11/03/2013 § Leave a Comment
I will be screening my film Ban an Farraige (Woman of the Sea) to celebrate International Women’s Day
Come and experience silent films and improvised music at its best!
15th March 7.30pm
5A Bloomsbury Sq,
04/02/2013 § Leave a Comment
02/02/2013 § Leave a Comment
Following the fantastic success of Neuf At Home last year, we are holding another experimental film installation in a domestic setting in Granchester this year on
Sat 16th February 6-8pm and Sun 17th February 5-7pm.
Each of us has made a film in response to the house 8 High Street, Granchester, Cambridge under the overall theme of Home.
Come and experience films in the kitchen, in fireplaces and in bedrooms. Be part of the experimental flow through the house, enjoy the vivid colours and the rich literary references gleaned from this historic place in the old wonderful thatched cottage in Granchester.
02/02/2013 § Leave a Comment
Highlights from our residency at Aid&Abet gallery in Cambridge. What fun we had!.
Neuf is a diverse group of individual artists working together with the common purpose of experimenting with the digital medium, the collaborative process and the installation space. We aim to challenge existing modes of production, curation and installation to explore the viewer’s relationship to the viewing experience. We are interested in an on-going question of how and where to locate experimental ‘film’ work and how the ‘viewing space’ can alter the work.
Neuf sprung out of an Arts Council funded experimental video art course (in 2006, run by Tim Sidell, ARU; Trish Sheil, Cambridge Film Consortium; and Kettles Yard) bringing together artists from different disciplines (performance, sculpture, painting, theatre, curatorial practice and writing) with a keen interest in the language and possibilities of film. We have been meeting monthly ever since at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. We are the only experimental video art collective in East Anglia engaged in the collaborative exploration of video art in the expanded space and inclusive of performance. Our unique perspective as a group offers insight to the collaborative and experimental process. We avoid predictable paths and are dedicated to pushing our own personal boundaries and knowledge as artists working with film.
Check out our website http://www.neuf.org.uk.
22/11/2012 § Leave a Comment
Its been a good year for nominations! My film Lemons and Tacks was nominated for best audience award in the Cambridge Film Festival, and now La Vie Par La Mort is nominated for a special prize for animation at the Rouen Film Festival
Now I just need to win one!
13/11/2012 § Leave a Comment
I am very pleased to be screening Ban an Farraigne (Woman of the Sea) for the first time here in France from 13th - 27th November 2012.
Lyotard prophesized the end of the grand narrative: No more looking through the Cartesian perspective and believing in overarching theories and philosophies about linear progression through history; and no more certainty about finding the answers through science or religion. Postmodernism made us alert to difference and diversity, to the incompatibility of our aspirations and beliefs. It hailed the end of the humanist tradition and man’s control over being.
Thus reading films as texts gave us the opportunity to see the abundance of narratives within. Every image, every word, every colour, has a reference to another. There is a never-ending potential of narratives as these images and signs themselves generate new processes and meanings.
The notion of the Absurd counters the most basic philosophical question, is there any meaning in our existence at all.
Beckett understood and played with the Absurd idea that there is no meaning to be found in the world beyond what meaning we give to it.
He challenges our natural desire to make sense of things and our reliance on questions being answered by science and religion. To view your surroundings with the absence of sense is irrational and a conflict arises between you and the estranged world you live in.
Ban An Farraige is such a world and by watching this film you enter the Absurd, you accept the fact that this is theatre and before you is a performance. I have manipulated the shots. Nothing is real. There is no coherent vision of truth, there is no accepted reflection of society and no expressions of cultural values, and it does not communicate any general views of human life. It is not concerned with conveying information or presenting the problems or destinies relating to her character. What I am doing is using the concept of the Absurd to reveal the workings of the mind to show that we create our own reality and there is no meaning to this reality other than what we give to it. I am exploring an intimate vision of the human situation, the meaning of existence itself.
I want to show that her existence and by extension our existence, is not determined by anything external lying outside of ourselves, e.g. our surroundings, history, God’s order, etc.; but lies within ourselves and is the result of our own decisions and behavior.
By keeping her character static sucking the stones she becomes recognizable to us through the picture of the world that she places before us. The seaside scene is an expression of her own psychological reality. The fleeting images and sounds are the outward projection of the thoughts in her head. By opening up the world of the Absurd we can view the workings of her mind. “It presents a truer picture of reality itself, reality as apprehended by an individual”.41 Ladislav Major, Mysleni o divadle, vol. 1 (Praha [Prague]: Herrmann, 1993) 161.
My other films showing will be:
La Vie Par La Mort. 2010. 2 minutes.
Lemons and Tacks. 2011. 5 minutes.
What Do We See. 2009. 5 minutes.
24/10/2012 § Leave a Comment