Jason Moyes | Minus Nine
Thu 3 August and Sat 5 August 2017
Opening Hours: Thu 12-6pm and Sat 10am-4pm
Alchemy Film & Arts, 39-41a High Street, Hawick, TD9 9BU
Featuring works produced from 2014 to March this year ‘Minus Nine’ explores a range of themes and maps the artist’s journey as a filmmaker. Myths and legends are retold, Berwick is at war with St. Petersburg, the American dream is represented in found footage and red lights cast a spell.
minus nine / screen one / running time 25m
Alarm / 1m 40s / 2014
Despite the comforting sound of a ticking clock, tension and frustration mounts as an anonymous and unseen character sinks further into a claustrophobic and twisted loop of shifting and impossible times and dates. A deafening silence builds as pen never quite hits paper, contact with the outside world is lost and one idea after another dissolves, almost stolen by time itself.
Boundaries are blurred as a Baltic city and Berwick meet.
It is said that Berwick-upon-Tweed and Russia were still at war until very recently. This film explores the idea of St. Petersburg intertwining with Berwick and shows an abstract view of the town’s history and identity through its streets, spaces and landmarks, evoking a dream- like and blurred memory of both places.
Two Angels / 4m 24s / 2015
Two angels find joy as they explore a ruined and desolate landscape. But their shared sense of vitality, youth, passion and innocence is tarnished by a lasting memory of destruction that can’t be outrun or wiped from our collective consciousness. The angels pause to remember beauty, but their wings are already as black as the ground they walk on.
Wind Blows at 7 Frames Per Second / 1m 55s / 2015
A strong wind can cleanse the palate against misinterpretation and ambitious translation. Cross winds distort messages between tympanic membrane and comprehension, in this work the wind blows at seven frames per second.
Sea Sisters / 2m 20s / 2015
Two sisters recall memories of a distant ancestor and through her explore their attraction to the power and destructive nature of the sea. Together they contemplate a life that may have been had they answered their family calling and followed in their ancestor’s footsteps.
Red Cap / 5m 33s
This work is inspired by the Red Cap myth from Borders folklore and explores the ideas of purpose and regret experienced by those who have to take the lives of others in order to survive.
Red Lights and a Solstice Moon / 2m 00s / 2016
When the summer solstice coincides with a rare ‘strawberry’ moon, natural and artificial light becomes entwined against the sound of a hypnotic and ambiguous coded radio transmission.
All Things Edith / 3m 47s / 2017
On the 6th March 2017 as part of the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival I took part in an 8-mile walk to the historic Hermitage Castle, led by the filmmaker Andrew Kötting with Claudia Barton. The event offered “A performative perambulation which reunites the ghosts of King Harold and his hand fast wife Edith Swan Neck. They will lead a raggle-taggle procession of artists and miscreants towards Hermitage castle and the spectral vision that is Mary Queen of Scots. A trajectory in celebration of myth-making, ghosts and unreliable memory. May the magnetic force-fields be upon them.” This is just some of the footage I shot on the day, in an effort to capture some of the magic from the event.
minus nine / screen two
Celluloid V3 / 4m 10s / 2016/17.
“America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence. The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set up by the non-dreamers.”
Jason Moyes is a film maker based in the Scottish Borders, with a particular interest in experimental film and artists’ moving image. In his work he is drawn to the idea of challenging traditional notions of sublime beauty in landscape by focussing on its unloved corners. His work is also informed by the notion of presenting traditional narratives through nonrepresentational forms of visual and sonic abstraction – psychologising the image, while challenging traditional viewer perceptions of what story is and might be. The juxtaposition of representing sounds traditionally associated with rural landscapes with vintage synthesizer emulators is of particular interest. At the heart of his work is an ongoing curiosity of what lies beyond the hills, trees and fields of the Borders countryside and he is inspired by the idea that exciting things can be discovered at the end of an overgrown path, beyond a locked gate, or in an abandoned place.
Jason Moyes gained an interest in short film in 2007 after producing no budget DIY music videos for his band, Vacuum Spasm Babies. He has worked in a range of creative roles including radio producer and presenter, music journalist and photographer. He worked on cult music and alternative culture magazine Sun Zoom Spark, has produced content for and had his band played on BBC 6 Music and until recently presented a weekly music show on community radio. His experience working creatively with sound and other media has informed his work and although he has gone beyond producing music videos he still embraces the DIY approach to film making. Jason is a founding member of the Scotland based Moving Image Makers Collective
exhibitions & screenings
Red Lights and a Solstice Moon
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival
London Experimental Film Festival
‘Off the Peg’ @ Creative Coathanger Arts Festival, Galashiels
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival
Artists’ Moving Image Festival @ Summerhall, Edinburgh
Wind Blows at Seven Frames Per Second
Exploding Cinema Disposable Film Festival, London
Celluloid Dreams – Installation
‘Beyond the Shutters’ YES Festival, Selkirk
Moving Image Makers Collective Screening, Hawick
24th June 2015
Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick
16th – 19th April 2015
Stirling Cycling Hub – Cycling Shorts Pop-Up Cinema Night, Stirling
31st January 2014