Reel 2 Real Cacophony - Artists' Moving Image in Scotland


Published on

Slides to accompany a Stage 3 School of Art lecture at eca based on my 'Reel 2 Real Cacophony' chapter in 'Scottish Cinema Now', Edited by Jonathan Murray, Fidelma Farley and Rod Stoneman, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

Published in: Education
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total Views
On Slideshare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide
  • Confessions of a Justified Sinner – large scale video installation
  • Ulay / Ambromich
  • Stephanie Smith and Ed Stewart have developed a series of tapes which explores the boundaries of eroticism and pain through repeated gesture. Mouth to Mouth, which is usually shown on a wall-mounted monitor, adds the themes of trust and interdependence. Biographies:Stephanie Smith was born in 1968 and studied at the Slade School of Art, London.Ed Stewart was born in Belfast in 1961, and studied at Glasgow School of Art. Both then studied at Rijksakademie, Amsterdam.
  • 'In 1971 David Hall made ten TV Interruptions for Scottish Television which were broadcast, unannounced, in August and September of that year (a selection of seven of the ten was later issued as 7 TV Pieces). These, his first works for television, are examples of what television interventions, as they came to be known, can be. Although a number of interventions have subsequently been made by various artists, the 7 TV Pieces have not been surpassed, except by Hall himself in This is a Television Receiver for BBC TV in 1976, and Stooky Bill TV for Channel 4 TV in 1990...'Nicky Hamlyn, Coil magazine 9/10, London 2000.
  • Test Dept was an industrial music band formed in New Cross, London, by unemployed musicians (including Martin King, Alastair Adams, Paul Jamrozy, Angus Farquhar, Graham Cunnington, Tony Cudlip, Toby Burdon and Paul Hines) from Glasgow, Scotland, where the band later re-located. Comedian Vic Reeves played bass in an early incarnation of the band.Formed in 1981, they are hailed by many musicians as one of the most influential early industrial music acts. Their approach was marked out by a strong commitment to radical socialist politics.Their discography spans a wide variety of influences and styles, including a collaboration with the South Wales Striking Miners Choir in support of the Miners' Strike of 1984. They were particularly notable for complex and powerful percussion, as well as high-energy live performances. Test Dept used unconventional instruments such as scrap metal and industrial machinery as sound sourcesoften accompanied by film and slide shows. The band played concerts in a number of unusual site-specific locations, such as Waterloo, Cannon Street station, Stirling Castle and the defunct St Rollox Railway Works in Glasgow.In later years the band's music became less industrial and took on many of the properties of techno. The band's political stance was energised by the passing of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
  • The current Beltane was started in 1988 by a small group of enthusiasts including Angus Farquhar of the musical collective Test Dept., choreographer Lindsay John, and dancers from Laban, as well as academics from the School of Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh. The event was intended as a celebration and also a protest against the then Thatcher government's restrictions on rights to gather. Originally intended to take place on Arthur's Seat, the home of earlier Edinburgh Beltane celebrations, for practical reasons the location was moved to Carlton Hill. Choreography, iconography and performance were moulded by the originators' research into historical accounts of Beltane and their own influences (e.g. Test Department's drumming, Trinidadian carnival, and ritual dance and performance).
  • Farquhar also formed NVA, an innovative theatre company specialising in large-scale site-specific events. Stormy Waters, a vision of the real possibility for simultaneous dialogue across physical borders. A host of participants linked electronically with one hundred performers in the last working shipyards in glasgow, exploring how the world might be - not just how it is...
