MIMC at Alchemy 2018

MOVING IMAGE MAKERS COLLECTIVE

Tickets: Free, ticketed event
HAWICK FILM & VIDEO GROUP, 8 CROFT ROAD, HAWICK

SATURDAY 5 MAY 2:00pm – 3:10pm
SUNDAY 6 MAY 6:00pm – 7:10pm

A selection of work from the Moving Image Makers Collective, a dynamically evolving group of film and moving image artists who are based in the Scottish Borders.

* Members of the Moving Image Makers Collective will be present for a Q&A.

WHITE POINT

Annette Philo/Dorothy Alexander / 4m 2s / 2017 / United Kingdom / European Premiere

A deer makes his appearance through a white point. The film explores the crossover between the technical process of recording image and sound and the expressive gestures which emerge, when both are combined with the spoken word. While filming in Hermitage Castle in the Scottish Borders, the white point was set on my iPhone camera and the exposure dialled in and out, using the touch screen. The Scottish writer Dorothy Alexander, gave her response to this material, in her native Scots tongue. The subsequent recording of her performance inhabits the film produced. When filming with a digital camera, the white point, is the digital reference to the available light.

Poem in Scots:
“Hart cut solid in licht
sliced mortared moss
and ticht-built stanes
till een stepped oot wi blades”

Translation:
“Hart cut solid in light
sliced mortared moss
and tight-built stones
till eyes stepped out with blades”

Biography/Filmography
Annette Philo is represented by the gallery jaggedart, in the West End of London and has screened films in London and Birmingham. Her recent work is in digital media and Video. She works on her films digitally to enhance colour and engineer sound, in order to construct the image presented. The work is influenced by the philosophy of Jean-Francois Lyotard. In ‘Discours, Figure’, Lyotard states, that his book “is on the side of the eye”. The films explore, the ‘Figural’ space which opens between the visual experience and the systems of language, which identify it.

Dorothy Alexanderhas lived and worked all her life in the Scottish Borders. An enthusiastic proponent of found techniques and visual poetry, she has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. In 2002 she won the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition. Her debut novel, The Mauricewood Devils, was published by Freight in 2016.

http://www.dorothyalexander.co.uk

THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING

Kerry Jones / 3m 37s / 2017 / Scotland / World Premiere

An image of Woolworths circa 1970 is deconstructed and abstracted with words from a Mark Fisher lecture mixed and disjointed with a random raver, a shopper and windows. This film is part of an ongoing project Nobody Speak: Digital Twitch. Elements of it have been part of recent installations in 2017: Talbot Rice Gallery; Embassy and Alchemy Film & Arts all have created more layers of abstraction, sound and deconstructed meaning. This new edit is specifically as a single channel film and so presents a very different, focused viewing experience.

Biography/Filmography
I am a multimedia artist based in Scotland whose practice incorporates film; sound; archive; manipulated still images & site-specific interactions. My recent work comes from an interest in appropriating and deconstructing image, sound and narrative – digital twitches that disrupt time and narrative.

http://www.kezzajones.co.uk

EVE

Jane Houston Green / 2m 10s / 2017 / Morocco / World Premiere

Throughout time there have been so many references to this fruit and perhaps it started with Eve and the loss of paradise. Newton did not watch a plum fall to the ground, William Tell never shot at a pear and Snow White was not enticed with a juicy mango!

Biography/Filmography
Jane has worked extensively in dance and theatre in a number of countries across the world. She is now bringing those skills and the eclectic experiences of her past to explore and develop new ideas in film. She has already had work shown at a number of film festivals, had her first solo exhibition in 2017 and was pleased to be chosen for the Alchemy Film Residency in Morocco.

WILL YOU GO WITH ME, MARY?

Nicoletta Stephanz / 2m 35s / 2018 / United Kingdom / World Premiere

Dream….or nightmare?

Biography/Filmography
Nicoletta Stephanz creates sensory environments with her voice, electronic and traditional instruments, and through treating found objects, combining sound with aromatherapy, live film, and fengshui. She has performed and recorded with a variety of musicians and artists including Gong, Daevid Allen, Edward Ka-spel/The Legendary Pink Dots, The Damned, Galactic, and members of Acid Mothers Temple.

