Chimera: Image making with 16mm film (Part Two)
Thursday 17 November 2022
A reading group and screening led by Alex Hetherington and George Finlay Ramsay
University of Dundee
Thinking through the lenses of Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer’s individual practices in film, installation, painting and sculpture as well their collaborative films explored in the Chimera exhibition at Cooper Gallery, this reading group is an open event, which will screen the raw rushes from the first 16mm camera workshop, and consider analogue film through a broad spectrum of experiences, observations and cultural, theoretical and political contexts.
The event will explore, through collaborative group reading, texts, observations and provocations from a number of filmmakers and artists including Luke Fowler, Catherine Sullivan, Beatrice Gibson, Rosalind Nashashibi, Nathaniel Dorsky, Rhea Storr, Steve McQueen, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Tacita Dean, Margaret Salmon, Margaret Tait and Chris Marker and conclude on recent experiences in 16mm film productions by Alex Hetherington and George Finlay Ramsay.
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This reading and screening event follows the workshop, Chimera: Image making with 16mm film (Part One) and is open to those who did not previously attend.
Alex Hetherington is a visual artist who works with 16mm film, he also acts as a director of photography or film technician on other artists’ film projects, with recent productions including works by George Finlay Ramsay, Rachel McBrinn, Tako Taal, Wendy Kirkup, Shona Macnaughton and Hannan Jones. Recent films include: Women’s Studies, Idle Work and The experience of the unseen listener, all 2022, made with artist Catherine Street, presented at Seen and Not Seen, CCA, Glasgow, June to July 2022; Stereo Rushes (Silent), 2019-2022 at Words for Appropriation & Dedication, CCA, Glasgow June 2022; and HOUSE, 2019-2020 at Camden Art Centre, London, August 2022. He is currently researching a new 16mm film for CCA Annex with contributions from Luke Fowler and Catherine Street, December 2022. He has a background in film programming, curating and critical writing with recent texts on Savinder Bual for PEER, London and Karen Cunningham for Collective, Edinburgh.
George Finlay Ramsay (b. 1988, Dundee, Scotland) is an artist working with poetry, ritual and analogue filmmaking. In 2017 and 2018 he burned hundreds of people's regrets inside volcanoes across Eurasia. His fake epic poem Raven's Reprise (2020) tells of a trickster raven traveling through the pandemic and remaking the world to her better designs. His film CASTOROCENE (2021) sees beavers re-build the world after humans have destroyed it. His most recent work Family Fugue (2022) is about how we are haunted by, and in turn haunt our ancestors. He is currently making plans to have his body thrown into a volcano after he dies.
His work has been presented at Camden Art Centre (UK), Baltic Triennial (LT), Fieldnotes Journal (UK), SEA Foundation (NL), BFI (UK), LUX Scotland (SC), Mubi.com, NTS Radio, Matadero (SP), L’Orto Botanico di Roma (IT), Rupert (LT) and BBC Late Junction Festival (UK).
The gallery is on two floors. First floor has ramped access and disabled toilet.
Second floor is accessible via lift and for wheelchair access via a stairclimber. The workshops will take place on the second floor.
Please email in advance if you require lift or stairclimber access so we can arrange support.
Large print versions of the exhibition information handout are available, please ask our Guides.
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George Finlay Ramsay, Family Fugue, 2022 (colour and black & white, sound, 16mm film)
This workshop accompanies Chimera an exhibition by Nashashibi/Skaer at Cooper Gallery until 10 December.