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05

Jun

Screening Film site launch

 

Thursday 12th June – www.screeningfilm.com finally goes live.

Screening Film is a free tool for audiences and exhibitors to find and promote film events. For more info follow us at @screeningfilm

 

LAUNCH EVENTS

LIVERPOOL
Screening Film site launch plus One Minute Vol.7
Thur 12th June 6:00pm – 9pm in the Kazimier Garden

Join us after work for the launch of the Screening Film website. We’ll have a DJ in the garden playing sounds from the soundtracks, demos of the site itself, plus a special rolling screening of super-short artists films – One Minute Vol. 7 – curated by Kerry Baldry in the main space

 

MANCHESTER
Screening Film site (post)launch party plus archive cinema screening
Wednesday 18th June · 6:00pm – 9pm – Soup Kitchen

Join us after work for the Manchester launch of the Screening Film website. We’ll have a DJ playing sounds from the soundtracks, demo’s of the site itself, plus a special screening of a cinema short from the North West Film Archive collection – Do You Want Sunday Cinema and Games?

Screening Film is a project by Sam Meech (Re-Dock) in collaboration with Interconnect IT. Screening Film ver 1.1 has been made possible thanks to the support of the LJMU Enterprise team ‘DO IT award’.

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ABOUT THE SITE

The site aims to provide audiences with an overview of the diverse film-making and screening culture that exists in their area, and give profile and promotion to all forms of independent film-exhibition, from grass roots events to established cinemas. Screening Film is democratic platform for promoters, organisations and venues – networking independent film screening culture in the UK and making the ecology visible for all.

If you are an independent exhibitor, you can post your film events (simply register an account) and put your screening on the map. Exhibitors include established independent cinemas, film clubs and co-ops, alternative screening events, festivals, libraries, universities, artist spaces and more.

www.screeningfilm.com

The Screening Film project has evolved from my interest in cinema ecology and models of film exhibition. Whereas in the past I have tried to create screening spaces through the Small Cinema project, with the Screening Film website I am attempting to provide a tool for mapping the film culture that already exists in communities across the UK.

19

Jan

new test event

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30

May

Can You Hear Me? I Can See You! – Exhibition Walkthrough

An 18 minute single shot walk-through of the Re-Dock exhibition at FACT Liverpool – ‘Can You Hear Me? I Can See You!. The installation was developed through the Advice Portal project, working with sheltered housing residents to explore the implications and possibilities of communications technology. See the space, learn about the works, meet the project team and the artists involved – all in one epic take.

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25

May

Exhibition walkthrough – Can You Hear Me? I Can See You!

An 18 minute single shot walk-through of the new Re-Dock exhibition at FACT Liverpool – ‘Can You Hear Me? I Can See You!’. See the space, learn about the works, meet the project team and the artists involved – all in one epic take.

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24

May

Miners Film Weekender

The Moston Small Cinema project continues with this special film event taking inspiration from the heritage of the North Manchester site

3 days, 3 films related (loosely) to mining – pure UNDERGROUND CINEMA! Plus, we’re preceding each screening with an archive short from 1910 – A Day in The Life of a Miner, courtesy of the North West Film Archive

FRIDAY 21ST JUNE, 8PM – MY BLOODY VALENTINE (15)

The original 1981 schlock horror, restored to bluray, featuring a maniac miner who has a grudge against valentines day sweethearts in a coal-mining town. Read more…
Tickets £3 - buy tickets here.

SATURDAY 22ND JUNE, 7:30PM – THE BIG MAN (15)

Liam Neeson stars in this 1990 drama about a Scottish miner who takes to bare-knuckle boxing to support his family during a union strike. Read more…
FREE SCREENING!

SUNDAY 23RD JUNE, 4PM – YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (12A)

Independent film set during a violent miner’s strike in a quiet Northern village in 1974. A teenage artist meets the gorgeous new girl from London but their attempts to escape make him betray his family, community and best friends. Followed by Q&A with director Andrew SimpsonRead more…
Tickets £3 – buy tickets here.