PERILOUS

Dorothy Alexander / 1m 40s / 2017 / Scotland / World Premiere

A filmpoem remembering night terrors.

Biography/Filmography
Dorothy Alexanderhas lived and worked all her life in the Scottish Borders. An enthusiastic proponent of found techniques and visual poetry, she has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. In 2002 she won the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition. Her debut novel, The Mauricewood Devils, was published by Freight in 2016.

http://www.dorothyalexander.co.uk

TAJINE

Narda Azaria Dalgleish / 14m 38s / 2017 / United Kingdom / World Premiere

Tajine’s story is an ecologically pertinent adaptation of the Saharan Erg Chebbi dune legend. It also draws broadly on various myth and fact in Biblical, Historical, Archeological and Ecological catastrophe sources.

Biography/Filmography
Narda is a British poet, moving image and installation artist based in the Scottish Borders. She explores ways to deliver explicitly manners of being found in the implicit realm of self-discovery, as no less important partner to the imagery captured in the visible physical world. Narda is an active member of the Moving Image Makers Collective (MIMC) based in the Scottish Borders. She is also a member of the Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Critical Network.

https://www.nardadalgleish.com/

CORRE FOC

Patrick Rafferty / 2m 50s / 2017 / United Kingdom / World Premiere

Corre Foc, Barcelona, end of summer, 2017, while watching this, an elderly lady tugged on my sleeve. Amid the chaos, she took great pleasure in telling me – “This is not Spanish, it is Catalan.” After the terror attack on Las Ramblas earlier in the year, there was a real sense of the people of the city reclaiming the streets – filling the streets with fire, passion, inviting the “devils” through the gates of hell and greeting them with smiles.

PFIESTERIA

Nicoletta Stephanz / 15m 46s / 2017 / United Kingdom /

Biography/Filmography
Nicoletta Stephanz creates sensory environments with her voice, electronic and traditional instruments, and through treating found objects, combining sound with aromatherapy, live film, and fengshui. She has performed and recorded with a variety of musicians and artists including Gong, Daevid Allen, Edward Ka-spel/The Legendary Pink Dots, The Damned, Galactic, and members of Acid Mothers Temple.

The Power to Tell: Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival 2017

The Power to Tell: Selected Works from The Moving Image Makers Collective.

Moving Image Makers Collective / 00:56:34 / 2016 / United Kingdom / World Premiere

Selection of works from the Moving Image Makers Collective, a dynamically evolving group of film and moving image creatives who are based in the Scottish Borders:

Cheers me long by Joy Parker
Prism by Jane Houston Green
Fiddle by Irene Young
Yarn by Kerry Jones
Turning to Ashes by Frank Brown
Backwords by Nicoletta Stephanz
Remedy by Dorothy Alexander
Living the Dream by Ann Vance
Circles #3 by Jessie Growden
celluloid by Jason Moyes
.plan by Farpeek
Growler by Tamsin Growden
On the Cusp by Patrick Rafferty
Beach Hut by Jason Baxter
The Search by Chris Maginn
Merzfrau: Bloomed by Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian
i131 by Dawn Berry

Biography/Filmography:

MIMC held their first community film screening at the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival in April 2015. Since then they have had further screenings of new works at the Heart of Hawick Cinema, Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival and the 2016 Alchemy Film Festival.

MIMC also presented Beyond the Shutter at The Haining in Selkirk, in September 2015, which featured nine installations, a continuous screening of short films, a performance piece and a workshop by Edinburgh filmmaking collective Ethel Maude.

MIMC members come from a diverse range of backgrounds and include authors, poets, photographers, filmmakers, playwrights, painters and mixed media artists as well as complete beginners.

The collective meets once a month at various locations around the Borders to present new work for peer feedback, as well as inviting specialist speakers and filmmakers to share their skills with the group and to screen their own work.

