Monday, 20 February 2012

Unravel @ Peripherique | Henry Moore Institute | Wednesday 22 February 2012

This Wednesday, Jo will be joining Unravel founder Chris Paul Daniels to give a presentation on the Unravel project so far, as part of the Henry Moore Institute's Peripherique artist-led event series:

As well as screening some of the raw 16mm hand-painted footage and a section of the digitised 16 hour film (with edited soundtrack), Chris and Jo will be talking about the project in relation to their own filmmaking practice and ideas relevant to the project, including collaboration, participation and a discussion around using film in a contemporary context.

The talk will run from 6-8pm on Wednesday 22nd February in the HMI Seminar Room. Free, no booking necessary.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

This Sunday - Olsen at the Hyde Park Picture House

A little something for the weekend...


Programmed by Will Rose & Sarah Handley

Sunday 19 February 2012
Food from 12pm, films from 12.30pm

Hyde Park Picture House
Leeds, LS6 1JD

Homemade food (cake, stew and bread-veg/vegan) for small donation
Entry: £5/4

Olsen presents a two-part screening of recent artists’ film and video, including work by Lewis Klahr, Emily Wardill, Mark Aerial Waller and Anna Lucas, alongside the UK premiere of Ken Jacobs’ award winning ‘Seeking The Monkey King’ (2011, 40min)

Still from Ken Jacobs'  Seeking The Monkey King [image: Village Voice]
Described by film critic Jim Hoberman as “beautiful, terrifying, and determined to storm the doors of perception,” ‘Seeking The Monkey King’ is a furious beatnik analysis of the state of America, and a sensory rage against the horrors of capitalism.

Supported in part by Leeds City Council

OKO @ M1 > Dark Heart, PSL [9 February 2012]

Take Me Higher: an expanded cinema experience inc. OKO > M1 > Dark Heart.

OKO created and performed "Leeds 78", an expanded 16mm/ 35mm slide piece for M1 > Dark Heart, an event series programmed by Derek Horton & Chris Bloor for Glamourie. Glamourie, curated by David Steans, is currently on show until 31st March at Project Space Leeds.

The performance appropriates and re-works Leeds 78, a film produced in 1972 to support Leeds’ bid for the Commonwealth Games in 1978.

Mark came across a 16mm print of the film in 2010. The film remains a bit of a mystery – there is no online documentation or discussion about it that we could find. This is perhaps unsurprising, as Leeds was unsuccessful in the bid.

The film contains some beautiful shots of Leeds International Pool (now demolished) and Leeds Kirkgate Market (currently under threat from outside developers). There is also a section devoted to the construction of a Commonwealth Olympic Village, shown as an architectural model, which was never built.

Repeated viewings of the film led us to reflect on the ways in which Leeds is seen from the outside, and from the inside-out, about how cities evolve and change, about a struggle for a sense of identity, about what is lost to history, and what is found, or discovered, or re-discovered.

The stories that we uncovered through our research drew us to compile a playful but critical slide commentary that accompanies the film. The commentary was inspired in part by Anthony McCall & Andrew Tyndall’s Argument (1978) and consists of 78 35mm slides, which are projected alongside the film. Each time the film is performed, the slides are evaluated and re-edited so that they remain current.

Many thanks to Derek Horton for the documentary photographs above of Leeds 78 at M1 > Dark Heart, Project Space Leeds, February 2012.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

This Saturday - 16mm direct film loop workshop at Leeds Art Gallery

Jo's been busy running film workshops for Artforms, and this Saturday she will be running a 16mm direct film workshop at Leeds Art Gallery as part of SatArtDay.

Taking as a starting point the large scale, abstract paintings of Northern Art Prize nominee James Hugonin, participants will be invited to create film loops using similar compositional techniques.

Binary Rhythm I by James Hugonin (image from
This accessible introduction to structural-material film practice is suitable for all ages and abilities, and is FREE and open access.

You'll be able to project your film loop in the gallery and take it home with you afterwards.

The workshop will take place in Artspace at Leeds Art Gallery, alongside art workshops run by the Education team, and by artist Robert Sharples, who will be staging a interactive and performative workshop in the Henry Moore Lecture Theatre.  All workshops will run 10am-3pm.

Hope to see you there!

This Spring - Workshops at Nowhere Lab, London Lab in London are running lots of film workshops this February, from introductions to super 8 and 16mm to more advanced filmmaking processes, including optical printing and direct super 8 with one of our favourite super 8 filmmakers Ian Helliwell (who also designs and builds his own electronic music machines).

See below for details. To book please email: james.holcombe|at| or telephone: 0207 729 4494. Courses and Workshops | February 2012 and beyond

1. Optical Printing
Friday 10th February, 10.30am – 6pm. £55 members / £85 non members. Four places are available.
For more information please see:

2. Direct Super 8. A workshop with Ian Helliwell
Saturday 11th February, 10:30 - 4:30pm. members £60, non-members £80. Ten spaces are available. For more information please see:

3. Super 8 shooting and colour hand processing.
Saturday 18th February 2012| 10.30am – 6.00pm, £75 members / £105 non-members. There are 6 spaces for this workshop. For more information please see:

4. Bolex 16mm camera workshop and hand processing, Saturday 25th February 2012 10.30am - 6pm.
Cost: £100 members, £130 non-members. There are four spaces available for this workshop. For more information please see:

5. MARCH 2012: Cinematography and the Artists Film. March 16th, 17th, 18th and 30th. Cost: members £300, non - members £550. There are 15 spaces available for this workshop. For more information please see:

6. APRIL 2012: presents: Develop, bleach, fix, wash - Applying photographic chemistry with a brush at Aspex Gallery Portsmouth. Saturday April 28th 10:30 - 5pm. Special Aspex rate: £60. For more information please see:

6. MAY 2012: Expanded Cinema & Optical Sound: A workshop with Guy Sherwin and Lynn Loo. Cost: £130 members, £180 non-members, 4th and 5th May 2012, 10:30 - 5pm. For more information please see:

All courses and workshops in February are held at:
316-318 Bethnal Green Road
E2 0AG