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Community film makingI wrote a short text Socialised Afffection about my grandmothers love of woodgraining for Specialism, a new publication from Open Editions.

You are cordially invited to join us for the launch of Specialism edited by David Blamey on Friday April 15, 6-9pm in the Senior Common Room

Royal College of Art,
Jay Mews,
London SW7 2EU

6.30 Reading by David Blamey
6.50 Gentle interrogation by Rathna Ramanathan

Drinks served

The book will be available at a special launch discounted price £12.00 (RP £18.00)

Press enquiries: info@openeditions.com

Published by Open Editions with support from the Royal College of Art, RMIT Melbourne, The University of Brighton


Enthusiasts publication

 Cineclub #1

Enthusiasts posterCineclub #1

The Enthusiasts: Outsider Cinema from the 1950–80s.
A selection from the Enthusiasts archive Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw.

7:30pm 1st March  2016
Auditorium: Emilia Pavilion, Museum of Modern Art
Emilii Plater 51
Warsaw.
Introduction: Łukasz Ronduda

Cineclub #1 will present  a selection of Polish films made in the thirty year period between 1950 and 1980, specifically those produced in amateur film clubs supported by factories, mines and steelworks of the Polish People’s Republic. The films present a Polish reality of the period as seen through the eyes of the 'worker', a perspective that differs from the 'official'  position adopted by mainstream cinema, propagandistic newsreels, or experimental avant-garde film.

Directors such as Franciszek Dzida, Piotr Majdrowicz, Henryk Urbańczyk, or Engelbert Kral adopted a distinctive narrative style, boldly dealing with topics such as sexuality, consumption, and the relationships between private and public life. They also experimented formally, self-reflectively defining their own position as filmmakers.

 


Related projects include circulating artworks, Capital and currency

The second in Open Cinema's workshops was developed and lead by Ed Webb-Ingall.

Ed's research looks to recover, reactivate and revive the history and practice of community video. Ed gave a brief  account, from 1968 to 1981 of the development of a medium and moving image style that continued the tradition of direct cinema (cinema verité) although with radically different in form and content—that of community video making.

Supported by public funding, the community video movement enabled groups and individuals to use a media that was often used to misrepresent them - through broadcast television, to  engage in new forms of collective self-representation.  Video’s DIY possibilities was often a technology to encourage community organization.

#TransActing; A market of values I participated in Critical Practice to produce;

#TransActing: A Market of Values
Saturday, 11th July 2015, 12 - 5pm

This bustling pop-up market featured artists, designers, donorpreneurs, publishers, civil-society groups, academics, ecologists, activists and others who creatively explore existing structures of evaluation and actively produce new ones.

A market connects peoples’ needs and desires, through things, sometimes material things, via mediums of exchange, transactions. Markets are a bundle of simple technologies interlocked to form an ecology.

I will contribute to a discussion on The Market, which I take to be the Art Market at the ICA in London.

An Auction

 

Open Cinema

OPEN CINEMA: HOME

A screening festival celebrating digital filmmaking and Hackney Including world premiere of 24 hour Hackney: A City Symphony

Saturday 21 November, 4-8pm
Open School East
The Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Rd
London N1 5SQ

Open Cinema is an 8-month digital film project led by artist Neil Cummings.

Working with a pool of film professionals and enthusiasts, Open Cinema collectively researched, found and made digital films. In the spirit of collaborative learning, we explored the role of film in representing and reactivating people and places, especially Hackney. It's been amazing.

 

Order of events:

16.00pm Refreshments and cakes provided by OSE associate Michael Whitby, with activities.
16.30pm Screening programme starts
18.30pm Dinner, and world premier of 24Hour Hackney
19.30pm Final screening and close.

Shock City: tracing

As a contribution to Shock City, I experimented with a live-tracing of the values that were valued. It's a method developed from the Tracing Values research custer

Shock City: Resilience and the Anthropocene

 

Shock City was the launch the Year of Resilience (YoR) a two-day international event featuring practitioners from Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon Colleges of Art and beyond.   It was hosted  in the Banqueting Hall, Chelsea College of Arts, London.

Resilience can be understood as the capacity of a bounded network - a person, bacterial culture, a forest, a city or an economy - to deal with change and continue to develop. It is a response to shocks and disruption, like an infection, financial crisis or climate change that spurs creative practice and encourages renewal. Resilience is a means of taking action and creating sustainable ways to co-exist within our biosphere.  

 You can see some of the live-tracings

Table Lamp

 

For my table, I made a lamp.

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