/Soup, a screening of film and video work addressing materiality in terms of medium specificity, physicality, notions of distance and (mis)direction.


#2 Rogue Studio

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 CookClaire Thomas and Fran Blythe.

#1 Rogue Studios

At the first meeting Jenny Baines  presented her absurdist Beckettian performance struggles shot in 16mm. Chris Paul Daniels showed  an excerpt from Unravel, a hand-marked film made by members of the public drawing on 16mm clear leader. Joe Duffy  gave an overview of his GPS experiments.  Dave Griffiths talked about his series of cue-dot filmworks using modified toys and hand-made 35mm film. Mary Stark gave an introduction to her woven film sculptures, and Claire Thomas presented her darkroom experiments exposing an archive of buttons onto E6.  Also attending were Clara Casian, Emma Hardaker, Amy Lawrence and Kate Murphy. Carrot and coriander soup with bagels was served at lunchtime.  Nom!