A changing landscape. Pause till further notice

The 1960s’ industrial building on Cremer Street that has been home to the late-opening events locked its doors on 3rd March 2016. It will be demolished, alongside adjacent buildings, to make way for a new development, which it is said to include a 20-storey tower block. Resident artists and creative agencies had to evacuate the premises in search of a new affordable London studio. Inevitably, filmpro lates have been affected and the showcase / event potential at the filmpro office are yet to be confirmed.

The events were featured in the ‘Access by Design’ Journal (Issue No 144) as an example of an inclusive art project; you can read the article in PDF and in WORD.

Before you leave this page, it is worth checking Lotta’s post, a moving piece about the soon-to-disappear artists’ studios on Cremer Street.

Get in touch if you wish to find out more.

Doctors, injections and bubbles at ZombieyeZ!

The final event for 2015 was a truly exciting roller coster, working closely with Extant, a professional performing arts company of visually impaired people. Extant premiered their film called ‘Z EyeZ’, the final product of an impromptu collaboration with other visually impaired theatre companies when they met at the ‘2013 Blind in Theatre Festival’ in Zagreb.

Z eyeZ poster. An eye chart with letters Z, EYE, Z

Z eyeZ poster. An eye chart with letters Z, EYE, Z

It was no coincidence that the event date was the 3rd December, the UN’s International Day of Disabled People. The film itself offered a witty insight into attitudes towards visual impairment, blending science (through the power of bubbles!) and perceptions of sight restoration. 

This time, the space was converted into a clinic, the London branch of Zagreb’s Sloboda Clinic! Staff included a nurse at reception and three doctors whose names were no cause of concern: Dr What, Dr Witch and Dr Wherever!

Dr Witch's desk ready to welcome patients

Dr Witch’s desk ready to welcome patients

The event was an absolute thrill and this excellent review by Extant says it all:

http://extant.org.uk/news/extants_immersive_cinema

 

Films that were ‘hidden out’

On Guy Fawkes night a fantastic array of filmmakers lent their work ‘Hidden ou’t – kindly grateful to all of them!

In the work presented the narrative was not a clear-cut story but rather a sequence of emotions – deep and hidden sometimes – experienced by the creators and recorded through their camera lens. Through powerful combinations of sound and visuals, viewers were then prompted to be part of an emotional journey.

Furthermore, many of films in the programme had only been shared once, in the recent or distant past. Having fulfilled their initial purpose of encapsulating most intimate feelings, they were then often out of sight. Sometimes their creators, too, have been / are hidden. By bringing these films to the public once again the aim was to reinstate their significance for the arts scene; as well as to highlight the value of the artists themselves and share their quality work with audiences (who – in fact – hadn’t seen these films before!)

It was such a pleasure to see old friends and meet lovely new ones on the night – thank you 🙂

The street window projection showing vibrantly coloured stills by Pauline Alexander (from Many Faces of Discrimination, 2006)

The street window projection showing vibrantly coloured stills by Pauline Alexander (from Many Faces of Discrimination, 2006). Photo credit: Zeynep Dagli

One of the guests put it so nicely in her own words:

There was so much thought that went into the ideas, the presentation of those ideas and the multiple platforms that those ideas were viewed and displayed.

I love the fact that they had multiple stories within a story and so various interpretations could be arrived.

J.

First guests watch the films

First guests of thenight watch the films

 

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Hidden Out – November 2015. Main Screen, showing Many Faces Of Discrimination by Pauline Alexander – Photo by Zeynep Dagli

 

Hidden Out - November 2015. Main Screen, showing Many Faces Of Discrimination by Pauline Alexander - Photo by Zeynep Dagli

Hidden Out – November 2015. Main Screen, showing Many Faces Of Discrimination by Pauline Alexander – Photo by Zeynep Dagli

Hidden Out - November 2015. Main Screen, showing Violeta by Juan Soto - Photo by Zeynep Dagli

Hidden Out – November 2015. Main Screen, showing Violeta by Juan Soto – Photo by Zeynep Dagli

