BYOB featuring Tom Vek performing live – Sunday 20 March

BYOB – or Bring Your Own Beamer – is a worldwide phenomena conceived by Berlin-based artists Rafaël Rozendaal and Anne de Vries. Events have been staged in hundreds of cities across the world – and now – Canterbury.

WHEN: Sunday 20th March, Workshop 16:00-19:00, DJ Set 19:00-20:30, Tom Vek 20:30-21:30
WHERE: The Venue

Film-makers, photographers, visual artists, and everyone with an image to share, are invited to participate by bringing their own “beamer” (the European word for projector) for a night of live experimentation and collaboration.

The evening will culminate in a live audio-visual performance by award-winning DIY multi-instrumentalist Tom Vek. Featuring stripped-down and re-appropriated tracks from his 3 album lo-fi electro-rock repertoire, the set will feature his own brand of bold graphic synchronised visuals.

Bring your own projector – or come to our Build Your Own Beamer workshop directly before, from 16:00-19:00, where we will show you how to make your own projector, from just a paperclip, a shoebox and a magnifying glass.

Extension leads provided. Analogue and digital projectors welcome (bring your own computer).

 

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Passage – Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March

ARTIST Matt Rowe
WHERE Barlow room, Eliot Cloister
WHEN Saturday & Sunday, 14:00-20:00

Artist Matt Rowe’s installation explores the eerie symbolism of friendly societies and codes that remain hidden in open sight. Rowe has created Pepper’s Ghost Pyramid, an illusion where unusual broadcasts of ectoplasmic colour and esoteric symbols manifest with a holographic display. His animated sequences are interlaced with recordings of the obscure ‘numbers stations’ that exist at the fringes of the shortwave radio spectrum. The transmissions recall lists of numbers and incomprehensible coded messages. These messages are read out by synthesised voices, alluding to events beyond the visible spectrum.

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Derelictus- Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March

ARTIST Martin Lang
WHERE Rutherford Extension 12
WHEN Saturday and Sunday 14:00-20:00

Artist Martin Lang’s images occupy the threshold of our recognition. They allow us to believe in the places they portray, just as we believe many of the manipulated and enhanced images that surround us. They are loaded with potential meaning and open to being colonised by the viewers’ imagination and fears. Are they simply abandoned industrial spaces that exist alongside the landscapes we occupy? Or are they quasi-militaristic spaces that refer to science fiction, or terrorist training camps? Ultimately the viewer is unable to avoid the obvious fact of the work’s materiality. Rather than escaping into the picture, instead the viewer is caught in a dead-end meditation on the impossibility of escaping. Lang is studying for a PhD in the School of Arts.

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A Guide to the British Non-Passerines – Sunday 20 March

ARTIST Marcus Coates
WHERE Darwin Conference Centre
WHEN Sunday 15:00-16:00, 17:00-18:00, 19:00-20:00

In this video work from 2002, the artist has filmed himself making the calls of each of the non-passerine birds of Britain – the birds that are not songbirds. The accuracy of his vocal rendition is created using a process whereby recordings of bird calls are slowed down, altering the pitch of the sound. Coates then films himself singing in unison with this slowed-down recording. The footage is then sped-up, back to the ‘original’ tempo of the bird call. This is an attempt to provide a reliable guide or document of these calls using his own voice. Produced by Wysing Arts.

 

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Confined Projections- Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March

ARTIST: Eleen Deprez, Sara Janssen, Hans Maes
WHERE: Foyer of Jarman Building
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday 14:00-20:00

At the end of the Nineteenth Century, Mutoscopes dominated the coin-in slot peep show industry in Britain. Working on the same principle as a flip-book and hand operated, these early motion picture devices allow the viewer to speed up and slow down the film at any given moment. This exciting project will present six unique custom-made mutoscopes investigating the role of the body in film spectatorship, as well as the tension between public and private, and visibility and invisibility. The mutoscopes will be showing new works by international artists and filmmakers Elias Heuninck, Jason Dee, Katie McGown, Helen Kirwan & Simon Pruciak, José Fernandez Levy and Sensate Films.
Confined Projections is presented by members of academic staff at the School of Arts, Eleen Deprez, Sara Janssen and Hans Maes.

