Today from 6pm UK time: coastalcurrents.org.uk/screening-3/
Please note there is nudity and sexual content in this screening which we would advise isn’t for under 18’s
grounded – Screening 1 is live:
URSULA MAYER, CINESEXUAL (AUSTRIA, 2014), 16MM FILM TRANSFERRED TO VIDEO (SILENT), 03.44
grounded is a season of online screenings that brings work together work from the fields of artist moving image, documentary and screendance.
Each set of films will be available online for 24 hours; the screening dates are
Screening 1: Tuesday 28 July 6pm – Wednesday 29 July 6pm
Screening 2: Thursday 30 July 6pm – Friday 31 July 6pm
Screening 3: Tuesday 4 August 6pm – Wednesday 5 August 6pm
Screening 4: Thursday 6 August 6pm – Friday 7 August 6pm
Talk: Saturday 8 August, 3 – 5pm – LIVE ON FACEBOOK
Screening 5 : Saturday 8 August 6pm – Sunday 9 August 6pm
Supported by the University of Brighton and focusing on artists predominantly based in the south- east of England and London, grounded proposes a way of thinking about movement as a political act. Set against the backdrop of Covid-19, the season considers the variety of ways artists use movement in video and film to explore the relationship of the body to society, of confinement to imagination, and health to politics. Much like the Danse Macabre, a medieval allegory about the equalising power of death, the programme is a space, albeit virtual, where we can reflect on questions around solitude and communication, community and identity, solidarity and our futures.
grounded echoes the approach of those working in grounded theory who gather materials together to understand the social conventions that affect how people act and relate to each other. The season asks how we may break new ground in developing a social fabric that is welcoming, how we traverse boundaries and dissolve conventions, how we nurture newness and mourn what we have lost, how we remember and how we forget, how we explore what it means to be human.
The programme is composed of five online screenings, each appearing online for 24 hours from 6pm, and is hosted by Coastal Currents, Hastings UK. Curated by Claudia Kappenberg, University of Brighton and Fiontán Moran, Tate Modern.
LIST OF ARTISTS: Jordan Baseman, David Blandy, Holly Blakey, Lucy Cash, Lisa Clifford, Phoebe Collings-James, Hugh O’Connor, Oona Doherty, Dave Tynan, Becky Edmunds, Adham Faramawy, HRH, Evan Ifekoya, Onyeka Igwe, Fenia Kotsopoulou, Andrew Kötting, Paul Maheke, Zoë Marden, Ursula Mayer, Harriet Middleton Baker, Graeme Miller, Hugh O’Connor, Harold Offeh, Florence Peake, Sally Potter, Yvonne Rainer, Ben Rivers, John Smith, Eve Stainton, Dave Tynan, Rosa-Johan Uddoh, Cheryl White, Gray Wielebinski.
This is an open call for submissions to Volume 10 of the International Journal of Screendance: http://screendancejournal.org.
The past several years have witnessed the growth and consolidation of screendance studies as a scholarly field, while the creative practices at the intersection of dance and screen continue to proliferate, change, and challenge. The first volume of IJSD asserted with the provocation that “Screendance has not yet been invented.” Volume 10 of IJSD presents an opportunity to reflect on screendance now. Where do we find ourselves as a field? How do audiences currently engage with dance onscreen? On what tools and resources do artists rely? What pressing questions and concerns are on our collective horizon, and what are the lingering issues that have not been fully addressed?
We invite contributions related to all aspects of screendance production, curation, reception, history, and analysis in the forms of scholarly research (articles), interviews, reviews, provocations and viewpoints, and visual essays. We invite contributions that address dance film and festivals, dance in global popular cinemas and television, dance in social media, installation and digital dance, dance games, and any other possible combination of dance and screen. We particularly welcome contributions from emerging scholars, and from artists and scholars working outside the United States and United Kingdom.
The focus of IJSD is to support and nurture cross-disciplinary writing on screendance by developing ideas and debates at the intersection of film, dance, visual arts, and media arts. Contributions to IJSD will expand and critique contemporary notions of screen-based images and changing choreographic practices, and engage with theories and philosophies from interdisciplinary fields.
Glasgow-based dance organisation The Work Room has been commissioned by digital commissioning agency The Space to showcase work from artists experimenting with dance and film, in a new series called ‘In Motion’. The works were created specifically for screen, commenting on subjects as diverse as Brexit, the uncertainty and stress felt when continually being forced to move house, women reclaiming the streets at night, and civil disobedience.
