Elizabeth Block is a filmmaker, an artist, and an award-winning writer of poetry and fiction. Her writing has been published in a variety of literary journals and magazines, and on the internet. Her writing includes the novel, A Gesture through Time, a hybrid work of prose, poetry, textual flip book, and scripted story of obsessive/ambiguous love, death, and unusual cinematic history.
UCL Urban Laboratory and the UCL Faculty of Arts & Humanities are hosting an interdisciplinary symposium on the urban essay film, to take place during the UCL Festival of Culture on Friday 7 June 2019.
Filmmaker/Curator Ruth Somalo presents the world premiere of "Tell Me When You Die," a trilogy of performative films by Amber Bemak and Nadia Granados that reframe porn as a genre which can be empowering in its engagement with women and their bodies. Bemak and Granados work collaboratively with text, language, and the body to illustrate the colonial narratives that are still deeply entrenched and grappled with amo
Richard Kerr is a visual artist-media maker known for his expansive body of work, which has explored a multiplicity of genres and mediums since the 1970’s. In the 1990’s Richard expanded his practice to encompass meta-cinema installation work and most notably the conceptualization of the Motion Picture Weaving Project. Richard is a teacher/artist, as such his studio informs his teaching and his teaching inspires his studio work.
Metaphors combine beauty with a call for a better life. The Berlin artist Maria Korporal studied in the Netherlands and was working and living in Italy until 2013. Her videos, installations and performances show a strong technical affinity, while at the same time, the content of her works often criticizes the Western and economically oriented civilization. Her films are hybrid combinations of recorded video footage, animated text and digital animations from drawings and photographs. Often inspired by lyrics, they could be read as visual poetry or video aphorisms.
Filmmaker Scott Stark will show a selection of his Super-8mm and Regular 8mm films from the 1980s, screened here as newly-scanned high resolution digital versions that offer scale and detail not always seen in the celluloid originals. These early small-gauge works are experiments in the magical capabilities of the 8mm film camera, and are comprised of images and sounds derived from the commonplace: garish elements surgically extracted from the patina of popular culture. Sometimes shot in public spaces with a wry element of performance, the artifice of the films’ constructions is laid bare, the camera being a participant as much as an observer, making each film a record of its own process of production.