DREAMLAND 1

DREAMLAND 1


SHORT FILM PROGRAMME
Friday 4 April, 12pm – 1.15pm

Dream recollections merge into a fluid filmic dissolution, as we witness the memory image itself dissolving, leaving only traces of an after-image. Emerging through a secluded grove into a painterly reverie, we are transported to the mountains, where amusement parks and billboards have invaded our sense of the sublime. In this lucid dream, we find cold shelter in a misty monochrome glass house, but then we are in a forest, abstracted in vivid colour, and someone inverted starts to read Dante, drawing us toward a still blue lake. Finally, this dream slowly crumbles in the sunlight.

Toby Tatum, Davor Sanvincenti, Nick Collins and Maria Magnusson will be present for a Q&A.

Tickets: £4
MAIN AUDITORIUM, HEART OF HAWICK – TOWER MILL

All films in this programme:

My clothes were dragging me back

Maria Magnusson/Sweden 2012/00:04:53/United Kingdom premiere

In, My clothes were dragging me back, I have continued to work with Delia Derbyshire’s radioshow for BBC ”Inventions for Radio: Dreams” 1964. The stories which are about being chased and to be in akward situations, are combined with a found footage material, from a Teaching Aid Dep-film about a school in Toronto from 1968, of children schooled in society with various kinds of pedagogy. Short edits that consists of portraits of the children in different states of mind are repeated, like a pickup on a turntable that is stuck on a track. A superimposed image, a kaleidoscope moves fast, and serves as a white noise on the portraits.

Biography/Filmography:

Maria Magnusson works with video/film and photography lives and works in Gothenburg. Magnusson completed a MA in Photography, School of Photography in 1997-1999 and a BA in Photography, 1994-1997 School of Photography, Gothenburg University, Sweden.She also completed a BA of Arts in History and Theory of Art 1991-94 Gothenburg University, Sweden. Her videoform-language is strongly influenced by the photographic tradition and experiments with sound and moving images.

http://mariamagnusson.tumblr.com/

Venue: MAIN AUDITORIUM, HEART OF HAWICK – TOWER MILL
Tickets: £4 (for the whole Dreamland 1 programme)
Screening date: Fri 4 April
Screening time: 12pm – 1.15pm


after | image

Grayson Cooke/Australia 2013/00:10:40/Scottish Premiere, United Kingdom premiere

“after | image” is an art-science project about personal and material memory, and about archival preservation and dissolution; it features time-lapse macro-photography of photographic negatives being chemically and physically destroyed. The result is a surreal and dreamlike exploration of the fragility of memory and the chemical materiality of film. Each of the substances used (strong acids and oxidising agents) affects the negative differently, with different temporal envelopes of attack, sustain and decay; each process thus has its own specificity, and marks a different regime in an interrogation of the archived image, its materiality, durability and chemical make-up.

Biography/Filmography:

Grayson Cooke is an interdisciplinary scholar and award-winning media artist, Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University. Grayson has presented live audio-visual performance works in Australia and internationally, and he has exhibited and performed in major international festivals such as the Japan Media Art Festival, the Seoul New Media Festival, and the FILE Festival in Sao Paulo. As a scholar he has published 20+ academic articles in print and online journals. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD from Concordia University in Montreal.

http://www.graysoncooke.com

Venue: MAIN AUDITORIUM, HEART OF HAWICK – TOWER MILL
Tickets: £4 (for the whole Dreamland 1 programme)
Screening date: Fri 4 April
Screening time: 12pm – 1.15pm


exland

mihai grecu and thibault gleize/France 2013/00:07:40/United Kingdom premiere

Gigantic abandoned amusement parks and abstract commercial displays are hidden somewhere between foggy mountains and windy fjords. From these places, a mysterious colorful tsunami appears, flooding the majestic landscape underneath it.