These films highlight how Scotland’s choreographers and dance artists are combining film and dance to make powerful creative expressions about the world we live in.
The first film will be released on Tuesday 3 April and will be streamed live on The Work Room’s Facebook page @theworkroomglasgow as well as available to watch on YouTube.
A new film will be released every Tuesday until 24 April.
Faux Pas, by Stasis
Shot in Glasgow’s Barrowlands, this film reacts against the visual stereotypes of young women often portrayed in mainstream film by showing how the female form can reclaim the streets at night. These women are far from vulnerable as they work closely and collaboratively to make space for themselves and have a riotous time among the industrial backstreets.
Never Walk Alone, by Bridie Gane
A timely piece that explores the UK’s relationship with Europe, Bridie uses extremely slow movement infused with a retro theatricality to produce a wry commentary that will resonate with many.
Movement in Progress, by Lucas Chih-Peng Kao
Taiwanese dancer Kai ended up moving house twelve times in a mere two years whilst living in Glasgow. This part-documentary part-dance performance is a touching story about how it feels to continually be on the move and how we hold onto memories attached to where we live.
Cells of Illegal Education, by Farah Saleh
Between 1988 and 1992, schools and universities in Occupied Palestine were closed by Israeli military rule and those who refused to abide were labelled as ‘cells of illegal education’. In this film, Fareh Saleh reenacts, transforms and deforms gestures that were exercised by students at Birzeit University to take a closer look at the role of civil disobedience in instigating societal change and how their echoes are felt in contemporary times.
Filmmaker and director of In Motion, Katrina McPherson says, “For nearly 30 years, based in Scotland and often working internationally, I have made work in collaboration with many different dance artists, and taught the subject all over the world. It makes me particularly happy to see the wealth of activity in this area now happening in Scotland. Dance artists and filmmakers are using whatever technology they have to make movement-based work for screen that explores and communicates ideas, themes and stories they feel passionate about. I am very excited to have the opportunity to share some of this work with you through In Motion, a curated selection of original screen dance works, made in Scotland, and available to watch worldwide online.”
Director of The Work Room, Anita Clark says, “We are very excited to be working with The Space to bring screendance from some of Scotland’s independent choreographers to new audiences. The Work Room empowers artists to lead in their practice, and In Motion is enabling us to develop this digitally.”
Fiona Morris, CEO and Creative Director of The Space said, “The Space is delighted to be partnering with The Work Room and supporting the organisation in both building its digital capacity, and ensuring its works are accessible to the widest possible audience.”
Watch the films online at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC73044vqz2LDQ2Rbg9AS_2A
Notes for editors
About The Work Room
The Work Room (TWR) is an artist-led organisation, committed to supporting a sustainable environment for independent artists working in dance in Scotland. Our mission is to empower artists to lead in their practice, enabling them to make high quality, pioneering dance for diverse contexts at home and internationally. We are based within Glasgow’s Tramway where we have a studio for choreographic residencies.
The Work Room is supported by Creative Scotland as an RFO and by Glasgow City Council.
About The Space
The Space is a commissioning and development organisation, established by Arts Council England and the BBC to support greater digital access to the arts. The Space is committed to supporting and facilitating the UK arts sector to realise its digital ambitions. The organisation commissions arts projects and provides a production and distribution support to ensure that these projects reach a wide and diverse range of audiences. The Space has supported In Motion through funding from Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, and the BBC.
Katrina McPherson is award-winning screen dance artist, whose single, multi-screen and online works have been presented at venues and festivals world-wide. She trained as a dancer and choreographer at Laban, London after which an early career fascination with the creative possibilities of dance and the moving image took her to art college to study video art. A number of works directed by Katrina are held in collections including Lux Artists’ Moving Image UK, Routledge Performance Archive and the British Council. She is a director of arts programmes for UK television making films for BBC, Scottish Television and Channel Four, and was co-director of Goat Media Productions from 2001-2015. Katrina has taught screen dance in the UK, Australia, Germany, USA, Canada and China and she is the author of Making Video Dance (Routledge 2006), the first workbook for screen dance which is used as a core text for courses at universities world-wide, with a new edition due out in the summer 0f 2018.
This event explores how filmmakers of colour are responding to new technologies, creating fresh work that is opening up new spaces for conversation around the exclusivity of filmmaking.
Friday 30 March 2017
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London