Tuesday 7 June 2022, 8pm
Film Talks Live is a series of events related to the book Film Talks: 15 Conversations on Experimental Cinema, recently published by Contact. This event at Cafe Oto includes three of the contributors to the book in a novel configuration, extending the artists’ conversations on the page. Greg Pope will perform a new expanded cinema and spoken word performance It Goes Without Saying (2021). Karel Doing will present new ‘phytographic’ films for two projectors. Bruce McClure and Gregg Biermann have contributed a recent video, Flickerfest (2020), one of a series they have made collaboratively. Tom Richards will present a sonic performance in response to the evening’s experimental cinema –an idiosyncratic mixture of handmade equipment, hacked turntables and modular synthesisers.
Karel Doing is an independent artist, filmmaker and researcher from the Netherlands who relocated to the UK in 2013 to start a research project focused on ecology and cinema. This project has culminated in an ongoing engagement with plants and photochemical emulsion, investigating the relationship between culture and nature by means of analogue and organic process, experiment and co-creation. His work has been shown worldwide in cinemas and galleries, and he regularly collaborates with musicians and sound artists. https://kareldoing.net/
Bruce McClure began experimenting with simple cinematic devices in 1994. Since then he has concentrated on expanded projector performance pieces, using between one and four modified film projectors, rhythmically patterned film loops, guitar effects pedals and analogue sound equipment to produce intense sensory experiences. He has presented his film performances in festival and arts venues around the world. Gregg Biermann is Co-President of the New American Cinema Group/Filmmakers Cooperative in New York and is Professor of Cinema Studies at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. Often working with footage from Hollywood classics, Biermann’s work takes advantage of the possibilities of digital cinema to advance rigorous compositional strategies. He and Bruce McClure have made several video pieces together.
After dabbling in punk rock bands and absurdist performance, Greg Pope founded film collective ‘Situation Cinema' (Brighton 1986) and ‘Loophole Cinema' (London, 1989). Working collaboratively and individually, Pope has made video installations, live art and single screen film works since 1996. These works include live cinema performance pieces as well as 35mm film productions, text-based percussion and slide projection performances. He has collaborated with numerous film and sound artists as well as presenting solo and screening retrospectives at festivals and events in Europe, North and South America and Australia. https://gregpope.org/
Tom Richards is an artist, musician, DJ, researcher and instrument designer walking the line between sonic art, sculpture and music. For his PhD at Goldsmiths, Richards researched the work of Daphne Oram, culminating in a functional build of Mini Oramics, which the British electronic music pioneer conceptualised over 40 years ago but never realised during her lifetime: a machine that can translate drawings into sound and compositions. Richards' own output often features textured, evolving, polyrhythmic improvisations. He has performed and shown works throughout the UK – including CTM, Tate Britain and the Queen Elizabeth Hall – in the USA, Germany, Peru, Japan, and Sweden.