TRINITY CHURCH, BROUGHAM PLACE, TD9 9JU

MIMC at Alchemy 2016

MOVING IMAGE MAKERS COLLECTIVE
SHORT FILM PROGRAMME
SUNDAY 17 APRIL 2016
2.40pm – 4.10pm

Red Cap

Jason Moyes / Scotland / 2016 / 05:36 / Scottish Premiere

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 murder to survive.

Biography/Filmography:

Jason Moyes gained an interest in short film in 2007 after producing no budget DIY music videos for his band. 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. 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.

sunday school

Dorothy Alexander / Scotland / 2016 / 00:01:59 / World premiere

Sunday School is a short meditation on organised religion.

Biography/Filmography:

Dorothy Alexander has lived and worked all her life in the Scottish Borders.
A writer and former tutor of Creative Writing for the University of Strathclyde, she has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow. In 2002 she won the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday Short Story Competition. An enthusiastic proponent of found techniques and visual poetry, she has recently published a novel – The Mauricewood Devils, Freight, 2016. Film titled Jenny Corbett screened April 2015 at Alchemy Film Festival.
Further information available at www.dorothyalexander.co.uk

100 Seconds

Julie Witford / Scotland / 2016 / 01:40 / World premiere

The Slitrig, January 2016

RIPPLE

Jane Houston Green / United Kingdom / 2016 / 05:12 / World premiere

Ripples on water reflecting a brief ripple of time in Mumbai, India where place and space combine with action and energy to create a life absorbing moment.

Biography/Filmography:

As a professional actor/director Jane has spent years working in theatre, film and television. She is currently artistic director of Treading The Borders Theatre Company. Having travelled extensively she has always been stimulated by seeing the world in pictures and has a strong visual memory. This has ultimately led her to experimental film making where she is drawn to people and places which depict the space where worlds meet, mesh, collide – to celebrate the differences while cherishing the similarities.

KEDEM

NARDA AZARIA DALGLEISH / England / 2015 / 08:12 /

Overlooking the North Sea, I faced the East, ‘Kedem’ – the primordial orientation that unites all contraries. I wrote the poem, ‘O Ahmad’, soon after my son was killed by Al-Qaeda.

Biography/Filmography:

Narda Azaria Dalgleish is an Israeli-British poet, moving image and installation artist based in the Scottish Borders. In her work, she is interested in exploring the bridge between the visible, physical world, and the invisible, metaphysical realm of meanings found within.

Snow

Patrick Rafferty / Scotland / 2016 / 01:40 / Scottish Premiere

Trying here to bring back the memory of how exciting it is to be standing outside, head tipped upwards, trying to catch snowflakes on your tongue.
Hawick, 8th January 2016.

Biography/Filmography:

Patrick Rafferty is a full time photographer/Photographic Tutor. His previous photographic work has exhibited in Hawick, Edinburgh, Sligo and Befast. Patrick became interested in film through volunteering to document the Alchemy Film Festival in 2014. This led to his taking a filmmaking course, and subsequently joining Moving Image Makers Collective. Patrick says he is still learning, and discovering in which direction he would like to take his experiments with film.

End Of Film

Kerry Jones / Scotland / 2016 / 01:42 /

3 seconds of end of film frames from a 1978 16mm archive print “Romance of Cashmere”. Image and sound have been stretched, cropped and digitally manipulated whilst remaining red.

Biography/Filmography:

Kerry Jones is a multi-media artist based in Scotland whose work incorporates: film; sound; archives; manipulated still images & site specific interactions. She works on solo projects as well as in collaboration. Her current work is interested in ideas of time travel, U-Chronia (no-time); curiosity and research; archival tangents; transformative adjustments and anachronistic insertions.

Kerry has had her films screened at: The Ickle Film Festival, Dundee (2015); The Leamington Spa Underground Film Festival, (2015); Edinburgh Artist’s Moving Image Festival(2015) and Alchemy Film Festival (2015); Beyond The Shutter, The Haining, Selkirk – Moving Image Installation (2015).

