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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. 

#13 Winter Soup

Rogue Studios, 19 November 2014, 5-9pm

Another seasonal show-and-tell, of international photographic adventures. Ahead of his CFCCA show, Chris Paul Daniels test-screened his latest twin-screen video, A Tiger’s Skin. Shot during his journey with Transnational Dialogues Chinese Caravan 2014, to Hong Kong and five Chinese cities, Chris’ film is a contemporary echo of Chung Kuo, Cina. Revisiting similar locations to Antonioni’s 1972 feature, and reframing aspects of China’s economic, cultural and recreational daily life, Chris’s work highlights how documentary assumes authenticity, and the how the filmmaker struggles to speak about otherness. It’s also a subtle study of the photographic as a regime possibly more powerful than nation-states and broader geopolitical structures.

In another Asian project, Dave Griffiths reported on his and Joe Duffy’s field trip to Ordos-Kangbashi ghost city in 2013, and his recently completed commission for Full Circle Arts. The plain our bed the stars our blanket is a Google API hack, hosting Dave’s dense, navigable photo-collages of various locations in a depopulated mining mega-city of Inner Mongolia. Featuring pit heads, power stations, migrant workers, leisure zones and failing real-estate projects, his microfiche and online work documents a brief extinction event, the GDP-driven life and death of Xanadu.

Jo Byrne presented her poetic, acutely observed stills photographed during a visit to the redundant Coney Island resort of lower Brooklyn. In her depictions of the uncanny, of broken freakshow attractions and seaside surrealism, we were again reminded of photography’s potential for weird anthropology within the fractured remains.

#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.

 

#3 Rogue Studio

#3 was a busy session. Sam Meech showed found-footage experiments with a key scene from Cinema Paradisowhere the protagonist becomes emotional at a screening of spliced and scratched film clips. Sam deliberately re-compressed these clips with the wrong codec so that they glitched and stuttered – exploring outmoded technology in digital and analogue viewing. We saw highlights of Chris Paul Daniels video & super 8 visuals in Groningen which mixed Scandinavian landscapes & Nordic painting to a live improvised soundtrack. Chris also screened a black metal-soundtracked super 8 delight shot in Iceland & Sweden. A very well-travelled fellow. Jo Byrne visited from OKO in Leeds to show her performative film Screen Kiss and Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise, Conceal that combines the repetitive ritual of cosmetics with hands-on fetishisation of celluloid media. We also saw documentation of The Plaza Principle, an expanded film installation at an abandoned TKMaxx, plus a project for PSL using found footage of Leeds’ 1978 Olympic bid. Mary Stark showed pics of her December trip to Mono No Aware in Brooklyn, featuring amazing sculptural and expanded filmworks. Mary also previewed her dark-room tests of B&W neg strips, which apply the language and tools of tailoring to hand-made film practice.

Lunch was a warming slow-roast squash, garlic and sweet potato soup. In the afternoon Ben Gwilliam screened a 16mm photogram negative from his recent Blankspace show. Intended as a sound-producing drawing, the visuals bled into the optical track to reflect the acoustic environment and characteristics of the exhibition site. We were also treated to Oxide, produced during his at no.w.here residency, where Ben experimented with iron rust on film stock as a method of “growing sound on film”.  Emma Hardaker screened her hand-processed super 8 expressing her relationship with her own blood condition, featuring some aleatory solarisation effects. Amy Lawrence presented experiments with splicing and respooling VHS tape. Also at the day were Dave Griffiths, Joe Duffy, Veronica Ibarra and Clara Casian.