Present (15): Jon Armstrong, Cécile Chevalier, Alireza Dadgarnia, Evelyn Ficarra, Kate Genevieve, Catherine Grant, Justin Grize, Barnaby Hollington, Nanette Hoogslag, Aysenur Karabulut, Jacqueline Lightfoot, Micheál O’Connell, Antoni Roig Telo, Fernando Sobron, Another
Apologies (4): Huw Bartlett. Tryne Bjørkmann Berry, Daniel Hignell, Tom Reid There were three practice presentation/discussion sessions and an item of business.
Antoni Roig Telo gave a presentation on his research and practical involvement in the arena of participatory film making. He described the principles at play (participatory, co-creation, openness), the reasons why groups might decide to embrace these approaches (ideological, pragmatic, promotional) and discussed some of the successes and failures so far. During the discussion and questions which followed the subject of copyright invariably was mentioned, and suggestion that different measures of success might be warranted here. The participatory activity itself potentially is as much of an objective as tangible outcomes. Antoni was returning to Spain following a period in Britain but may remain in contact with CPG. Link: http://remixcinema.org/participatory-film-production/
Catherine Grant, referencing the increased use of video essays and creative film practice with text-based academic research/publication, presented edits she’d created which employ samples from other historically relevant films. Materials from Len Lye and Luis Buñuel were used for example, Michael Snow’s work was mentioned. Different durations (in cases as short as a few seconds) and methods of montaging (two) clips from different sources were being experimented with and played simultaneously for example. Questions were posed about the worth (as an alternative to the possibly overused term ‘value’) of such materials for educational purposes but also as artistic entities in themselves. Samples: http://vimeo.com/filmstudiesff
Micheál O’Connell shared installation shots from a recent exhibition which included a three minute (currently silent) moving image piece. The animation/film by chance seemed linked to one Len Lye piece Catherine Grant had used in her presentation, it incorporates low resolution images of the Point of Delivery Signatures which are available on courier company tracking sites. Questions revolved around the proposal that an ideal persona to adopt in understanding this work is that of a pathaphysicist or someone who sees in this case 1) the compulsory signing when a package is delivered by courier as a creative act, 2) it as being reasonable to present these signatures as ‘mark making’ or expressive drawing, and 3) that perhaps the originators ought to be flattered/thankful to have their work heralded in this way. And what are the implications if the approach is not seen as persona or acting at all, but legitimate? More information: http://www.mocksim.org/Missing_You.htm
To deal with the fact of increasing interest in CPG, the need to keep it as a useful forum for considered feedback and where individuals can get to know each other’s work a committee of four was agreed upon to oversee participation and deal with new requests to join: MOC, NH, DH, CC MOC