Conceptual​​ Artist, Photographer​, Performer, Foto Filmmaker, ​site specific projections, installations and soundscapes

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FILMS and MOVING IMAGES

 

I work across media and incorporate both still and moving images in my films. I work in differing genres including poetry based fotofilms, art documentaries and immersive installations. Much of my work concerns our relationships with and between ourselves.  Implicit rather than explicit, it centres around our relationship with our environment (s) and how we interact with it. For example the light drawings harness wind and sea power alluding to alternative energy sources. We leave our mark on the environment by the way we manage our resources. For example in the series Relics, it analyses discarded objects as forensic slides opening up ideas on past history and use. In 'Angel in the Trees' and the early interactive digital mapping, as in 'Journey Of The Skin Man'  it highlights not only our physical travels but also our inner journey.  

artDocs

My first artDoc was in 1987/8 on the environmental artist John Herbert for his Craft Council funded touring exhibition 'Silent Trails' followed by 'Image, Music. Text' on the artist David Dodsworth fir his New York exhibition. My most recent is a film on the sculptor Laurence Edwards on his creation 'Man Of Stones' for the Sainsbury Centre at UEA Norwich. I am currently working on another short artDoc.

Video Postcards

Ongoing exploration of how we as humans interact with each other and our relationship to tourist places. Micro dramas for the digital age, these Little Incidents of Time are presented as video postcards on small HD tablets.

Immersion

Large scale sound and vision projections for an immersive experience. Working hand in hand with my own created sound pieces to explore a shared environment of large screen projections. I was commissioned by PhotoEast in 2018 to produce an audio visual set as a backdrop for a performance by Casson and Friends at Dance East. The inspiration for the choreography was from conversations from the people of Ipswich in Suffolk to create a Carte Postale 

 

My current piece is FLOAT created during lockdown 1 and shown to an invited audience over several days at the New Cut Arts Centre  in Halesworth, Suffolk. Visitors had to pre book and only a maximum of 20 people over a two hour period were allowed in. Along side the main projection there were 25 HD tablets each showing a day's filming

Maverick Festival of American Roots Music

 

Pushing ideas forward from my portrait stills at the yearly Americana Music Festival in Suffolk, I developed an approach to film the musicians performing life at the festival with my Green Sofa Sessions.

fotofilms

The stills from this work have been made into several films working with the American playwright, poet, essayist, and librettist, and the poet Tamar Yoseloff.

The Venetian Mirror,      Homecoming,      Angel In The Trees,     Ghost Walk,     Loss,   Our Lives Are Brief

Working with specially constructed drawing tools in the dark of night I engage with natural elements including the sea and the wind to map out spaces and environments, tapping into the natural energies to trace and draw, and document unique, live, site specific performances. The reality of the captured image is fundamental to all my work, particularly with long exposure photography.


This concept of time is crucial to my ideas, exchanging the classic definition of photography as a series of instant glimpses of the world in which we live, to a personal definition of ‘space-time’. 


All my fotofilms are created on chosen locations. I create a field of vision for the light drawings to take place; the outcome is unknown. The photograph is the evidence of an 'event' that has taken place, a 'performance' that even I myself cannot see in its entirety. During creation, only the process is evident. It’s through the inherent values in photography as a documentary process that I  realise the idea.

The stills from this work have been made into several films working with the American playwright, poet, essayist, and librettist, and the poet Tamar Yoseloff.

 

Dan O'Brien  is a playwright, poet, essayist, and librettist. His play, The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage, winner of the 2018 PEN America Award in Drama, received a critically acclaimed world premiere at The Theatre @ Boston Court in Los Angeles, directed by Michael Michetti, and was nominated for six Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle prizes including Best Play. O'Brien's The Body of an American received an off-Broadway premiere at Primary Stages in 2016, in a co-production with Hartford Stage, directed by Jo Bonney, and was a New York Times Critic's Pick. The Body of an American is the winner of the Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play, the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, the PEN Center USA Award for Drama, the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and was shortlisted for the Evening Standard's Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright.

Tamar Yoseloff was born in the US and attended Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied with Thomas Lux and Grace Paley, among others. She moved to the UK in 1987, and since then has been active on the London poetry scene, running the Terrible Beauty reading series at the Troubadour Coffee House, acting as Reviews Editor for Poetry London, and working as Programme Coordinator for the Poetry School, where she is currently a core tutor and a lecturer on the Poetry School / Newcastle University MA in Writing Poetry.

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