MOVING IMAGE INSTALLATIONS

MOVING IMAGE INSTALLATIONS


Watch out for moving image installations in smaller venues around the town, including projects by Pat Law (UK), Claire Pencak (UK), James Wyness (UK) and others. At this time, several locations and projects are unconfirmed, so please check back here closer to the time for up to date details, or check with the box office on arrival.

Moving Image installations are open Friday 1-6pm, Saturday 10-6pm, Sunday 11-5pm

Alexandria

Created by: Ryan Jennings Clark
United Kingdom premiere

Running time: 00:12:44
Year: 2010
Country: United States

Synopsis:

The piece Alexandria exists both as a small video sculpture and as a film with an approximate running time of 13 minutes. The film meticulously traverses a “landscape of ruins”, intermittently revealing the true scale of these architectures to be crumbling books. Both variations of the work conflate humanity’s desire to archive and build upon its knowledge with the inevitability of the transformation and change of the realities it creates. The directors of the festival may decide to display the sculpture and the film together or to screen the film alone.

Biography/Filmography:

Ryan Jennings Clark (Moving Image/Photography, New York) is a visual artist working in New York City. The conceptual influences for his studio practice originate from an interest in the philosophy of time. This broad concept is explored more selectively through visual metaphor and atmosphere by utilizing video, photography, electronics and installation. His recent work focuses on the exponential rate of change in technologies and the way this affects our long-held cultural conceptions of individuality and progress. He attended Cranbrook Academy of Art where he received the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Award in 2011.

Artist's Website: http://ryanjenningsclark.com

Venue: Borders Textile Towerhouse
Screening date: Fri & Sat 10am-4.30pm, Sun 12-3pm
Screening time:
Tickets: Free entry
Programme: Moving Image Installations

Drive

Created by: Alice Betts
World premiere

Running time: 00:07:00
Year: 2012
Country: Scotland

Synopsis:

Mixed media & film installation. attempting to explore the sensory, physiological disturbance that is long distance driving and the potentially intense sentimentality that attaches to a familiar or meaningful journey.

Biography/Filmography:

Edinburgh based, mixed media visual artist.

Artist's Website: http://edinburghsculpture.org/artists/alice-betts

Venue: 3/2 Orrock Place, Hawick, TD9 0HQ
Screening date: Fri 1-6pm, Sat 10-6pm, Sun 11-5pm
Screening time: See above
Tickets: Free entry
Programme: Moving Image Installations

Loom (i) Between the Web and the Loom

Created by: A Tabula Rasa Creation
World premiere

Running time: 00:14:00
Year: 2012
Country: Scotland

Synopsis:

Between the Web and the Loom is a collaboration between Joan Baxter (Tapestry Artist) John McGeoch (Moving Image Artist) Claire Pençak (Choreographer ) Shamita Ray (Dancer) and James Wyness (Composer). It is part of a two part project entitled Loom. The loom in this piece alludes to weaving.

The installation is composed of tapestry, a weaver’s sample, moving image projections and a 4 channel sound piece.

The context for the work is the Orkney land/seascape and the starting point was the text ‘The Weaver’ by Orcadian writer George Mackay Brown.
The tapestry is in three panels representing the three main elements of the narrative; reading from left to right, the sea, the land and the shroud.
The choreography is structured horizontally using the simple to and from motion of the shuttle from right to left and left to right. The 12 sections of George Mackay Brown’s story which moves through the calendar of the year provided the score for the number of dance phrases.

The sound composition uses recorded sounds captured from working textile mills in the Scottish Borders and from hand looms, spinning wheels and yarn winders recorded in southern Estonia. From the raw material, filtered and stretched in the digital domain to reveal new morphologies, a variety of textural layers are created, forming the sonic strands of the final 4-channel work.

