Outdoor Film Programme Projected Outdoors
Portobello Prom (by Pipe St) Edinburgh
SUN 18th OCTOBER 2020



Sailors are good at connecting fast and helping each other because (they) know what it is to be in trouble at sea.
Susan Smillie, living alone on a boat for 3 years ‘Living alone in the wild’
The Guardian, 4 Apr 2020

A visual portrayal of the fragility of our seas & oceans, our climate, and of our own lives (during the pandemic), with a series of film shorts from around the world. The wild sea is explored as a metaphor for our recent uncertain times, alongside ideas for change.

All films available for watching below from 21st to 25th October.
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'Letters from Cyprus' Othonas Charalambous (3:45, Cyprus, 2017)

Letters From Cyprus is a short film consisting of multiple fragments of experimental visual poetry, assembled in sequential order that formulates part of a larger narrative. Entirely shot on an iphone, the film was produced in Cyprus, at different locations in different cities, but always in close proximity to the sea. Characteristics that define the local landscape become elements of symbolic importance as they trigger a succession of intimate thought processes that explore the multifaceted relationship between individual and nature, the notion of living on an island and the multi dimensionality of natural landscape and its representations amidst times of trouble and turbulence.

Othonas Charalambous is a visual artist and writer based in Nicosia, Cyprus. He holdsan MA in Fashion design technology from the University of the Arts, London. Hiscreative practice explores nuanced spatiotemporal narratives through a diverse rangeof mediums including video, writing and sculpture. Charalambous is the co-founderand co-director of the interdisciplinary program 'Platform: A Climate Challenge'. www.othonas-charalambous.com

'Plague' Raji Jagadeesan (8:15, Italy/UK, 2020)

Raji Jagadeesan found herself in Venice when the coronavirus outbreak enveloped Italy in late February, choosing to use her interests in both fictional and documentary approaches to the visual image, to create this short film Plague. Her research process focused on the World Health Organization's coronavirus press briefings, which began in January and have continued with growing urgency. (Film contains WHO footage - best to be experienced with sound (please watch online screening via this page 21-25 Oct).   

Raji Jagadeesan is an interdisciplinary artist who works across still and moving images, 3D materials, and text and stories. She completed her MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins in 2020 and has shown in exhibits in the UK, Belgium, Bulgaria, and Switzerland. www.raji.studio/

'Rising' Emily Beaney (3:05, Scotland, 2020)

Rising responds to the theme of the wild sea as a metaphor for our recent uncertain times. Footage of the water surface, above and below the sea, are combined to generate a sense of disorientation, representative of confusions surrounding the pandemic and the desire find a way out.

Emily is an experimental filmmaker based in Edinburgh. Her practice explores how film can reveal lived experiences and embodied sensations through onscreen metaphors. She is currently a PhD researcher at Edinburgh College of Art. www.emilybeaney.com/film

'Float' Caitlin Strongarm (3:03, UK, 2020)

A lonely sea dragon searches for connection in the ocean and finds exactly that. An experiment in underwater puppetry, originally produced for the Bristol 48 Hour Puppetry Film Challenge.

Caitlin Strongarm is an Australian born performer, maker and facilitator specialising in non-verbal & participatory theatre, puppetry, community engagement and works for young audiences. Her approach is centred around play, empowerment and resource management; she creates works from reclaimed materials and champions accessible art experiences for communities around the world.

'Passage' Elena Stelzer (4:45, Israel/Germany, 2018)
in collaboration with Yonatan Shehoah

A minefield, a military site - near the Dead Sea – an area that remains off-limits for decades becomes the playground for a traveler’s voyage. A landscape of almost lunar quality where the water once was - a non-space - turns into an absolute passage, or the modern ship of fools. "Where are your monuments, your battles, martyrs? Where is your tribal memory? Is it the sea? The sea is history." (Derek Walcott)

