‘The screen’ workshop (day 1 of 2)
All students were given some reading, specifically 2 articles from Millennium Film Journal (students have free online access to full PDFs of this extensive journal). The 2 articles explored the nature of the screen in exhibition settings.
In the first, ‘On The Search for Ideal Viewing Conditions’, writer David Curtis starts with a quote from the American artist Robert Smithson where he is talking about his experience of the screen in a cinema setting, he is trying to remember films he has seen and concludes, ‘My memory becomes a wilderness of elsewheres.’
In the 2nd article, ‘Shared Viewing, Moving Images in the Cinema and Museum’ writer Maeve Connolly outlined several different examples of how screen based work has been presented drawing on structures often used in theatre, cinema and museum settings, she concludes by describing the final example as it ‘…offered yet another way of conceptualizing moving image consumption as an activity that involves, necessarily and sometimes productively, both the sharing and division of space and time.’
This workshop has 2 aims, the explore:
1. Screen as physical object (going beyond the simple flat projection screen)
2. Screen as thematic device (a method to expose the theme of your work)
The new work made will be shown in a pop-up exhibition at the end of day 2.
Everyone worked together collaboratively choosing between, cameraless 8mm film techniques, chemically adjusting existing film footage, digital filming and split frame cameras.
At the end of day 1, already some fascinating material has been created, on day 2 we will explore these techniques further and the presentation of what has been made with particular focus on its physical presence.