Volume 10.1

ISSN 2514-3123
https://doi.org/10.37186/swrks/10.1


Rolling Volume 10.1

Our fifth entry for Volume 10.1, Owls and Parrots by Robert Greens, confronts the challenges of depicting the author’s own experience of growing up with dyslexia. The film subverts cinematic form by refusing to allow us a moving image, focusing instead on a locked-off shot of an empty school room. We listen to the halting voice of a young dyslexic boy reading out a script reflecting on the experience of navigating the education system with dyslexia, from primary school to university – the disjuncture between the tentative delivery of the child, and the adult perspective from which the voiceover is written creates an emotional affect that threatens to overspill the film.

Andrea Stultiens’ Ekifananyi Kya Muteesa / The King Pictured (by many) investigates the social and cultural biography of the first known photograph of a King (Kabaka) of Buganda, the kingdom to which present day Uganda owes its name. The picture was produced by explorer H.M. Stanley in 1875 and, despite its wide adaptation, was not widely known in Uganda at the time Stultiens’ investigation began. This reflective and multifaceted video essay features interviews with a cacophony of contemporary picture-makers narrating their reactions to the original image and details Stultiens’ attempts to recreate the photograph with the current Kabaka.

Jenny Oyallon-Koloski’s Maya and Mia At La La Landis a videographic film which draws fascinating parallels between Maya Deren’s At Land and Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. By bringing together two such starkly disparate source materials – experimental film vs popular musical – this practice research presents a compelling exploration of what Chazelle identifies as the inherently “radical nature” of the musical.  Oyallon-Koloski uses various editing techniques from continuity editing and Soviet montage, to Deren’s own parametric framework, to interweave the films and make abstract narrative connections between their two central female characters.  In so doing, she not only critiques the on-screen representation of women, but also draws attention to the stylistic synergies between the two filmmakers.

Sy Taffel’s thought-provoking documentary Automating Creativity explores how workers in the creative industries and academics who study technology and culture understand the existing and emerging relationships between automation and creativity, and how these relationships inform contemporary communication, media and culture. Taking the recent surge of interest in digital automation as his starting point, Taffel constructs a pointed overview of these computational tools in relation to creative practices through interviews with key figures in the field, archive material and voice over narration. His accompanying statement examines the political implications of digital automation and reflects on his own use of automated tools during the production of the documentary soundtrack.

Anna Ulrikke Andersen’s captivating The Norwegian Institute in Rome uses techniques from the essay film and its form to approach architectural history, this meticulous work poses questions about the use of film as architectural history and, including authorial intervention in the Agnès Varda mode, whether the filmmaker is able to address what framing in film and architecture can be, and do.

We are accepting submissions for our rolling Volume 10.1. To submit work please read our Submissions Guidelines and use our Online Submission Form. If you are interested in submitting your practice and want further advice, then please contact us on admin@screenworks.org.uk with “Submissions” in the subject line.


Contents

Owls and Parrots

Author: Robert Greens
Format: Digital Video
Duration: 5’ 29”
Published: February 2020

What is it like growing up with dyslexia? This film explores just that, with a sophisticated use voiceover that juxtaposes a child’s faltering narration with an adult’s perspective, drawing on the author’s personal experience…

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Ekifananyi Kya Muteesa

Author: Andrea Stultiens
Format: Video Essay
Duration: 10′ 00″
Published: January 2020

An investigation into the social and cultural biography of the first known photograph of a King (Kabaka) of Buganda, the kingdom to which present day Uganda owes its name, produced by explorer H.M. Stanley in 1875…

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Maya and Mia At La La Land

Author: Jenny Oyallon-Koloski
Format: Video Essay
Duration: 9′ 2″
Published: December 2019

A videographic film exploring the stylistic relationship between Maya Deren’s At Land and Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, using continuity editing, Soviet montage and Deren’s own parametric frameworks…

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Automating Creativity

Author:  Sy Taffel
Format: Digital Video
Duration: 48’ 15”
Published: October 2019

A documentary exploring how workers in the creative industries and academics who study technology and culture understand the existing and emerging relationships between automation and creativity…

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Norwegian Institute

Author:  Anna Ulrikke Andersen
Format: Digital Video
Duration: 19’ 45”
Published: September 2019

With the Norwegian Institute in Rome as its subject, this work engages with a building, its design and its history through filmmaking, thus considering how film might be a method of architectural history…

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This volume is supported by the Moving Image Research Group and the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of the West of England, UWE Bristol.

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