- By Sam
Outline – A collaborative stop-motion animation experiment working with library usres across St Helens to create a film exploring these amazing public spaces. Part of the Space and Trails library residency project.
Partners – St Helens Arts Service, St Helens Libraries.
Synopsis – Working across the seven libraries in the South of St Helens, artist Sam Meech is working with library users to introduce them to stop-motion techniques and create animations that bring the library spaces to life. Using both formal workshops, and also working by stealth with library users, the project encourage speople to participate in developing short films that use the spaces in an unusual way. Books come to life on the shelves, librarians skate past the main desk, and chairs dance around the space. Using traditional principles and digital tools, the project gives people of all ages a chance to flex their imagination through the process of stop-motion animation. Working in teams or on their own, the films give people a chance to reimagine the library as a site of illusion and magic.
The films will be edited together to create one epic animation that will be screened in the library spaces.
Lead Artist – Sam Meech
Images & Video documentation
Project website – www.librariesinmotion.co.uk
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
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
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’.
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.
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.
- By Sam
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.
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.
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.
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…
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 Simpson. Read more…
Tickets £3 – buy tickets here.
- By Sam
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.