  • The Secret Sign was presented at the 'Devils Pulpit' in Finnich Glen near Loch Lomond, Stirlingshire. One of the best kept secrets of lowland Scotland, the stunning natural gorge has entranced generations, with its intense greenness, dramatic geology and colourful history from its druidic origins to its role as a secret covenanters meeting place! The audience were taken on a 'walk in the dark' wearing hard hats and wading boots, through the dark waters entering a magical landscape, brought alive by a huge environmental installation with light, sound, projection, fire and specifically created effects.Working across all media, the journey evoked the northern seasons and their equivalent human emotions in a powerful and timeless setting. The innovative use of sound is always central to NVA productions. The soundtrack for the event was built out of the natural elements - the play of water on rocks, the shift of wind in trees and gullies, the calls of different birds and animals. These elements combined with live playing to evolve a complex and haunting accompaniment to the visual animation.The Secret Sign funded by New Directions in autumn 1997 was easily one of the most challenging projects undertaken by NVA. The reality of safely taking a live audience on a night-time gorge walk with wild birds of prey as the main performers offers perhaps unrepeatable challenges to be overcome! Dealing with everything from freak two metre high spate floods, trapped vehicles and near zero night-time temperatures, the company managed to produce a triumphant and groundbreaking event, hailed by the Herald newspaper as warranting 'a matter of national urgency that the sell-out run be extended'!
  • Sarah TrippTESTATIKA (2001) documentaryCommissioned by Scottish Screen and Cornerhouse, ManchesterThis 20 minute digital video tells the story of the Testatika, the‘free energy’ machine invented by a religious cult called Methernithawho are based in the Swiss mountains near Bern. This film takes us on a scientific pilgrimage to New Hampshire (USA), Newcastle (UK) and finally to Bern (Switzerland) in search of this new source ofenvironmentally clean energy. Screened atEdinburgh Film Festival, 2001Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2001South London Gallery, 'About Belief' 2002GalerrySztuki, Warsaw, 'Happy Outsiders' 2002Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark,'Fundamentalisms of the New Order' 2002Dundee Contemporary Art Cinema, 2002Cork Film Festival, 2002
  • The first in this series of four 3 Minute Wonders, made by artist film-maker Luke Fowler as part of his prize for winning the 2008 Jarman Award, was filmed in his and his former partner's bedroom, which doubled up as her office. The three others in this series were shot in architecturally identical spaces owned by his then neighbours.
  • Robert Smithson – Spiral Jetty
  • NB This takes a wee while to start!!!!!!!!!!!!Erica Eyers - Destiny Green is a mock documentary about the life of a fictional beauty queen. The film traces the child's history through interviews with friends and professional relations, discussing her rise to fame, her disappearance and shocking reappearance after having her face surgically removed.
  • TorstenLauschman
  • Kenneth Anger Scorpio Rising (1964)
  • Emergency Broadcast Network – I’m a Man
  • Katy Dove – Open Ended
  • DavidShrigley with Blur
  • Tabla Pong
  • v
  • I wrote a catalogue text for Open Eye Club
  • Coleman Hogarth and Boyle Family – O What a Lovely Whore, ICA London
  • Reel 2 Real Cacophony - Artists' Moving Image in Scotland

    1. 1. Reel to Real Cacophony<br />Artists’ Film and Video in Scotland Since the ‘80s<br />
    2. 2.
    3. 3.
    4. 4. Douglas Gordon,A Divided Self II, 1996, video installation,edition of 2 copies <br />
    5. 5.
    6. 6. Smith / Stewart Mouth to Mouth [1995] <br />
    7. 7. 'In 1971 David Hall made ten TV Interruptions for Scottish Television which were broadcast, unannounced, in August and September of that year.<br />
    8. 8.
