Alchemy Film Festival

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Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

Davis & Moore investigated films made by the Surrealists and Dadists exponents of experimental film making and they invested in old moving-image technologies, using the limitations of the medium as boundaries that encouraged experimentation. The film was shot on a single reel of super-8 film, edited in camera and sent un-seen to the exhibition. This was an exhibition exploring ideas that Imagery can suggest or provoke the imagination towards thoughts and feelings of intimacy, although the actual imagery itself can be viewed as dormant in this respect. Davis and Moore elaborate the surrealist concerns of the relationship between sexuality and violence and cycles of birth and death such as seen in the work of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí's Un Chien Andalou.The work exhibited includes the short film 'The Cut'. The Cut was shortlisted for the Swedenborg Short Film award, 2011, and screened along with the works of international film makers at the Swedenborg Institute, London. It was included in the exhibition Mrs Darling’s Kiss at Arch 402, London and the work was highlighted in reviews along with work by Louise Bourgeois. In 2012 it was screened in the exhibition You Are Ok at the NSDM shipyard Amsterdam along with an international field of artists. It has most recently been screened At The Alchemy film festival in Hawick in April 2015 This was part of the Swedenborg Film Festival Returning in 2015, The Swedenborg Film Festival explores ideas encountered in the work of philosopher and visionary, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772). Swedenborg’s theory, that everything in the visual world corresponds to a spiritual reality, has influenced generations of artists. These selected films from previous editions of the festival (2010–13), illustrate the scope of the ‘Swedenborgian’ theme – from the symbolic imagination of Hisab to the Surrealist performance of The Cut. Charon presents a mythical vision of the underworld, whilst the documentary Tomorrow offers a wry portrait of everyday existentialism. Meanwhile, The Hand in the Plastic Bag’s absurdist humour exposes the gap between appearance and reality, and The Subterraneans suggests a heightened consciousness of hidden worlds.
Period19 Apr 2015
Event typeOther
LocationKirkstile, Hawick, United KingdomShow on map