One minute moving image mysteries
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One Minute Volume 4
In recent times artist and filmmaker Kerry Baldry has curated a number of one-minute film screenings. Saturday 5th February from 12pm – 5pm was number 4 in the series and featured an hour long programme of artist’s moving image including stop frame, video, film, Super8 and 16mm, split screen and more all constrained by a time frame of sixty seconds.
Over the years I’ve been to a number of shows and installations and seen some bizarre moving images at places like Red Gallery, Hull Film, Art Link even Time Based Art back in the day. Today’s venue was the Museum of Club Culture on Humber Street. It was a bleak, blowy blustery afternoon and I wandered on down to the Fruitmarket whilst everything got a good soaking. I crept into the space as silently as I could; a number of people were already sat watching the screen. I entered just as what looked like a broken TV, or one of those old tuning spectrums, was casting bright colours into the darkened room.
For unedited written responses to the films see here. I don’t try to convey all the nuances or technical knowledge, this is just a tourist’s response if you like, to what passed in front of my eyes.
I watched all the films made copious notes on each, then was joined by Hull Film’s Espen Jensen. I got the opportunity to see the whole show again, this time without having to take my eyes off the screen to write. If I had to pick a favourite it would have to be the stone statues in bags, this one provoked the most questions, and the image has remained in my head to this day.
The next screening of One Minute volume 4 will be at The Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury, London on the 6th April showing as part of The London Underground Film Sessions.
Like using a… by Tansy Spinks – hammer on different types of nuts some in slow mo
Piecing by Louisa Minkin (silent) – split screen, screen in squares, oblongs, many different reels running simultaneously
Twitter by Leiser/Harris – plastic bird in a bush with bird call, it’s not even in blue, then it flops over to reveal white bedraggled feathers.
1961 Revisited by Nicki Rolls (silent) – tree casting shadows on old living room scene
Patronizing ideas, Lessons and Afternoon Games: Bar Delay by Zhel Vukicevic – manipulating soundwaves looks like Unknown Pleasures album cover.
Live Painting – Red Hill by Nick Herbert – Is it a volcano? I’m desperate for it not to be rude…oh it’s a landscape.
Stargazers by Alex Pearl – shiny bright lights, the interest in this is how they made it.
Code by Stuart Pound – Images as numbers like windings, count down as the images change as they would on a digital read out.
One Minute biennale di venezia 2009 by Daniela Butsch (silent) A girl in a hat in a series of galleries why? It’s a tour of Venice in one minute.
Blossom by Michael Szpakowski - Unusual bud collections but the sounds don’t add anything.
Passing Shots by Cate Elwes – Haiti before the earthquake it’s possible all these people are now dead? Like documentary footage shooting from the hip gives close proximity to the subjects.
Pretty Flamingo by Katherine Meynell – Its very pink and some looped flamingo leg action?
RS-A4 by Jonathon Moss – blue swirls, travelling through a watery painting?
Ginnungagap Muspelheim by Eva Rudlinger (silent) it looks like the moon but on fire rivers of lava light break through eggshell cracks then solidify like a river delta.
One Minute in Pisa by Chris Meigh Andrews – aurally Pisa pleasing echoed voices in a temple.
Dinosaur by Martin Pickles – War of the Worlds like dinosaur there’s humour as one waits for the building to move; clever.
Cloud Mime by Gordon Dawson (silent) I didn’t catch the title is it a hamster is it cotton wool is it a cloud a giant cloud spewing deity?
No visible Means of support by Sam Renseiw and Philip Sanderson – bird in the sky, detatched voices sound of the sea, where are they, where is the bird?
100 Heads by Tony Hill – the head shots that have been used in advertising and miusic vids before, oh this was 1971.
‘It’s art’ (my grand dad is a conceptual artist) by Laure Prouvost (silent) A shelf is it art?
Brake, should say break.
Twenty Foot Square by Stuart Moore and Kayla Parker – buds again blossoms and bugs, mites, in pastel shades. Like a David Bellamy shrink film but fuzzy and unstructured.
Kerry Baldry – two stone statues in bags breathing in and out, very strange like lungs. I’m thinking about suffocation in the hold of an aircraft.
The Man Who Came Back by Alex Pearl (silent) – Animation astronaut in space slowly spinning away; head over heels, over head, over heels over head…
Inanimatismus by Steven Ball – Different frames , view points, tessellation like a hidden picture; a kaleidoscope.
White Wall by Anahita Razmi – the wall of an Iranian prison political thought provoking.
Holding The Viewer by Tony Hill – walking on a street, now he’s on a wall on a beach with a metal bar; madness.
Snowflake by Kate Jessop – Kaleidoscopic images like paper snowflakes pretty.
Tell me when you think one minute is up from by Bob Levene – You can’t help but have a go I was two seconds out, both times I tried.
Half Life by Erica Scourti (silent) – Colours pretty, like headlights morphing dancing blurring then like Rorsach inkblots.
Little Skipper by Elizabeth Hobbs – butterflies in pages come alive like a flick book it is a flick book, that’s clever.
Untitled by Stuart Pound – Radio 3 announcer it’s a garden scene autumnal images peaceful.
Greenwich Power Station by Liam Wells – low rumbling, still image gives more power to immovable object.
X by Claire Morales – reminds me of sheep jumping over fences why?
Zapruder Objective 1 by Michael Cousin – Twin Towers. What is that behind the plane that carries on after the impact? Superman behind a bush? Find myself thinking is this thing faked.
Film Poem 1 ‘Storm’ by Tina Keane – good storm sounds I wanted more verse.
Turn of the Century by Virginia Hilyard – hairbrush close up is it a boy, is it a girl?
Dark Matter by Gordon Dawson (silent) – bouncy ball alive in a corridor; how did they do that?
Recess by Riccardo Iacono – reflected images on top of each other there’s the neon flash of traffic but I know not what else.
Loves/loves me not by Fil Ieropoulos – seagulls, the sea, the waves, the two ropes rising and falling in the waves; I can imagine the salt tang in the air.
Time Travel by Sam Renseiw and Philip Sanderson – train journey and maths equations?
Antarctica Silence by Marty St. James (silent) - dignity, shadow play, historic explorer, like a ghost playing on the snow unseen.
Scaped (1) by James Snazell just red lines occasionally white ones moving quickly, revolving, I never saw what it was.
The lost and crumpled will by Stuart Pound – reminds me of spooky TV Idents, are they negative images or night time?
Night Piano by Richard Tuohy – piano sounds and beads of colour are they sound activated?
Colour Bars by Simon Payne – like a broken TV what you might see at the end of a reel of footage.