Biography/Filmography:

Tabula Rasa is an umbrella for creative collaborations directed by choreographer Claire Pençak.
www.tabularasadance.co.uk

Joan Baxter has been weaving tapestries since 1973, first as an art student in Scotland and Poland, then as a professional weaver in the UK and Australia. Her work deals with landscape, its echoes of history, its legends, its atmospheres and moods. She is particularly inspired by the rich cultural heritage and wild beauty of the landscapes of the far North of Scotland where she lives.
www.joanbaxter.com

James Wyness is a composer, sound artist, performer and researcher based in Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. His raw materials range typically from field and experimental studio recordings to hand made acoustic and electronic instruments to found objects, which are edited and transformed in the digital domain to produce a range of creative outcomes, including composition, performance, stereo and multi-channel installation, work for fixed medium and digital publication.
www.wyness.org

John McGeoch is artistic director of Arts in Motion, based in the Highlands and has a long history of commissions and collaborations, particularly between performance, music, visual arts and media. Much of the work culminates in projected images for performance or a live event, or an installation or a mixture of all three.
www.artsinmotion.co.uk

Project supported by:

Creative Scotland
Scottish Borders Council

Artist's Website: http://www.tabularasadance.co.uk

Venue: Room 113, Crown Business Centre, 20-22 High Street, Hawick, TD9 9EH
Screening date: Fri 1-6pm, Sat 10-6pm, Sun 11-5pm
Screening time: See above
Tickets: Free entry
Programme: Moving Image Installations

Loom (ii) Chartless Rudderless Night

Created by: A Tabula Rasa Collaboration
World premiere

Running time: 00:20:00
Year: 2012
Country: Scotland

Synopsis:

Chartless Rudderless Night is a collaboration between choreographer Claire Pençak, dancers Merav Israel and Will Thorburn, moving image artist John McGeoch and composers Helen Papaioannou and Alessandro Altavilla. It is part of the Loom project, and here the loom is inspired by the lighthouses of Orkney. The title is a composite of words taken from George Mackay Brown’s ‘The Weaver’. The choreography conveys the collision of wave on rock, ships that pass in the night, the scanning beam of a lighthouse on dark seas. The sound element draws on the mapping, individual light characteristics and rhythm of the 11 lighthouses of Orkney and is written for saxophone and double bass.

Biography/Filmography:

Tabula Rasa is an umbrella for creative collaborations directed by choreographer Claire Pençak. Claire is currently the Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence within the Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University and is based in the Scottish Borders.
www.tabularasadance.co.uk

Richard Bate is a technician at the Culture Lab, Newcastle University. Culture Lab is the focal point for creative arts practice at Newcastle University, supporting the work of researchers and students involved in high level, experimental and multi-disciplinary creative arts projects in a technologically rich and custom designed environment.
www.ncl.ac.uk/culturelab/

John McGeoch is Artistic Director of Arts in Motion, a multi-arts company based in the Highlands of Scotland as well as a video artist in his own right. Current work is very varied and spans from video sets for theatre, stand alone installations, promotional video, animated films and workshops, VJ and live projections at events, mapped building projections. Recent work includes video sets for St Kilda Opera ( Gaelic Arts ) , Marat Sade ( Theatre Workshop), The Sundowe ( Cameron Mackintosh / Eden Court ) and Callum`s Road (Communicado / National Theatre of Scotland)
www.artsinmotion.co.uk

Alessandro Altavilla is a media artist and a sound designer for cinema, dance-theatre and electroacoustic music performances. His research is mainly focused on acoustic ecology, sound maps and mobile technology. Currently he is collaborating with the e-textile artist Berit Greinke on the project Twiddletone. His sounds and music are available on soundcloud and bandcamp.

dm.ncl.ac.uk/altavilla/
subliminalcity.co.uk/people/alessandro-altavilla

Helen Papaioannou is a composer and saxophonist whose work focuses on incessantly-transforming flows of motion with a tendency towards arresting, hyperactive rhythmic action, placing physicality at the heart of the music. Helen’s music investigates relationships between rhythm and action in performance, in which she works as improviser and composer in various combinations. Helen is currently studying for a PhD at Newcastle University.
helenpapaioannou.com

Project supported by:

Creative Scotland
Scottish Borders Council

Artist's Website: http://www.tabularasadance.co.uk

Venue: Room 228, Crown Business Centre, 20-22 High Street, Hawick, TD9 9EH
Screening date: Fri 1-6pm, Sat 10-6pm, Sun 11-5pm
Screening time: See above
Tickets: Free entry
Programme: Moving Image Installations

Shine

Created by: Pat Law
World premiere

Running time: 00:00:00
Year: 2012
Country: Scotland

Synopsis:

Pat Law’s Shine is a Horsebox installation looking at the treacherous sea routes on the east coast of Scotland, invisible pathways existing only as
dotted lines on a chart but used extensively by trading and fishing vessels for hundreds of years, carrying people, cargo and stories across the North
Sea. Shine uses still and moving image to convey the spirit and imaginings of these sea routes.