Biography/Filmography:

Mihai Grecu and Thibault Gleize form a multimedia duo activating in Paris. Their practices articulate themselves around various media such as digital video, installation, graphic design, photography and drawing. Chaotic sensations, alienated cities, polluted beings and noisy atmospheres mark the boundaries of these hallucinatory spaces.

http://www.mihaigrecu.org/

Venue: MAIN AUDITORIUM, HEART OF HAWICK – TOWER MILL
Tickets: £4 (for the whole Dreamland 1 programme)
Screening date: Fri 4 April
Screening time: 12pm – 1.15pm


The Secluded Grove

Toby Tatum/United Kingdom 2012/00:04:24/Scottish Premiere

A pastoral dream-zone of autumnal forests and dark abiding groves conjured with the hallucinatory intensity of a death-bed reverie.

Biography/Filmography:

Born 1974 Reading, England. Studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art.
Toby Tatum’s films have been exhibited at numerous film festivals and arts events worldwide, including screenings at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the London Short Film Festival, the Berwick Upon Tweed Film & Media Arts Festival and the Swedenborg International Film Festival.
Toby Tatum lives in Hastings.

http://www.tobytatum.com/

Venue: MAIN AUDITORIUM, HEART OF HAWICK – TOWER MILL
Tickets: £4 (for the whole Dreamland 1 programme)
Screening date: Fri 4 April
Screening time: 12pm – 1.15pm


The Glass House

Genevieve Lutkin/United Kingdom 2011/00:04:21/Scottish Premiere

In his book Nadja (1928) Surrealist writer and theorist Andre Breton describes his fantasy dwelling place: a glass house, where he ‘…sleeps nights in a glass bed, under glass sheets’ and finally ‘…appears etched by a diamond’. The film follows the journey of a female character, who appears caught in web of dream events. As the film develops the boundaries between dream and reality are gradually eroded. The film proposes a further interpretation of Breton’s Surrealist vision. With all walls being made of glass the dweller within is forced to experience the environment beyond. Those inside ponder the possibilities of venturing out into this unknown wilderness, to escape the domestic confines and embrace a natural terrain perhaps forgotten or overlooked. The home, usually protecting its inhabitants, here initiates a rejection of man made space and reclamation of the natural landscape.

Biography/Filmography:

Genevieve graduated from Fine Art at Falmouth University Cornwall in 2011. She now lives in London and studies on the Photography and Moving Image MA programmes at The Royal College of Art.

http://www.genevievelutkin.com/

Venue: MAIN AUDITORIUM, HEART OF HAWICK – TOWER MILL
Tickets: £4 (for the whole Dreamland 1 programme)
Screening date: Fri 4 April
Screening time: 12pm – 1.15pm


Ici

Walter Ungerer/United States 2013/00:07:33/European premiere

The film begins with abstract images of continuously changing in color, shape and texture. Slowly it reveals the source and real identity of the original subject-matter, and in so doing has transcended the abstract world for reality. Yet, they co-exist. Time lapse video clips form the basis of this work.

Biography/Filmography:

Walter Ungerer (b. New York City) has been making films since 1960. He began producing his own work in 1963. In 1969 he moved to Vermont, then established Dark Horse Films, a non-profit production company in 1976 in order to produce feature length experimental narrative films. In 2003 he moved to Maine where he continues to make films.

http://www.darkhorsefilms.org

Venue: MAIN AUDITORIUM, HEART OF HAWICK – TOWER MILL
Tickets: £4 (for the whole Dreamland 1 programme)
Screening date: Fri 4 April
Screening time: 12pm – 1.15pm


Sleeping Woman (with Canto I)

Maria Niro/United States 2013/00:03:55/United Kingdom premiere

Sleeping Woman, an abstract meditation on waking. We slip into a tense, claustrophobic technological gaze, as the 13th and 21st centuries collide. This visual poem is set entirely within a circle exploring time, space and light and the initial stage of a journey using Dante’s Canto I entering the dark woods.

