Season 18 programme
Will Anderson ‘The Making of Longbird’
A BAFTA winning short animation which explores the god-like art of creation, in a self deprecating ‘mockumentary’ style. Combining cut-out animation with live-action, the film follows a young artist as he attempts to resurrect an iconic character called Longbird, created by an animator called Vladislav Aleksandrovich Feltov.
“The relationship between the insecure but ambitious young animator and his character seamlessly inverts the status of creator and creation. Anderson creates a reflective distance to the film’s own animation, in tune with his conviction that animation as a means of storytelling should be justified.”
Miriam Wendschoff TV Bomb
'The Making of Longbird' has been presented at over 50 Film festivals, winning prizes at Warsaw Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, as well as Stuttgart, Annecy and London International Animation Festivals.
Will Anderson is a writer, director and animator; originally from the Scottish Highlands, he currently lives in Edinburgh.
Susan Kae Grant
This film, one of two films in Season 18 presented in association with Verve Gallery Santa Fe, is about artist/photographer Susan Kae Grant. Her work is often autobiographical in origin, concerning relationships, dreams and gender issues. Like a film director, she stages and controls all aspects of her photographic images and the theatrical narratives she constructs. For the ‘Night Journey’ Series for example she worked with sleep scientist John Herman to access her unconscious visual memory. Grant was awakened from REM sleep at night and she used tapes of interviews made at that point as inspiration to create her imagery for the ‘Night’ series.
“Using the shadow as metaphor, I create images that explore notions associated with dreams and memory and provide pictorial access to the unconscious and unexplainable experiences. These works oftentimes conjure up childhood imaginings, fairy tales and nightmares while portraying a sense of surprise and wonder. By using mythic characters and ambiguous objects, I delve into the fantastic to create phantom-like tableaux. These tableaux capture lost and forgotten fragments of experience and emotion.”
Grant is a Professor and head of the photography & bookmaking programme at Texas Woman's University and teaches workshops annually at the International Center for Photography in New York City.
This film, one of two films in Season 18 presented in association with Verve Gallery Santa Fe, is about Navada Wier; an award-winning American photographer who specialises in documenting the remote areas and cultures of the world.
Nevada's journeys have taken her throughout the deserts, mountains and urban jungles of the globe. She has been published in many national and international publications, including National Geographic, Geo, National Geographic Adventure, Islands, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Smithsonian. Her books include ‘The Land of Nine Dragons - Vietnam Today’ (Abbeville Press), winner of the Lowell Thomas Best Travel Book award. She is a Fellow of The Explorer’s Club and a member of the Women’s Geographic Society.
“I tell my students that there are four possibilities in a colour image: great colour, great light, great action (whether is it grand or subtle), or great pattern or composition. There have to be at least two of those. And, the gesture must be complete if it is essential to the image. However, fundamentally, I am striving for an image that has an emotional impact. I know it when I see it, because I feel it.
… I’ve become more conscious about what I want to achieve in my images and more willing to experiment to achieve a powerful photograph. I think photography is hard. I feel that becoming a “virtuoso of seeing” is an ambitious goal. However, my years of experience and understanding of technical issues certainly are helping me along in my goal. I’ve learned to be more conscious of what I’m doing, to be aware of my surroundings and environment, and to know the powerful moment when I’m photographing.”
Lizzie Sykes: Note (excerpt)
‘Note’ is a screen dance triptych performed by dancer/choreographer Cathy Seago. The work was first screened to an audience in Walford Mill Gallery, while the Europa String Choir (Cathy Stevens and Udo Dzierzanowski) improvised a live composition in response to the film.
On screen, Cathy Seago is silhouetted in an empty art gallery. Behind her the gallery interior forms a series of horizontal lines. Conceptually, Cathy becomes a note on a page. She moves slowly, part shadow puppet, partly in response to the shapes of the gallery. Using a six string violectra, mobile phone apps and guitar, Stevens and Dzierzanowski play a soundtrack in response.
Lizzie Sykes is a Senior Lecturer and works with students on BA Media Production, BA Television Production and MA Directing Film and Television. She has a continued involvement with participatory arts projects, and has produced the guide ‘Creating Film Projects in The Community’. She recently worked on a BBC funded dance film project with young people at Salisbury Arts Centre. Before joining the university Lizzie set up and ran Vivid, a production company that focussed on using film for social change.
Kari McQueen : Curiosity (2012)
The Tekhne project was born at the Interrarium Creation Residency at the Banff Centre of the Arts in 2009, where Kari McQueen experienced and observed the collective approach of an artists’ group searching for a creative breakthrough. After the residency, Kari McQueen completed six experimental shorts in collaboration with six audio artists, reflecting the collaborative processes of the creative residency.
‘Curiosity’ is the first of this six part video series; a series which explores the possibilities uncovered through the creative process, based upon the six steps to revelation developed by Marghanita Laski (1915 –1988), with themes as follows:
Kari McQueen Kari holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art & Design and is a media artist based in Calgary; she joined Calgary Arts Development in 2014 as Community Investment Officer.