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Mundus Subterraneous- Friday 18 March

ARTIST Sarah Craske
WHERE Templeman Library Lecture Theatre
WHEN Friday 12:30-13:30 Panel discussion followed by film screening

The premiere of a new, permanent film installation by artist Sarah Craske for the Templeman Library, Mundus Subterranous explores the concept of books as centres of microbial data, and data transfer, and reflects on tensions in the relationship between digital and physical knowledge.

Over the last decade, libraries and archives have been through a huge process of change. As technology develops at an increasing speed, so does our relationship with knowledge. Knowledge itself is continually being redefined and accessed more immediately whilst acquisition and storage of knowledge is moving from the real to the virtual world. Mundus Subterraneous explores the idea that the physical archive is not just objects holding data within the text printed on their pages; the objects can also contain knowledge and data embedded within their physical form.

The film will be introduced by Sarah Craske, who will talk about the development of the work. She will be joined by a panel including including Assistant Director Information Services (Library Collections) Trudy Turner.

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Passages of Gothic- Sunday 20 March

ARTISTS: The Melodrama Research Group
WHERE: Eliot Dining Hall
WHEN: Sunday 17:00-20:00

Passages of Gothic is an atmospheric multi-screen installation celebrating the Gothic Heroine in film. While she is often dismissed as a passive observer, this curated collection of classic film clips shows heroines in gothic films in moments of active investigation and bravery, which often stand directly in opposition to her suffering and persecution. Explore the slippage between women’s private and public behaviours in a setting which reflects, indeed heightens, the complexity of these underrated female protagonists.

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Projecting the fictional onto the physical: Chilham on Screen- Saturday 19 March

ARTIST: Lavinia Brydon and Lisa Stead
WHERE: Grass outside Rutherford Extension
WHEN: Saturday, 16:00-20:00

Since Powell and Pressburger filmed their iconic A Canterbury Tale in Chilham, this east Kent village  has hosted a wide variety of filmmakers and television crews, providing a backdrop for Jane Austen adaptations, and playing host to TV shows including Top Gear, Poirot and Miss Marple.

This projection focuses on the filming of the 2009 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. Images of the village before, during and after the shoot, show what happens when a village is transformed into a film set, and prompts us to consider how the identity of Chilham was negotiated, shaped or transformed in the processes of being filmed and through this particular screen legacy. The images are accompanied by audio interviews with members of the local community. The work uses materials collected and discussed at ‘Chilham On Screen: A One-Day Festival’ held at Chilham village hall in October 2015.
Lavinia Brydon is Lecturer in Film at the School of Arts, and Lisa Stead is Lecturer in British and American Cinema at the University of Exeter.

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Lupino Cinema Programme- Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March

The Lupino is a new, 62 seat, state-of-the-art cinema. It is named after the pioneering female actor and film director Ida Lupino, whose fame was found in Hollywood, but whose roots were in Kent. Following notable appearances in a number of British films she moved to the US  in 1933, where she played tough, hard-bitten roles alongside the likes of Humphrey Bogart and John Mills, before going on to direct for TV, and for acclaimed films such as The Hitch-Hiker – the first woman to direct a film noir.

Over the weekend the Lupino Cinema programme includes screenings, and talks by leading film directors and artists.

Friday

18:00-19:00 John Smith, Horizon and Soft Work

Two of Smith’s recent films, Horizon (Five Pounds a Belgian) and its companion piece Soft Work (both 2012) will be looped back to back. Commissioned by Turner Contemporary, both films were shot on the coast near Margate.

Horizon (seamless loop, cycle 18 mins): Filmed in and around Margate on the English coast, this film consists of a series of identically composed images of views out to sea, recorded over several months in dramatically different weather conditions. Incorporating chance events that took place over the course of filming, the work stresses and contrasts changes in light, colour and movement, moving back and forth between documentary representation and near abstraction.