    9. 9. Beltane Fire Festival<br />May Day, Calton Hill, Edinburgh<br />Re-initiated in 1988 by Angus Farquhar<br />
    10. 10. STORMY WATERS Clyde, Glasgow 1995 <br />Virtual World Orchestra Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow<br />April 1997 <br />
    11. 11. The Secret Sign was presented at the 'Devils Pulpit' in Finnich Glen near Loch Lomond, Stirlingshire. <br />
    12. 12. Peter McCaughey<br />'Wave' 1993<br />Installation 3000cm x 4000cm <br />Ten synchronised video projectors project images unto screens hung in windows of Tmax Mill in Glasgow. Event took place eight hours after demolition of Queen Elizabeth Tower Blocks. Currency: memory. Images from demolition included an event.<br />
    13. 13. Peter McCaughey<br />'No way back' 1994<br />Installation 700cm x 1000cm cinemascope film format, 35mm <br />Cinema trailer, installed in various cinemas between other trailers. Dealing in currency of false history and possible futures. Two times seventy three seconds.<br />
    14. 14. Peter McCaughey <br />The Futurist, Liverpool Biennial 2004"The door schematizes two strong possibilities, which sharply classify two types of daydream. At times, it is closed, bolted, padlocked. At others, it is open, that is to say wide open.”Gaston Bachelard "The Poetics of Space" Pg 222 <br />
    15. 15. Peter McCaughey <br />The Futurist, Liverpool Biennial 2004<br />
    16. 16. Sarah Tripp - ANTI-PROPHET(2000) documentaryCommissioned by Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow<br />‘What do you believe in?’ is the question put to twenty people living<br />in and around Glasgow. Each interviewee nominates the next person to be interviewed to form a chain of questions and answers across a range of social and spiritual backgrounds. <br />
    17. 17.
    18. 18.
    19. 19.
    20. 20.
    21. 21.
    22. 22. Still from Keith MacIsaac<br />Bridgenessdigital projection, (24 mins) <br />
    23. 23. Stills from Keith MacIsaac<br />Régina Flat/Studio Practicedigital projection, (13 mins) <br />
    24. 24. Stills from Keith MacIsaac<br />Régina Flat/Studio Practicedigital projection, (13 mins) <br />
    25. 25.
    26. 26. Luke Fowler Shadazz<br />Video cover image by Rory CrichtonDesign by Robert Johnston<br />Evil Eye is SourceLimited Edition VHS tapeDistributed by BdV (Europe)/Shadazz (UK)<br />Collection of ten collaborative videos made by artists paired with musicians.<br />
    27. 27. Stephen Sutcliffe That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore<br />
    28. 28.
    29. 29. TorstenLauschmann<br />Transmission, Glasgow<br />9th November-<br />4th December 2004<br />Suburbia in 3D: <br />Chasing Butterflies, 2004 <br />A Lover Waits for Good Times, 2004 <br />
    30. 30. Every Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 4pm in the basement lounge Torsten will be presenting a series of experimental film and video works by a variety of artists, musicians, film makers and media activists. <br />Mother and Child, 2004 <br />
    31. 31.
    32. 32.
    33. 33.<br />
    34. 34.
    35. 35.
    36. 36. Katy Dove: You, 2003; DVD, 5:06mins <br />
    37. 37. Katy Dove <br />Melodia<br />2002 <br />
    38. 38.
    39. 39. A Kind of Bliss<br />Polly Apfelbaum, Katy Dove, Len Lye & Lily van derStokker19 February - 28 March 2004 <br />The Drawing Room, London, 2004 <br />
    40. 40. 'flora flora'<br />Katy Dove<br />June 4-22, 2002<br />Press Release:<br />Katy Dove is exhibiting a new silent animation, drawings and embroideries. <br />A screensaver for the Transmission website will be launched at the gallery on <br />Saturday June 15th at 7:30pm.<br />
    41. 41.
    42. 42.
    43. 43.
    44. 44.
    45. 45.
    46. 46. SOFT TOY EMERGENCY - I KNO U WANT IT<br />
    47. 47. Ewan Sinclair<br />Random Variables (the GIFte-conemy) <br />with Wallflower mp3 by Nick Trepka<br />
    48. 48.
    49. 49. Peter Donaldson- THE FALL OF BABYLON (PARTS I & II)<br />video projection (3 min & 4 min)<br />
    50. 50. Feast of Silenus <br />20th May 2004 <br />OLIVER EAST - FOUR BRICKS AND A GROUND SHEET<br />documentation: marker pen on 7 ground sheets<br />
    51. 51. Open Eye Club<br />