Today was the last of the ‘Scratch’ workshops.  Participants combined found sound with the films that they had created in the previous workshops.  The results will be screened at the Belmont Picturehouse in Aberdeen on Sunday 3rd November from 7.15pm.  The event is free and open to everyone.

In the meantime, here is the complete set of 16mm experiments from the first workshop led by Mark and Jo of the OKO Lab:

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Friday 4 October, 7pm, Auris Lecture Theatre, University of Aberdeen

Free – All Welcome

Bill Morrison: Spark of Being (68mins.)

Over the past twenty years, Bill Morrison has built a filmography of more than thirty projects that have been presented in theatres, museums, galleries and concert halls worldwide.  His work often makes use of rare archival footage in which forgotten film imagery is reframed as part of our collective mythology.  Spark of Being is an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein using found film footage, with an original soundtrack by Dave Douglas.  This screening marks its Scottish premiere.

Click the image below to view the trailer:

Spark of Being

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Saturday 28 September, 7pm, Auris Lecture Theatre, University of Aberdeen

Free – All welcome!

George Barber: Beyond Language

A pioneer of British video art, George Barber was a founding member of ZG Magazine and a leading figure in the Scratch Video phenomenon of the 1980s.  Moving away from Scratch in the early ’90s, Barber created many lo-tech video pieces and was influential in defining the then-emergent ‘slacker’ aesthetic.  Narrative is at the centre of much of his work, whether deconstructing it as in Scratch, or creating humorous and absurd situations to find existential meaning in the margins of modern life.  Beyond Language presents a broad selection of Barber’s influential video work from the past 30 years from proto-Scratch works of the early ’80s to his recent return to assemblage and appropriation.  The programme was curated by the LUX Archive.

Scratch – Workshop #1

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Today was the first of the Scratch Workshops in Aberdeen as part of the upcoming Sound Festival.  The workshop was preceded by a screening last night of Ian Helliwell‘s short audio-visual works as well as my own Orphans series.

Today’s workshop was led by Mark and Jo from OKO Lab.  Working directly with 16mm film – some blank, some “found” – participants were able to create their own experimental audio-visual works.  A variety of lo-fi techniques were explored including scratching and drawing upon the celluloid and optical sound strip, splicing and producing loops.  All the results were combined to produce a single projected film. Some still images below – click to enlarge:

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The next workshop will explore accessing digital online archival footage and editing “found” film together.  The final workshop will be devoted to producing a soundtrack to the films created during the previous sessions.  The final results will be screened as part of the Sound Festival at the Belmont Picturehouse on the 3rd November from 7.15pm.  The event is free – all welcome!  Further details here:

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