Soft Work (37 mins): Waiting by the sea with his camera ready for action, the artist complains about the weather and attempts to describe his intentions and working methods. Soft Work is a film about the making of a film, where the viewer can only imagine what that film might be. It was made spontaneously during the production of Horizon (Five Pounds a Belgian), a video installation commissioned by Turner Contemporary, Margate, and was first shown at Whitstable Biennale 2012.

19:00 Clio Barnard, The Arbor

Barnard’s first feature film focuses on Andrea Dunbar, a British playwright best known for Rita, Sue and Bob Too, an autobiographical drama about the sexual adventures of teenage girls living in a run-down part of Bradford, West Yorkshire. Barnard’s film focuses in particular on the playwright’s troubled relationship with her daughter Lorraine who was just ten when her mother died.

20.30 Jan Dunn, Gypo, with Director Jan Dunn

A BIFA award winning 2005 independent film written and directed by Jan Dunn, shot entirely in Thanet. Its story details the breakdown of a family in a small town in Britain, told in three narratives. Within a structured screenplay the dialogue throughout was improvised. The film is shown through the eyes of the three main characters and shows how the family falls apart under the strain of unexpected emotions. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Director Jan Dunn. “A stunning British debut.” Sunday Express

Saturday

14:00-15:00 John Smith, Horizon and Soft Work

Two of Smith’s recent films, Horizon (Five Pounds a Belgian) and its companion piece Soft Work (both 2012) will be played back to back.  See previous entry for more information.

15:00-17:30 Selected by CUFF

Selection of student films, selected by local student filmmakers. Thanks to the many film and art related institutions in Canterbury, the city is home to a vibrant community of young and talented filmmakers. Student film crews are constantly creating new and innovative works which often go unseen by the public. Canterbury University Film Festival (CUFF) aims to provide a platform for these works to be viewed and appreciated. The best short films will be selected from students from the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and University for the Creative Arts and they will be screened at the festival.

17:30-18:30 An Introduction to Joachim Koester, by Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin, Head of Exhibitions at Turner Contemporary, presents an introduction to the work of Danish artist Joachim Koester. Working principally in film and video, Koester plays with the art of storytelling, taking the viewer on a journey to different times, places and states of consciousness. His current exhibition at Turner Contemporary – The Other Side of The Sky – weaves its way through hypnosis and hallucination to the psychedelic..

18:30-19:00 John Smith, Horizon

Smith’s recent film, Horizon will be screened, see previous entry for more information.

1900-21:30 Grant Gee, Innocence of Memories

Grant Gee’s latest film takes the Museum of Innocence as its subject, a museum in Istanbul which houses real objects that trace the fictional love affair described in the novel of the same name. Both are the creations of Nobel prize winner, Orhan Pamuk. In this feature length documentary essay, fact and fiction are artfully interwoven with the main characters – the city of Istanbul, the Museum of Innocence, and Orhan Pamuk himself, whose life and work have been indelibly influenced by the city he roams.

21:30 The Thing, presented by Peter Stanfield

Professor Peter Stanfield, Head of the School of Arts, presents John Carpenter’s cult classic, The Thing. Widely considered to be one of the greatest horror films ever made, starring Kurt Russell and with a soundtrack by Ennio Morricone, it’s the ultimate in alien terror.

“A peerless masterpiece of relentless suspense, retina-wrecking visual excess and outright, nihilistic terror.” Empire Magazine

Sunday

14:00-15:00 Tim Howle and Nick Cope, Various Screenings

Sonic artist Tim Howle, Professor in the School of Music and Fine Art, works collaboratively with Dr Nick Cope (Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China) to create works of Visual Music where the relationship between the visual and the audible components are equitable. This is not film music as such, but a hybridisation of techniques between sonic art and experimental video. The video aspect of the work in question is created by Dr Nick Cope and Tim Howle is the composer. Over the past 12 years they have created 6 works together.

