Guest Lecture: E x p a n d e d C i n e m a

Lecture/Performance by Louise Curham and Dr. Lucas Ihlein

My beautiful picture

[Louise Curham & Lucas Ihlein ‘on set’ for (Wo)man with Mirror, 2009]

This week we will be welcoming Louise Curham and Dr. Lucas Ihlein to present an iconic work of Expanded Cinema. Louise and Lucas are engaged in an ongoing project of re-enactments from Expanded Cinema, carried out under Teaching and Learning Cinema (TLC), where they research and document each work, including primary source interviews with original artists.

Louise and Lucas will be discussing the work of TLC which is making an invaluable contribution to a contemporary understanding of Expanded Cinema. Please familiarise yourself with their work and processes on website in preparation of this guest lecture.

lucas_ihlein[Lucas Ihlein performing (Wo)man with Mirror]

In the 1960s and 70s, artists began to re-imagine cinematic form by expanding it beyond the bounds of the filmstrip, which up to that point had been one of cinemas’ defining elements. Further experimentation with the conditions of its presentation as well as an interrogation of the technological apparatus of projection saw the field merge with sculpture, theatre and performance art. In many cases the filmmaker and/or spectator became the protagonist in the films by intervening directly with the cinematic apparatus. The works then were more about the live ‘here and now’ experience and hence much more ephemeral and one off than traditional cinematic presentation.

 

Submission Assessment 1Tuesday 9.30-12.30 with Peter Humble

Your digital files (.mp4) should be uploaded to your Vimeo account. Create an entry on your personal blog that embeds your video into the post accompanied by your project statement.

Add a comment to this post. In the comment, provide your full name and a link to your blog entry – please check your link is working. (Please also make sure this is your tutorial class – class time and tutor’s name are listed above).

Submission Assessment 1 Tuesday 14.30-17.30 with Peter Humble

Your digital files (.mp4) should be uploaded to your Vimeo account. Create an entry on your personal blog that embeds your video into the post accompanied by your project statement.

Add a comment to this post. In the comment, provide your full name and a link to your blog entry – please check your link is working. (Please also make sure this is your tutorial class – class time and tutor’s name are listed above).

Workshop 07: Video Installations

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[Eva Koch, I am the River, 2012]

In this workshop, we discuss the relevant contexts for screen installation works including: expanded cinema, video art, and video installations. We focus on how space is used to stage events delivered through the screen medium, and how techniques and formats of installation are employed. We investigate screen-based installation by re-creating existing works.

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Workshop 06: Remoscopes/ Video projections

In week 6’s workshop, we will explore the construction of an image through making remoscopes (sometimes called, Lumiere films). We explore the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical characteristics of the digital video medium. How do aspects in the moving image such as framing, composition, and the tension between movement and stillness contribute to the meaning of the image as pictorial representation. We will also consider the rule-based practice as an approach that engenders enabling constraints in creative works.

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Workshop 05: Project presentation


[Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Vapour (film still), 2015 ]

In week 5, you will present your Cameraless film project to class for critique. We will also look at the requirement for Research Essay and begin exploring the Major Project.

Practical: ‘Cameraless film’ project presentation and critique

Present your work to class with a brief introduction (or conclusion). Address the  Cameraless film project assessment criteria as follows:

  • Depth and breadth of research
    • What have you looked at?
    • What other works inspired you?
    • Are there any contemporary applications of this kind of technique you found useful?
  • Exploration and experimentation of medium
    • What techniques have you explored/ experimented with?
    • What worked well for you?
    • Why did you pursue the techniques you used?
  • Execution of concept
    • What are the main concepts/ themes you explored?
    • How have these techniques (including editing) have convey your themes/ concepts?

Invite the class to critique to your work: what is the most successful part of the work? what may need further development?

Document comments in a blog post.

Remaining assessments

Have a thorough read of the two remaining assessment in the subject:

What are the objectives? What are the requirements?

Tasks (outside of class):

  • Have a look at other students’ works and comment on their websites.
  • Re-read the outlines of the remainging assessments thoroughly
  • Work on Research essay. Read this Blog!!

https://www.timsquirrell.com/blog/how-to-write-undergraduate-essays

 

Workshop 04: Project Progress


[ay Chow and Lev Manovich, Every shot from Dziga Vertov’s film Man with a Movie Camera (1929), 2012.]

This week we continue to focus on the processes of editing and compiling your footage for your Cameraless Film Project. Discussing and applying what we looked at about editing as a cinematic language as well as experimental device to organise screen time and space.

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Workshop 02: Media Transfer


[Harry Smith, No. 3 (Interwoven), 1949]

In week 2, we continue our exploration of 16mm film medium and experimentation of cameraless film techniques. We look at a range of examples that make use of different film media. We begin the process of transferring film footage to digital video.

Watch and discuss: narrative cameraless film works


[Paul Bush’s The Albatross, 1998]
http://www.paulbushfilms.com/Watchmovies/Albatrossmovie.html


[Caroline Leaf, The Two Sisters, 1991]
http://www.nfb.ca/film/two_sisters/

  1. Discuss how these films use different film materials to denote different qualities.
  2. What are these qualities? And how do they convey meanings?:
  3. How do the techniques used related to concept?
  4. In your own research, what other films/ works use this technique of direct manipulation of film materials? Why do you think they chose to use this technique?

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Workshop 01: Projects Introduction/ Working with Analogue Film

Film strips from Stan Brakhage's Mothlight, 1963
[Stan Brakhage, Garden of Earthly Delights, 1981]

Welcome and introduction:
⁃ Subject Coordinator: Jo Law
⁃ Lecturer: Peter Humble
⁃ Tutor: Peter Humble (9.30 – 12.30, 14.30 – 16.30 workshops)
⁃ Tutor: Boni Cairncross (14.30 – 17.30 workshop)
⁃ Class structure: 1 weekly lecture, 3 hour weekly workshop on Tuesdays
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