March, 2015

A Poetic Primer, A Poetic Measurement: Ripples on the Pond

Popped into this event at GoMA last Saturday. It’s the kick off for the next group show there Ripples on the Pond, which will be excellent, starring as it does loads of rarely seen works on paper and film, all by women, from the collection. Including a few pieces of mine. The show opens at the start of May. Updates to follow.


Helen de Main, 21 Spare Ribs, (2012), collection of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life (Glasgow Museums), © the artist


A Poetic Primer, A Poetic Measurement

Ripples on the Pond

Modern Edinburgh Film School presents an in-conversation and film screening primer for the exhibition Ripples on the Pond on the subjects of works on paper, moving image and women and film and collecting the ephemeral taken from its essay A Poetic Measurement published by Affiliate: Thinking Collections (a University of Glasgow programme funded by Creative Scotland).

Reflecting on the subjects of landscape, portraiture, play and feminine presence it presents a timeline of practices from the film poems of Margaret Tait active in film from the 1950s until her death in 1999 through generations of her influence, highlighting artists working and emerging in Scotland. It finds shore in practices in diverse geographic locations in San Francisco, USA and Melbourne, Australia and works made from 1970s to the present day. Reflecting on the exhibition’s subjects as well as themes of consciousness, perception and poetry are the film academic Dr Sarah Neely who will reflect on the essay and its selected moving image artists giving a broader and deeper context of Scotland, its women artists and their relationship to the camera and the screen.

In turn the talk will hear from visual artist Anne Colvin whose works in moving image mediating on time, frame, texture and gesture draws on a combination of found footage and her own film explorations. Ripples on the Pond will be screening – over the course of its duration – two of Colvin’s most recent film works which while reflecting on her growing body of moving image work will discuss its proximity to the poetics, intimacy and intellect of Margaret Tait’s cinema.

Ripples on the Pond is an exhibition of works from the Glasgow Museums’ Collection. It takes as the starting point recent acquisitions from the Glasgow Women’s Library 21 Revolutions series, relating them to other works in the collection and sparking questions about gender, themes and media choice in relation to women’s practice and visibility.

Ripples on the Pond is also a conversation between the works in the collection on paper and moving image and the invitation to Modern Edinburgh Film School and LUX Scotland to programme artists screenings within and beyond the gallery space. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to be part of that conversation and the exhibition can be seen as an essay that is to be read, re-read, critiqued and rethought, unsure where the ripples might end. The programme by Modern Edinburgh Film School can be seen as sister essay: responding to, commenting on, critiquing the holdings and re-imagining a collection through conversations with other works.

Dr Sarah Neely is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling, where she is member of the Centre for Scottish Studies and the Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies. Her recent research focuses on the work of Scottish women filmmakers and experimental filmmaking in Scotland.

Anne Colvin is a Scottish artist based in San Francisco who works primarily with the moving image. Drawing on a combination of found footage and her own filmic explorations, Anne’s work has a heightened awareness of time, frame, texture and gesture.

Rugs and letters – Lotte Gertz

Make sure you get along to Lotte Gertz’ new exhibition at the Glasgow Project Room this week. No images of it emerging yet, so here’s one from 2013, to whet your appetite. On until Saturday 28th March.


 Yellow stage with woman breathing life 2013 Acrylic & watercolour on Russian linen 76 x 88 cms / 29 7/8 x 34 5/8 ins

Yellow stage with woman breathing life 2013
Acrylic & watercolour on Russian linen

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Film Studies for Free

Take a look at Dr. Catherine Grant’s Film Studies for Free site here. A fantastic online resource of film related texts, lectures and of course short film essays.

Brokeback Mountain Studies: Through the Queer Longing Glass, 2011, Catherine Grant

Brokeback Mountain Studies: Through the Queer Longing Glass, 2011, Catherine Grant


GSSF Symposium 2015: Short Film (and) Criticism

Spent Saturday at the Glasgow Short Film Festival Symposium at the CCA. Excellent contributions from Isla Leaver-Yap (on curation as criticism) and Catherine Grant & Kevin B Lee (on the video essay). Here’s the full programme:

Transformers: The Premake, Kevin B Lee

Transformers: The Premake, Kevin B Lee

Glasgow Short Film Festival and University of Glasgow School of Culture & Creative Arts in association with University of Edinburgh: MSc Film, Exhibition & Curation and Scottish Media and Communications Association present a one day symposium:

Short Film (and) Criticism
Saturday 14 March 2015
CCA Theatre

Each year, Glasgow Short Film Festival stages a one day inclusive cross-disciplinary event, intended to bring together academics, critics, curators, filmmakers and a wider general audience to explore a specific aspect of short film in more detail. The symposia typically follow a structure of two or three panel discussions, a workshop or extended presentation, and a screening.

The 2015 symposium is devoted to film criticism in the context of short film: critical writing on short film, short film curation as a form of criticism, and short filmmaking as criticism.

The symposium will examine how short film’s distribution in the digital sphere both invites different approaches to criticism and presents challenges to more traditional forms of criticism. With the exception of writing on avant-garde and artists’ moving image work, there is currently limited long-form criticism of short film. However there are plenty of examples of short critical responses existing alongside films online. The very nature of short film allows a critic to easily compile, compare and contrast films online, just as a curator can quickly demonstrate an argument in putting together a programme of short films.

The symposium will also examine the growing trend amongst critics and academics for video essays – short filmmaking itself as a new form of criticism – analysing visual style, editing, sound or other aspects of a single film or body of work in ways that the written word cannot. We are delighted that two pioneers in this field, Kevin B Lee and Dr Catherine Grant (University of Sussex), will attend the symposium.


10.30-10.45 Welcome

10.45-12.15 Criticism on Short Film
Chair: Dr David Archibald, University of Glasgow
Speakers: Suzanne van der Lingen; MarBelle, Directors Notes; Professor Richard Raskin, Aarhus University; Jorge Rivero, Cortosfera

12.30-14.00 Short Film Curation as Criticism
Chair: Susan Kemp, University of Edinburgh
Speakers: Lizelle Bisschoff, Africa in Motion Film Festival; Isla Leaver-Yap, LUX Scotland; Christoffer Olofsson, Uppsala International Short Film Festival; Laura Walde, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
Discussion will draw on the programme curated and presented by University of Edinburgh MSc Film, Exhibition and Curation students, Anatomy of a Film Programme (Friday 13 March)

14.00-15.00 Lunch

15.00-15.15 Screening: Joining Up: Scotland, Cinema and the First World War
Introduced by Dr David Archibald and Dr Maria Velez-Serna, University of Glasgow

15.15-16.45 Short Film as Criticism
Chair: Dr Ian Garwood, University of Glasgow
Speakers: Dr Catherine Grant, University of Sussex; Kevin B Lee

17.00-17.45 Screening: Transformers: The Premake
Introduced by Kevin B Lee, followed by Q&A chaired by Dr Pasquale Iannone, University of Edinburgh

18.00-19.30 Drinks