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nou screening at The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival, NY

nou screening at The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival, NY

My latest video, nou, will be making its North American Premiere at The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival in at The Producer’s Club, New York, on Saturday 6th Oct. Loads of interesting performances going on, including ‘THE PSYCHEDELIC MAESTRO’, Simon Boswell playing at the Mercury Lounge.

A huge thank you to Dan Abella, Jon Stevens and the team at PFMF.


Ancient history – They are the We of Me @ GoMA (2005)

Ancient history – They are the We of Me @ GoMA (2005)

Just found this link to an archive of GoMA, and my solo exhibition of 2005, They are the We of Me (idiotic capitalisation decision there was all my own). The show was ok, but Laurie Figgis‘ essay and Sarah Smith‘s review are both excellent.

A work in this show (a wee oil painting, long since given away) became the song The Why, What Baby? by Kathryn Joseph.


Alchemy: The Curios Society @ The Whitechapel

Alchemy: The Curios Society @ The Whitechapel

I was highly excited to be in the mix and contributing a text/talk for Alchemy: The Curios Society, alongside the amazing duo of Kate Briggs and Robert Williams. All connected to Mark Dion’s Theatre of the Natural World show at the Whitechapel…

And then the snow arrived and I was trapped in the Greggs on Glasgow’s Gordon Street (it’s a sit-in Greggs, with brick wallpaper, so very much like being in Shoreditch/Finnieston) unable to move below Crosshill, let alone below Maw-well.

So I swiftly rewrote the text and had Fiona, the Scottish electronic Word person, read it for me remotely. Prof. Robert Williams, always a pleasure, was my remote ‘Igor’ – thank you Robert. Introduced by the ever patient Jane Scarth, this happened way back when… 3rd March 2018, The Whitechapel, London.

In the future times, you will be able to listen to the gig here. In the mean time, here’s the title image of ‘Fiona’s’ talk, where I (she) attempted to connect Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, mad female scientists, Villeneuve’s Arrival and Naomi Mitchison’s Memoirs of a Spacewoman, with eggs, aliens and alchemy.

You know, I think I’ve mentioned this already…What does that mean?

nou (2018)

nou (2018)

As you may have gathered, Peter (2014) has a partner and an opposite. Here’s a link to a 2 minute clip of my new video, nou (2018): nou clip.

nou (18 mins, 2018) – Inspired by Scottish socialist writer Naomi Mitchison’s Memoirs of a Spacewoman, nou is a tale of space travel, hypnosis and transformation – across time and space, from an alien world to a dentist’s chair. nou is the sequel to Peter (2014), which won Best PKD Short Film at the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, New York, 2017.

nou was first shown at Glasgow International 2018, as part of the always exciting Old Hairdresser’s programme, Old Hair, curated by Rob Churm.

Sound design for nou was by the inimitable Mark Vernon.


Thanks to Trish de Vries, Peter & nou comes in a web version.

Constantly evolving, never the same twice (though, technically, it could be the same twice, its just highly unlikely), frustrating, annoying and verging on the incomprehensible:‘s domain name refers to a specific moment in time and space;a narrative used by a dentist to hypnotise a child, looping over and over and over…

You can actually watch both Peter (2014) and nou (2018) here. Plus all my other works pop up at some point, though that’s the least of it…



Things are coming together…

 …but for what, and who is nou?

Experiments In Cinema v13.6

Screen Used will be showing at this smashing looking film festival on Wednesday. Go Alburquonians…

Experiments In Cinema v13.6 will be held April 10–24, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This year is the “Black Material Edition”. Films from the USA and 36 other countries will be presented at Guild Cinema and the African American Performing Arts Center during the festival. 

Download a .pdf of the entire EIC v13.6 program here.

Wanderers and other Nomads: Ecologies of Place brought to Mind

A new video Untitled (Globes) (2018) is in this group show, curated by Patti Lean…

Wanderers and other Nomads: Ecologies of Place brought to Mind, a show of new work on an environmental theme, by Fine Art students and staff –  foundation to undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and academic staff –  in the Vallum Gallery at Brampton Road, Carlisle CA3 9AY.

Thursday 12 April – Reception, 4.00 -6.00 pm.

Eggs and Aliens

You’d never know it, but…there has been action. Trapped in Glasgow by snow, I hastily re-wrote my contribution to this sold out event The Curios Society at the Whitechapel

(Saturday 3rd March, 3pm, Whitechapel), so that Eggs and Aliens was delivered by ‘Fiona’, the ‘Scottish’ digital Word voice, who, when slowed to somewhere between slow and normal, sounds almost exactly like me anyway. A totally subjective trip from the first Alchemist to alien abduction, via a female mad scientist, two linguist spacewomen and a picnic, Eggs and Aliens‘ images were gamely moved along by the non-digital flesh finger of Robert Williams.

So I missed in person, Robert’s excellent discussions of his work with Dion and the brilliant Kate Briggs’ talk about the alchemy of translation… But I’ve got an audio file – a treat for later today…

Huge thanks to Jane Scarth and the tech team of The Whitechapel for the massive effort and for agreeing to let Fiona speak in the first place.

Fiona’s better than I am at pronouncing ouroboros anyway.

“Assembling on the first three Saturdays of Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural WorldThe Curios Society meets to investigate the weird and wonderful, the unlikely and impossible. 

Alchemy can describe a philosophical tradition, an esoteric practice, a way of thinking and at times, an artistic methodology.

We meet artists Robert WilliamsKate Briggs and Jane Topping to explore ideas of the alchemical in art. From transmutation in translation to the figure of the alchemist in popular film cultures, this talk charts a course through the mysteries and cultural intersections of alchemy.”

From the Whitechapel website.


“The best Blade Runner sequel is Peter by Jane Topping.” Matt M. Lloyd

I thought I was done and dusted with Facebook, and then Matt, director of the Glasgow Short Film Festival, posts this smashing endorsement of Peter.

I’m hoping my new video, working title Peter 2049 of course, will turn out to be the best Blade Runner sequel sequel.

Thanks Matt!