May 2017

24 May 2017
Photos: Patrick Rafferty
Venue: Alchemy Film & Arts

June 2017

22nd june 2017
Photos: Patrick Rafferty
Venue: MacArts, Galashiels

Beyond the Shutter

Between Saturday 12 September and Sunday 20 September 2015, MIMC presented a programme of over twenty locally made films and two moving image installation at The Haining, Selkirk. The site-specific installations, situated in the house, cottage and outbuildings, offer a uniquely cinematic vision of grassroots creative renewal in the Borders. Subjects range from folklore to punk aesthetics, the haunting of Tibbie Tamson hope, time and timelessness, to the mercurial mysticism of feathers.
There will also be a special public screening and talk by the Edinburgh -based film and art collective Ethel Maude on Sat 19 Sept at 7pm.

Moving Image Installations


Celluloid Dreams| Jason Moyes | 00:08:24 | 2015 | Dairy Cottage (downstairs left)
This textural piece utilises a mid-20th century home movie to explore the deterioration of the American Dream. A sideways look at the miniature of everyday lifo or an ‘obsession with the ‘ordinary.


Some Room | Kerry Jones | 2015 | The Haining Morning Room
Enter a room through a door / Leave by a door
Spying some or no detail / Leaving with impressions of our own making.


Property is Theft | Andrew Forsythe & Tony Gulvin | Looped Installation | 00:17:45 | The Cottage (upstairs left)
A day in the life of an anarchist squatter, living in the Scottish borders. Video installation accompanied by a Tony Gulvin Film.


The Hope | Narda Azaria Dalgleish | Looped feature length | 2015 | The Haining dining room
Realisations: time / timelessness, colour / colourless – single channel installation with archive footage of Hawick and the Borders; some insights from interviews with the alumni of Chisholme House, and poetry by Narda.


Film Strip | Chris Maginn | 2015 | Haining stairwell
A series of unconnected impressions, moods and ideas contributed by several artists and edited by Chris Maginn.


Yarn of the Forgotten: Tibbie Tamson Unbound | Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian (The Bird And The Monkey) | 2015 | The Haining Library
“By Haining Loch, beneath the dark’ning skies \ What raging storm beyond the shutters lies?’ Witch? Suicide? Victim of plague or murder? Unravelling the yarn of Selkirk’s Tibbie Tamson, buried on un-consecrated ground in 1790.


Forest 2 | Jessie Growden | 00:07:08 | 2015 | Haining entrance
This film is an exploration into winter in Craik Forest. Filmed entirely on an iPhone, the tall and narrow space for finding images creates a new way of composing images. The film is an attempt to challenge the idea of ‘deep dark woods’ as a scary place that is dark and haunted.


Fugacious: Addressing Ephemerality | Sam Christopher Cornwell | 2015 | The Cottage (downstairs right)
Technology has allowed us to send and share imagery at a faster and more transient pace. ‘Fugacious’ explores one inevitable yet ridiculous nirvana we are headed for.


Mercurius | Richard Ashrowan | 00:10:00 loop | 2015 | The Cottage (upstairs right)
A film installation celebrating the mercurial nature of us all, through a mysterious encounter with feathers. Within alchemy, the rising of the spirit vapour from heated mercury was often depicted using images of feathers.


Screenings and Special Events
Improbable Cinema | The Haining Workshop
The films in this programme celebrate our local filmmakers and the diversity of works produces within the Moving Image Makers Collective. A rolling programme of around thirty short to medium length films – step in and out at any time and expect to be constantly surprised!
Filmmakers Include:
Dorothy Alexander, Richard Ashrowan, Jason Baxter, Frank Brown, Sara Clark, Grace Connor, Eileen Cummings, Narda Azaria Dalgleish, Jessie Growden, Tony Gulvin, Jules Horne, Kirsty Jobling, Kerry Jones, Chris Maginn, Kenny Mitchell, Jason Moyes, Joy Parker, Patrick Rafferty, Julie Witford, The Bird & The Monkey

Ethel Maude in Conversation
Special Screening Event

Move
Sukjin Kim | 00:05:00 | 2015
A work that explores the consequential minutiae of Sukjin Kim’s 2013 work The Creative Beauty of Life and Art, performed in London, Berlin and Korea. It explores an artists connectedness and control over everyday emotions.