Biography/Filmography:

Pat Law's work is prompted by observation of the landscape encountered through voyages or travel. She works with paint, photography, sound, video and drawing.

Artist's Website: http://studiolog.heriot-toun.co.uk/

Venue: Civic Space, Heart of Hawick, Tower Mill
Screening date: Fri 1-6pm, Sat 10-6pm, Sun 11-5pm
Screening time: See above
Tickets: Free entry
Programme: Moving Image Installations

Sung To The Crows

Created by: The Bird And The Monkey (Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian)
World premiere

Running time: 00:00:00
Year: 2012
Country: Scotland

Synopsis:

Sung To The Crows by Scottish Borders based multi-media experimenters
The Bird And The Monkey features video projection, sculpture, words
and music. The work, commissioned by Alchemy Fringe, draws its
influence from the anonymous Borders Murder Ballad, Twa Corbies, in
which two crows discuss a slain knight whose body lies hidden behind a
ruined wall. The crows agree that they'll feast on his remains and use
his hair to "theek oor nest whan it grows bare". Meanwhile, they
recount that the knight's hawk has flown off, his hound has gone
hunting, his lover has found a new mate, and "nane sall ken whar he is
gane". Even more bleakly: "Oer his white banes, whan they are bare,
The wind sall blaw for evermair."

Sarahjane Swan and Roger Simian's take on this old tale has ended up
as a Surrealist Crime Scene well suited to the venue: an abandoned
office - room 307 - at the very top of a listed building on Hawick
High Street. As well as The Bird And The Monkey's distinctive brand of
film and music, the installation includes a macabre wedding dress
customised by Sarahjane Swan with 10,000 hand-sewn sequins and
hundreds of black feathers. Roger Simian has written Sung To The Crows
an adapted villanelle which updates Twa Corbies with a supernatural
twist:

Sung To The Crows

Patient crows, you plucked the dreams from my eyes
as I lay down too early one cruel night.
Bereaved, I leave my horses to the flies.

Whisper no forgiveness, no gentle lies
to my loyal hound, lover, hawk in flight.
Sister Crow, she plucked the Moon from my eyes.

With tangled hair and bone in claw she flies:
a nest of snapping beaks devours my sight.
Bereaved, I leave my armour to the flies.

Above this land a horde of unseen wise
and restless souls exist on shade and light.
Brother Crow, he plucked the Sun from their eyes.

Hound fled to the hunters. Hawk took the skies.
My lover took a man. Her dress of white
stained red. I leave my senses to the flies.

I've heard it told that where the new-slain lies,
unjustly snatched, you corbies watching from the height
can lead him over Moon and Sun, through dreamers' eyes.
Bereaved, I leave my body to the flies.

When the Sandman sprinkles dust I will rise.
When the Sandman sprinkles dust I will rise.

Biography/Filmography:

Scottish Borders based duo Sarahjane Swan, a BA (Hons) graduate in
sculpture from Gray's School of Art, and indie musician Roger Simian
(Dawn Of The Replicants, Crunchy Joseph, The Stark Palace) have been
collaborating as The Bird And The Monkey since early 2010 on
left-field songs and music videos. Tracks have been aired on Radio 1
in Scotland, BBC 6 Music and BBC2, and promo video, Do You Wanna?, was
picked by the BBC Music Video Festival 2011 to be screened at
Edinburgh Big Screen for two weeks.

The Bird And The Monkey's debut short film, In The Dark I Sat - a
surreal science fictional romance - premiered at Portobello Film
Festival 2012 in London and has its Scottish premiere at Alchemy Film
and Moving Image Festival in the Screening Room on sunday 28th
October.

Artist's Website: http://www.thebirdandthemonkey.com

Venue: Room 307, Crown Business Centre, 20-22 High Street, Hawick, TD9 9EH
Screening date: Fri 1-6pm, Sat 10-6pm, Sun 11-5pm
Screening time: See above
Tickets: Free entry
Programme: Moving Image Installations


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