 

23

May

Up Periscope!

As part of the ‘Can You Hear Me? I Can See You!’ exhibition, I have created a laser-cut periscope to assist in viewing some of the works, namely my own installation, the Skype Advice Portal.

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06

May

Skype Advice Portal

Skype Advice Portal is an interactive video installation, created for the ‘Can You Hear Me? I Can See You!’ exhibition at FACT Liverpool.

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06

May

Exhibition: “Can You Hear Me? I Can See You!”

Re-Dock and Tenantspin present an exhibition of prototype communication devices, developed through an experimental workshop and training programme with residents of Your Housing sheltered and supported accommodation across the North West.

Through activities and practical advice sessions as part of the ADVICE PORTAL project, artist collective Re-Dock and artist/educator Jon Turton have worked with Your Housing residents aged 55 to 95 to discuss technological innovations within their lifetimes, whilst exploring the outer limits of emerging telecommunications platforms.

The sessions have acquainted the resident groups with iPads, Skype, social media and online research tools, whilst drawing inspiration from people’s memories and experiences of the early days of electronic communications technology.

The show also features 3 new interactive commissions by artists Dave Lynch, Jon Astbury and Sam Meech. A series of prototype devices have been constructed which investigate questions such as “What message would you send to your younger self?” “Can we send a message into space?” “What are the uses of telepresence in an everyday residential setting?”

Everything from early theatrical techniques (particularly the peppers ghost effect) to 20th century versions of apparitions, the video phone in sci-fi cinema to teleportation and the domestication of video-conferencing through products and services like Skype over the last few years has inspired the work in Can you hear me? I can see you!

Presented as an open sketchbook, the ideas shared in this exhibition are works in progress with the opportunity for you to test things out.

The show runs from 17th May  - 2nd June in the FACT Connects space.

 

This project has been commissioned through FACT’s Collaboration and Engagement Programme, funded by The Baring Foundation.

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01

May

Advice Portal

A project developed in partnership with Tenantspin, working with residents in sheltered housing schemes across NW to explore ideas around communication technology and telepresence.
Tenantspin have a history of developing community broadcast projects and are now experimenting post-broadcast media in collaboration with Re-Dock. ‘Advice Portal‘ builds on residents’ ipad learning sessions to facilitate creative exercises discussing the impact of technology, possible uses and restrictions of telepresence, and the importance of the message itself, for both sender and receiver.
Advice Portal is inspired both by historical technological innovations and their impact on society, as well as fictional devices such as time-travel and visitations. With telepresence technologies now ubiquitous, it is also interested in the importance of the messages, and the different uses of telepresence that may be possible.
Over several months, Re-Dock worked with the residents, discussing the implications of technology, creating role-play scenarios for 4th dimensions Skype calls, experimenting with iPad cameras, and user testing new portals developed in collaboration with artists Sam Meech, Dave Lynch and Jon Astbury.
The project culminated in an exhibition in the FACT connects space in May 2013 entitled – CAN YOU HEAR ME? I CAN SEE YOU!, featuring 3 new commissioned artworks, alongside research from the workshops. The aim is to allow visitors to explore a range of approaches to telepresence, but also question how these could impact on the everyday lives of the residents.

VISIT THE PROJECT BLOG

See the exhibition – CAN YOU HEAR ME? I CAN SEE YOU!

 

 

 

24

Mar

Moston Small Cinema – Finding its Feet

Feels a good time to write an update about the Moston Small Cinema project - the community screening facility we built in a former miners wash-house in North Manchester.

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22

Mar

The iPad camera as a portal

As part of the PORTAL project, we’ve been working with Tenantspin to deliver workshops supporting sheltered housing residents in using iPads. Our approach to this has been to frame the device as the latest step in a series of technological innovations experienced in the life-times of the residents. We have also been discussing possibilities of telepresence, and the ideas expressed through science fiction literature and film, to question to what extent these devices are now present in our everyday lives.

This week we looked at using the video camera function of the iPad, with a view to recording video messages.

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