Old E6 Chemistry

The image was orignally of a blue strip light wrapped around a black iron frame in O'Neills in Leytonstone. This scan doesn't do the true colours justice, for in projection, the colours are yellow (background that was originally dark) and blue. This was shot on in date Ektachrome 64T.

Out of Date E6 Chemicals

I've just processed some film with some out of date chemicals with intriguing results. It was a test film for next week's film night, shot in the Music Room at O'Neills. I knew the chemicals were out of date and it was an experiment, but wasn't quite prepared for yellow and blue images.

I'll post some stills on Sunday.

Artists' Film and Video - 6th July

I'm organising an Artists' Film and Video night which is part of the Leytonstone Festival. It's Monday 6th July 8pm £3.00 entry at The Music Room, O'Neills, 762 High Road, Leytonstone. Supported by The Leytonstone Film Club.

Modern Painters

I read a really good article in the May edition of Modern Painters by Laura Mulvey about a filmmaker called Mark Lewis. Lewis is interested in the old Hollywood technique of rear projection and he stages acts or scenes using this method. Mulvey talks about how the 'oblique' re-use of old technologies, used within an art context brings a new significance to this 'old' device.

However, what really grabbed me were the notions around space, time, figure ground relationships and representation. Lewis draws links back to Renaissance painting and their use of 'a central figure shown against a spatially aggregated background' ( Laura Mulvey, 2009, Mark Lewis: Exploring the Mirage behind the movie star, Modern Painters, New York p.61 )'and the disjunction or disorientation that this provides. Lewis cites, The Virgin of Chancellor Rolin by Jan Van Eyck as an example of this 'spatially aggregated background'.

But the thrust of the article is based around how the old can become the 'new' new.