Hidden Out - November 2015. Main Screen, showing Experience dans une grotte - Photo by Zeynep Dagli

Hidden Out – November 2015. Main Screen, showing Experience dans une grotte – Photo by Zeynep Dagli

Hidden Out - November 2015. View from the street. Wndow Projection with still from Many Faces Of Discrimination. Photo by Zeynep Dagli

Hidden Out – November 2015. View from the street. Wndow Projection with still from Many Faces Of Discrimination. Photo by Zeynep Dagli

List of films

Expérience dans une grotte, Zeynep Dagli, UK, 2015.

A dance film featuring a solo performance by Yma de Almeida.

 

Deliriant, Qila Gill, UK, 2013

A dance experimental film exploring the state of Cotard delusion.

 

Surfing on Others’ Dreams, Caglar Kimyoncu, UK, 2011

A digital dream whilst being awake.

 

Flying and Floating, Michael Achtman, UK, 2015

A split-screen meditation on liminal states of being.

 

Devenir X, Juan delGado, UK, 2013

An intimate portrait on identity.

 

Many Faces of Discrimination, Pauline Alexander, UK, 2008

A rhythmic narrative which is full of misunderstandings, negativity, elimination and repetition.

 

Violeta – V.O.S.I., Juan Soto, UK, 2014

An open letter to Violeta, the astronaut who passed away only a few weeks after she was born.

 

Visit the event’s facebook page to view more: https://www.facebook.com/events/517611541734981/

A unique film premiere

In summer 2015 I had the honour to meet Johnny Hourigan and Clare Bottomley. They talked about Johnny’s film titled “Everybody says it’s all in Your Head”. As it very often happens, the process behind the film was as fascinating – if not more – as the final product itself.

Johnny used a camera to capture his view of the world as a teenager, starting from his home and family, to his neighborhood in South London and a journey on the bus with friends. It started as a test. Looking back at the footage and whilst editing, over and over again, he unconsciously began building a self portrait.  His recordings had “captured in my view of my life with mild Autism and the experience is really like a roller coaster but apart from that, it’s more like you’re filming your view from your head.”

By the time he completed the editing, he was no longer the teenager in the film, but an adult, a young man launching into new projects.

That was the right time to share the film with the public.

That was when I worked with Johnny and Clare to create a unique premiere at filmpro lates in August.

o see into the working processes behind a film that explores Johnny's life and thoughts through his camera

‘Everybody Says it’s all in Your Head’, by Johnny Hourigan and Clare Bottomley. Film poster.

Audiences were invited to get an insight into Johnny’s process: five different edits of the film where screened throughout the space. Each edit captured different stages of Johnny’s life and essentially different stages of building his self portrait towards adulthood.

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Two film posters outside the street window.

The set-up: an old TV welcoming visitors to the building’s lobby , another TV before the studio entrannce, two monitors at the corner and a video projection on the ceiling.

The final cut of “Everybody Says it’s all in Your Head”,  the sixth film, screened onto the studio’s main projection wall.

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An old TV in the lobby shows one of Johnny’s edits

 

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Film projection on the ceiling, inside the studio

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Johnny introduces his film and talks about his work.

 

View event details here

Everybody Says it’s all in Your Head on facebook

A space for reflection…

filmpro lates in July 2015 presented Flèches Sans Corps / Arrows without Bodies by Juan delGado, a video installation that explores the traumatic experience that many so-called ‘illegal’ immigrants face after having been forced to leave their homeland.

The space was filled with shoes scattered around on the floor. Their presence is evocative of the missing people.

A photo of the studio floor, shoes scattered on either side of the studio floor.

“The shoes assume a metaphorical significance that engages the viewer with those [absent] bodies. They give the chance to attach ourselves to that missing presence”, Juan delGado

Inside the studio a video installation shows a stormy sea at night as waves crash against rocks on the shore. A woman’s voice begins to sing verses from Persian poet Jalal al-Din Rumi, “the decision to leave tears me apart / it burns when i remember all my loved ones / although i have left, my heart is still back there”.

