People are asking me about 16mm filming recently. Artist film-maker Stuart Croft (1970-2015) and I, used to run intensive two days workshops at the RCA in 16mm film/sound. I developed a self-reflexive model in which students used an Arri and Bolex in groups to create a ‘show and tell’ for each aspect of film-making process as we were explaining to them. The idea was to create a 16mm film document as a reminder to refer to later. It was a very intense two day film school and included history and context of film, some classic examples, three point lighting, microphones, mixers, lenses, filters, stock etc! Stuart and I took on different roles as he directed with crew and actors in a more fiction drama convention, whereas I work singlehandedly compromising production values for immediacy and intimacy. We were brilliantly supported by RCA Moving Image technical staff and a freelance sound recordist and worked in the former Moving Image Studio on Howie Street.
The films produced are funny, inventive, informative, provisional reflexive documents of this process and a testament to a commitment and energy shared for those two days every year. The last one was completed just before Stuart Croft died in 2015.
You can see it here
We Are Publication: (Edges of) a close/d screening
Thursday 21 November 6-8.30pm
Edges of a Close Reading is an artist-led reading group founded by We Are Publication members and artist filmmakers Holly Antrum and Keira Greene in 2019.
Edges of a Close Reading as been a series of close/d reading sessions, co-hosted with invited guests who have been advocates for texts close to their own work. The group’s fifth iteration at Stanley Picker Gallery is hosted by mutually overlapping artist members of both groups – Holly Antrum, Keira Greene, Edward Dorrian, Anna Lucas,and Mónica Rivas Velásquez, who collectively bring together recorded materials to form a piece of work generated by shared reading and discussion.
(Edges of) a close/d screening, will be an experimental presentation that builds on the occasion of t h e H O L D. The evening programme is thereby generated by the process of exploring altnernative strategies to reading and production, while accessing a constantly evolving and generative set of texts and films as carriers of ideas that change shape through exchange. The aims of the reading group here begin to intersect with the aims of making visual art and artist-led research. The programme material forms an experimental dialogue about and through making a collaborative work – sitting within the installation and driving enquiries of the larger We Are Publication collective.
An illustrated, personally inflected lecture first presented by Stuart Croft in 2014 was re-performed next month by Stuart Croft Foundation trustees and artists Emma Bennett, Harriet Fleuriot and Anna Lucas. The event included a screening of ‘The Stag Without a Heart’ (2010).
‘Artists, Fiction and Cinema: Staging the Stuart Croft Archive’
BFI Southbank, 8.45pm on Thursday 19th April 2018
Adventures of a lost person is made of live action and photographic stills gathered with young people at Fresh youth club in Archway, north London. Filming began at Halloween, and this, along with the proposed closure and renovation of the building which is an old Methodist chapel, prompted speculation and stories about local spirits, ghosts and the traces of people in the building.
With over 450 illustrations
You are invited to join us for the launch of a new publication, and a reading among images.
Saturday 30 September 2017
5 – 7pm
3 Ravenscroft Street
RSVP | Numbers are limited to 30
With over 450 illustrations brings together two projects in conversation with each other, opening a correspondence, and a desire to connect in order to make and share work. The event includes a launch of ALF (Anna Lucas, Leanne Turvey and Frances Scott)’s book, Slow Reveal (2017) and Mónica Rivas Velásquez’s, I want to write to you like someone learning (2017), and will be hosted in Mónica’s studio. This space also incorporates a photographic film-processing lab, which will be in use throughout the course of the evening. The event will conclude with an in-conversation with Joyce Cronin, co-Director of The Bower.
It works as a gentle but profound calling, a flattened stone laid out to cross the stream, this alluding to another person, and turns her poem into a conversation between […] friends.
Leanne Turvey, ‘Fireflies’, Slow Reveal (ALF, 2017)
Drinks and darkroom installation
— 5.30pm – 6pm
Mónica Rivas Velásquez reading I want to write to you like someone learning, with projection and prints.
— 6.15pm – 6.45pm
ALF (Anna Lucas, Leanne Turvey, Frances Scott) readings from Slow Reveal, and ongoing screenings of Anna Lucas, Opi 21, Oopsy Daisy, Tiger Lily (2014) and Frances Scott, Apex (2014), with an in-conversation with Joyce Cronin, co-Director of The Bower, a new space opening in South London incorporating a gallery, bookshop and publication studio.
— 6.45pm – 7pm
Drinks and closing. Please feel free to join us afterwards for a drink at the Royal Oak, Columbia Road.
Slow Reveal is published by ALF, designed by Cameron Leadbetter, Shining Studio, and copy edited by Eileen Daly. It is supported by Tintype Gallery, London and De Montfort University, Leicester.
I curated this screening as part of Little City Studio a day of artists moving image at Phoenix, Leicester. I invited Frances Scott to show her recent film Diviner alongside Keira Greene who showed a work in progress, using a performative gesture with an object in place of sections of missing film for a new work Yolk. The screening room was set up with Live Collage, using photocopies from books lent by De Montfort University Library.
Art School showing within this group show.
Jo Addison, Buffet d’art, Rachel Cattle, Jenny Dunseath, Adam Gillam, Brian Griffiths, Mark Harris, Kevin Hunt, Hollington & Kyprianou, Dean Kenning, Natasha Kidd, Neill Kidgell, John Lawrence, Anna Lucas, Mary Maclean, Zoë Mendelson, Max Mosscrop, Harold Offeh, Alex Schady, Bob & Roberta Smith, Kate Squires, Emma Talbot, Mandy Ure, Roxy Walsh, We Are Publication, Michelle Williams Gamaker
2 November – 2 December 2017
Work Work brings together artists who generate part of their income from their involvement in art education. Full-time, fractional, freelance, fixed term; what does it mean to fluctuate between doing work and making it in the orbit of the art school?
With the premise that the works in the exhibition manifest something of the synthesis of teaching and making, the schedule of events will tease out that relationship further.