We will be screening Open Circuits (2003), Son et Lumieres (2006), In Girum (layer 1) (2007) and Flags (2015).

15:00-17:30 CUFF

Selection of student films, selected by local student filmmakers. Thanks to the many film and art related institutions in Canterbury, the city is home to a vibrant community of young and talented filmmakers. Student film crews are constantly creating new and innovative works which often go unseen by the public. Canterbury University Film Festival (CUFF) aims to provide a platform for these works to be viewed and appreciated. The best short films will be selected from students from the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and University for the Creative Arts and they will be screened at the festival.

17:30-18:30 Circa69, Talk: Immersive Transmedia storytelling Lecture

A talk and Q&A with artist Simon Wilkinson about immersive, transmedia and multi-sensory storytelling with specific reference to the virtual reality work he has been doing since 2010. As virtual reality enters the mainstream in 2016 with the release of headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, new forms of storytelling have begun to emerge to fit the new medium. Simon Wilkinson has, for the past six years, been experimenting with making immersive video and VR stories which encompass multiple platform, non-linear story lines and kinaesthetic effects.

18:30-19:30 Tim Howle, Talk: On making electroacoustic movies

Professor Tim Howle talks about how his collaboration, as a composer, with video artist Nick Cope. The two combine visual and sonic material, and have created a close working relationship. Many connections between the two media are forged pointing to a counterpoint that acts on many levels.

19:30-20:00 Alix Delmas, Lalala, presented by 51zero/voyager

Lalala is a cross-border collaboration by 51zero with French artist filmmaker Alix Delmas, who writes about this five minute looped film, ‘under a blazing table, in the verdant countryside, are hidden two children who wait calmly and endlessly for the tragedy to come to an end’.

51zero/festival takes place biennially, presenting a programme of international film, video and digital arts, screened in alternative venues, outdoor settings and gallery spaces, showcasing emerging and established artists exhibiting alongside students and graduates.

20:00 Guy Maddin, The Forbidden Room

Guy Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson’s grand ode to lost cinema is a delirious, deranged and exhilarating tribute to the glorious excesses of cinema’s forgotten past. The film is a romantic mystery comedy-drama, with stories within stories including a doomed submarine crew doubling the lifespan of their oxygen by eating flapjacks (because they contain air pockets); apprentice lumberjacks who set out to rescue the woman they love from bandits; and a moustache that seeks to comfort the widow of the man whose face it used to adorn.

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John Smith: White Hole- Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March

ARTIST: John Smith
WHERE: Grimond Lecture Theatre 3
WHEN: Saturday 14.00-15.30 & 18.00-20.00 and Sunday 14.00-15.30 & 18.00-20.00 

White Hole brings together the artist’s recollections of two trips to Eastern Europe, before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall: “The only time I’ve visited a communist country was when I went to Poland in 1980, not long after Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government was first elected in Britain. I first visited the former East Germany in 1997, eight years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and a few months after Tony Blair’s ‘New Labour’ government was elected. Recalling these experiences many years later, White Hole questions our imaginings of life in other places, times and political systems, mirroring its narrative through its form. London and Warsaw, 1980. London and Leipzig, 1997. Where now?” Looped 7 min installation.

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John Smith: Shorts- Saturday 19 March

ARTIST John Smith
WHERE: Grimond Lecture Theatre 3
WHEN: Saturday 15:30-17:30

Since 1972 artist John Smith has made over fifty film, video and installation works that have been shown in independent cinemas, art galleries and on television around the world. He has developed an extensive body of work that subverts the perceived boundaries between documentary and fiction, representation and abstraction. Often rooted in everyday life, Smith’s meticulously crafted films rework and transform reality, playfully exploring and exposing the language of cinema. We are delighted to welcome John Smith in person, who will present a number of his celebrated films, followed by a Q&A chaired by Murray Smith (Professor of Film at the School of Arts).

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