The reality…

Complementary information presented the reality of thousands and thousands of people fleeing their homeland to get to the “promised land” of Europe and beyond.

… in regulatory terms and policies:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Operation Mare Nostrum (2013 – 2014)

Naval and air operation commenced by the Italian government to tackle the increased immigration to Europe during the second half of 2013. It included a ‘search and rescue’ component that is believed to have saved thousands of lives in the Mediterranean. It ended in October 2014 because it was considered too expensive.

Operation Triton (2014 – current)

Border security operation conducted by Frontex, the European Union’s border security agency. It replaced operation ‘Mare Nostrum’. It includes a limited ‘search and rescue’ component. Since the operation began the number of migrants who drowned while crossing the Mediterranean has dramatically increased.

In the meantime, more than 1,750 migrants perished in the Mediterranean between January – April 2015; more than 30 times higher than during the same period of 2014 (International Organisation for Migration)

… in people’s own words:

Around the walls there were testimonies from people who fled their country due to war, abusive political regimes or other life threatening conditions; they survived the journey to a ‘better’ future, but their odyssey in the ‘promised’ land continues as they aim to build a new life. They are called ‘illegal’ immigrants, but are they given the option of ‘legal’ migration?

Some quotes:

We thought that Europe cares and that they would save us. But we spent hours in the water before anyone came. So we have lost hope in Europe. There is discrimination and no freedom to move. They say yes we feel sorry for you but there are legal issues. Why did you let us in then? Why not leave us in the sea?,  Young Syrian man (survivor from the sinking in Lampedusa, October 2013)

The journey from Turkey was hard. But compared to what I faced in Syria or Egypt, it was nothing. We were 28 people and the boat was too small. I believe that we only made it thanks to God – otherwise we would all have died. Ebmesam, Syria

Thank God, I was able to cross [to Istanbul], where I stayed for two weeks, each morning my friend and I went to the famous Aksaray area in Istanbul in order to meet the smugglers (people traffickers)… Those look at us as if we’re a moving bag of money, they’re infamous for lying and greed and avarice, their numbers are large, for smuggling has become the trade of the tradeless, and each one displays his methods and creativity in the art of smuggling bearing in mind that they don’t care about what happens to us along the road. FromCrossing Borders: Qamishli’s Story

Sources:

http://www.msf.org/article/greece-testimonies-syrian-refugees-and-msf-staff

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2013/12/dont-get-boat-testimonies-syrian-refugees-italy/

Crossing Borders is an ongoing project by Juan delGado

 

This was an one-off event, but the number of people risking their lives to cross to Europe increases day by day.

Do we need to wait until the next media coverage to finally stop this?

 

Further sources and interesting reading:

Migrants’ Files

The Migrants’ Files interactive map illustrates areas where people died between 2000 and 2014 in their attempt to reach Europe. Click on a ‘blood spot’ and the available data comes up. In total, the website has recorded 2,880 events, 78 territories, 15 detention centres and the 13,744 migrants for which some data is available.

Migrant files - click data

Snapshot of the interactive map, click on a ‘blood spot’ and the available data comes up.

www.detective.io/detective/the-migrants-files

Against All Odds – an online interactive game that lets you experience what it is like to be a refugee. Available in 11 languages:  www.playagainstallodds.ca/ (English) / www.taxidifygis.org.cy (Greek)

Navid didn’t come here for holidays / Ο Ναβίντ δεν ήρθε για διακοπές –
an online game aimed to be used in the classroom. Currently available only in Greek: www.navid.gr

International Organisation for Migration: http://www.iom.int/

Migrants’ Rights Network: www.migrantsrights.org.uk

Refugees’ Week: www.refugeeweek.org.uk 

The list above is not exhaustive, of course!

There are still plenty of online resources available, comprehensive directories of initiatives and projects in relation to this field. If you have anything interesting to share, get in touch.