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The second in Open Cinema's workshops was developed and lead by Ed Webb-Ingall.

Ed's research looks to recover, reactivate and revive the history and practice of community video. Ed gave a brief  account, from 1968 to 1981 of the development of a medium and moving image style that continued the tradition of direct cinema (cinema verité) although with radically different in form and content—that of community video making.

Supported by public funding, the community video movement enabled groups and individuals to use a media that was often used to misrepresent them - through broadcast television, to  engage in new forms of collective self-representation. Women’s groups, working class communities, gay liberation activists, tenants associations and people of color had the means to explore and represent their own experiences collectively.  Video’s DIY possibilities was often a technology to encourage community organization.

Open Cinema

a collective adventure in digital filmmaking and sharing
March–October 2015

 

Open Cinema is an 8-month long digital film project that offers free training, a range of free events, and the opportunity to collaborate on the production of an exciting 2-day cinema event in Hackney.

Social Cinema Working with artist Neil Cummings and a pool of film professionals and enthusiasts, we will collectively research, find and make digital films, put together a screening programme, build a temporary cinema and celebrate!

Open Cinema will promote collaborative learning, and explore the role of film in representing and reactivating places, with an emphasis on Hackney.   The project includes opportunities for training in:  collecting, digitization, editing, camera use,  audio recording and programming.

Open Cinema is open to people of all ages living and working in and around Hackney, who are interested in taking part in a collective adventure in digital filmmaking and sharing.     

Please contact Laurence Taylor for further information: info(at)openschooleast.org or 07734 777 874.

Open School East
Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Road
London N15SQ
www.openschooleast.org

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UAL Values ABOUT: Cultures of Resilience (CoR) are the interwoven narratives, ideas, things and performances that, together, create the cultural fabric of an emerging sensibility: a resilient network capable of navigating the turbulence of our times. Art and Design practices have the potential to catalyse creative assemblies, to contribute to environmental stewardship and social renewal.

EVENT: CoR Exchange is a cross-University of the Arts London (UAL) event that will take place from the 23 to 28 of March 2015 . It's a component of a two year initiative instigated by Chair Ezio Manzini, the aim of which is to enhance the UAL’s contribution to a more resilient and sustainable society.

STRUCTURE: The CoR Exchange is where various research clusters present, perform and share their ongoing research.  The Exchange space will evolve as micro-events, temporary exhibitions, performances, discussion or short workshops leave various traces that accumulate into an evolving exhibition and archive.

An insurgent research group I am part of, visited Genva to meet with artists, academics and activists hosted by the CCC at HEAD (Haute école d'art et de design - Geneva University of Art and Design).

‘[...]…when bubbles, individuals, or beings, human and non-human, amass and cohere, their influence on one another creates all manner of formal distortion.’

Hélène Frichot writing on Peter Sloterdijk

 

I participated in Assembling, a research exhibition and series of events curated by Amy McDonnell, at the Cookhouse Gallery at Chelsea College of Arts

Assembling explored why and how artists associate.

I'm part of an insurgent research group, inspired by a visit to MayDay Rooms, we are working through a range of research trajectories, one of which is Cultures of Resilience, and another an emerging Anthropocene Atlas.

My understanding of resilience,  is that it's the capacity of a bounded network - a person, bacterial culture, a forest, a city or an economy, to deal with change and continue to develop. It's the capacity to use shocks and disruption - like an infection, financial crisis or climate change, to spur renewal and creative practice. Resilience is a model to think through sustainable ways  to co-exist within our biosphere. 

SUNLIGHT: energy labour value was a screening powered by the Electric Pedals Cinema that Critical Practice, a research cluster I work with, organised; it was hosted by Open School East.

The Cinema harnessed the energy from eight adults pedalling (continually and in rotation) bikes-on-stands-connected-to-generators. The noise, heat and sweat enabled the audience to feel the energy and labour necessary to power the projector, dvd player, amp and speakers. Labour and energy were part of the entertainment.

Sunlight

 

WaterpaintingA long time ago, I was asked by the Whitechapel Gallery, London, to contribute an artwork for the Bigger Splash Benefit Auction, to raise funds for their public programme. Each invited artist was supplied with watercolour paints, paper and brushes.

I wondered what kind of watercolours would collectors of contemporary art like? Of course, they like what other collectors like them like. I thought, what paintings are popular? Gary Hume paintings are very, very popular. I decided to make two Gary Hume-like watercolours, copies of images reproduced in the catalogue of the Whitechapel exhibition in 1999; from his Water Painting series.

Like this one (left) since 2000 in the Tate Collection

Following his usual practice, Hume linear-traced silhouettes of women from found photographic imagery onto aluminium, offsets and superimposes them, then paints flat, high-key, household gloss monochrome grounds. The outlines float, flicker and ripple, producing his familiar seductive, sexy, paintings. I extended the process by tracing photographic reproduction of the paintings from the Whitechapel catalogue, transferred them to paper, masked the wiry tracings, and then laid down flat-wash watercolour backgrounds. Water Painting mutations.

SunlightI've been working as part of Critical Practice towards Differently Screening 4: SUNLIGHT: energy labour value

It's a screening and discussion powered by the Electric Pedals Cinema. The Cinema harnesses the energy from 6 adults pedalling bikes-on-stands-connected-to-generators, which enables the audience to be part of the entertainment as they power the screening.

7 pm - 9 pm Wednesday 10th December 2014
Open School East
The Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Road
London N1 5SQ

Join Critical Practice and Open School East to generate energy, a cinema screening and discussion (with beer and bread) on sustainable labour, value and energy, on cinema, love, property and theft.

Truth is Concrete

5.30 - 8.00pm Tuesday 25th November

The Green Room at Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU

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