Biography/Filmography:

Maria Niro is an artist and filmmaker based in New York City working with video, installation, photography and sound. Her work explores the poetics of memory and dreams and their connections to the textures and rhythms of water, light, time and space. Her work has screened in spaces throughout the world including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, River to River Festival in New York, The International Directors Lounge Berlin, European Media Arts Festival Germany, WNDX Winnipeg and many others. She is currently working on her first feature documentary about the life and work of artist Krzysztof Wodiczko.

http://www.marianiro.com

Venue: MAIN AUDITORIUM, HEART OF HAWICK – TOWER MILL
Tickets: £4 (for the whole Dreamland 1 programme)
Screening date: Fri 4 April
Screening time: 12pm – 1.15pm


Blue arpeggios

Davor Sanvincenti/Croatia 2012/00:05:10/United Kingdom premiere

Blue arpeggios is a time work which avoids the structural narrative and can be grasped as a metaphor for consciousness, perception or as a reflection on the individual position in nature. The fixed gaze becomes an exploration for subjective world of perception, cognition and imagination. The music composed by Francisco López evokes and strengths the inner landscape of associations.”Sometimes the landscape is the subject; other times it shares the moment in balance with an action taking place within it; yet always its energy is present and felt for what it is – the natural raw material of the human psyche.” – Bill Viola

Biography/Filmography:

Davor Sanvincenti (b.1979) is a multimedia artist from Croatia, specifically interested in a field of audiovisual research and anthropology of visual culture. His work plays with the concept of illusion, exploring the possible boundaries of perception and the construction of experience. In 2010, he was recipient of the Radoslav Putar Award for the best Croatian artist under 35. His work has been exhibited and presented internationally in venues including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; HfG/ZKM, Karlsruhe; Lincoln Center, New York; UniversalMuseum Joanneum, Graz; Museo de Arte Contemporanea, Oaxaca; La Triennale, Milano; Filmoteca Española, Madrid; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

http://messmatik.net/

Venue: MAIN AUDITORIUM, HEART OF HAWICK – TOWER MILL
Tickets: £4 (for the whole Dreamland 1 programme)
Screening date: Fri 4 April
Screening time: 12pm – 1.15pm


How to Talk to Kids

Scott Fitzpatrick/Canada 2011/00:03:00/Scottish Premiere

“8 mm is a tool of defense in this society of mechanized corruption because through 8 mm and its puny size we come closer to the dimensions of the atom” – George Kuchar. Shot for the 2011 WNDX One Take Super 8 Event, How to Talk to Kids is a ghostly, melancholic adaptation of The Life Cycle Series of educational books for children and parents.

Biography/Filmography:

S.F. is a visual artist (Libra) from Winnipeg MB, whose film and video work has screened at underground festivals and marginalized venues worldwide. He studied film theory and production at the University of Manitoba, and began conducting lo-fi moving image experiments in late 2010. Primarily a filmmaker; also heavily invested in photography, re-photography, kaleidoscope and collage.

https://vimeo.com/artbarbarian/videos

Venue: MAIN AUDITORIUM, HEART OF HAWICK – TOWER MILL
Tickets: £4 (for the whole Dreamland 1 programme)
Screening date: Fri 4 April
Screening time: 12pm – 1.15pm


Trissákia 3

Nick Collins/United Kingdom 2013/00:09:00/Scottish Premiere

Beginning with the ruins of a Greek Byzantine church and ending with trance rituals in Burma, this programme sketches a trajectory of shifting perspectives and iconographic references, from the cloistered and intimate to the expansive and unrestrained. Nick Collins’ Trissákia 3 documents the eponymous c. thirteenth century Greek church, its cracked though surprisingly intact frescoes, its crumbling stones and the dubious scaffolding that encases it, his camera revelling in the supernal beauty created by the light and shadow play resulting from its damaged openings.

Biography/Filmography:

Nick Collins studied history at the University of Cambridge and film at the Slade School of Fine Art. Since 1976 he has made nearly 40 short films, screening at venues including Image Forum (Tokyo), EXiS (Seoul), the International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and Media City. He is the 2007 recipient of the Lucca Film Festival’s Grand Prix and the 2012 Fuji Prize at 25fps Film Festival (Zagreb). He is a Visiting Lecturer in Film at the University of Brighton and lives in Lewes.
Space for Reflection at no.w.here
A conversation between Nick Collins and Tim Cawkwell
At Lightcone
At Lux

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/nick-collins/24/2a8/186

Venue: MAIN AUDITORIUM, HEART OF HAWICK – TOWER MILL
Tickets: £4 (for the whole Dreamland 1 programme)
Screening date: Fri 4 April
Screening time: 12pm – 1.15pm



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