Elena Stelzer is a multidisciplinary artist, born in Duesseldorf. She lives and works in Jerusalem. She holds an MA in German Philology and Philosophy from the University of Vienna and the University of Duesseldorf, graduated her BFA studies at the Department of Multidisciplinary Art of Shenkar College in 2019. She specializes in sculpture, performance and video art. In her work, Elena carries out provocative actions, influenced by the formal language of the minimal and conceptual art movements of the 1960s and 70s. Her art works are engaged with social commentary and political activism.  @ilstudioelenastelzer

'Anina' Alcaeus Spyrou (19:50, Albania/UK, 2018)

A container ship is not an inanimate object. The ship that travels thousands of miles on the high seas is full of life, stories, tragedy and hope. The industrial landscape one encounters, the cargo that floats in an endless ocean. The shipping industry’s ever-shifting landscape, affecting even this interaction you are having with this text, crafts its own mythology.

Alcaeus Spyrou (b.1991, Elbasan, Albania) is a visual artist working with the cinematic image. In his practice, Alcaeus utilizes a psychoanalytical scope on cinema to deconstruct the inter-dependent nature of the medium. Through this process, he searches for new dialects of the cinematic language. By combining the two antithetical genres of fiction and non-fiction he establishes connections with the alienated environment. www.alcaeusspyrou.com/

'Furrious: Underwater' Milan Loviška & Otto Krause (5:32, Austria, 2018)

In Furrious: Underwater the artists Milan Loviška and Otto Krause continue to employ the artistic processes of furrification and plushification. This time they extend their own aesthetic plushyverse of everything childish and descend with their hybrid plushophilia into one of the last resorts left where one can be truly offline. Exploring the potential of scuba diving as artistic practice, the two artists perform underwater and film their furrious interactions with the cute plushiness of marine flora and fauna.
A production of Territorium KV: Furrious: Underwater is part of the larger performance & solo exhibition project Furrious and was created in the residency at Blitz, Valletta, and supported by the Arts and Culture Division, Federal Chancellery of Austria. Thanks to Dive Systems Malta and Anne Javaloyes.

Milan Loviška and Otto Krause are transdisciplinary artists based in Vienna working in the visual arts and the performing arts context. In their artistic practice, which is deeply rooted in both research and experiment, they explore the potential of performative formats, media, materials, and new technologies to question established modes of perception and to stimulate uncanny perspectives on the relationship between audience and performer.
www.ottookrause.com | www.loviska.com

'mom and me and the sea' Ann-Marie LeQuesne (2:03, UK/USA, 2020)

"My mother had Spanish influenza as a baby. Later in life she developed Parkinson’s disease and died young. I have interspersed her early photographs with my later ones, animated by a recent boat trip on the Oslo Fjord - a communication over time in the midst of another pandemic."

LeQuesne stages performances with groups of people in public places that are collaborative and not rehearsed, with an interest in performative rituals, everyday actions, performed out of context. Since lockdown she has worked at one remove - finding and filming narratives at a distance: through the window of a bus; from her 4th floor walkway looking down. For this video the "distance" was time - printing her mother's early negatives, seeing her world before LeQuesne was born, and finding evidence of our shared love of water. www.amlequesne.com

'Like Shishmaref' Marek Ranis (16:00, Alaska/USA, 2016)

The disappearing barrier islands and increasingly ephemeral coastal lines of an Alaskan native village and North Carolina Outer Banks are contrasted to show two places mitigated by similarities. Just like in subsistence life of Shishmaref, in touristy Outer Banks the ocean has been claiming land; forces of nature acutely try both places and indifferent to the economical status or ethnic makeup of people affected.

Shishmaref /Qiġiqtaq is an Alaskan Inupiaq village on Sarishef barrier island in the Chukchi Sea located 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Population: 565. Every year melting sea ice, thawing permafrost, and devastating storms have eroded this narrow island. In 2002, residents voted to relocate the village to another place. In 2016, the Shishmaref community is still searching for a solution to its climate-change related demise.
The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a string of barrier islands and peninsulas located on the Atlantic Ocean. Approximate population: 58,000. As a major tourist destination, the Outer Banks are heavily developed. Rising sea levels combined with extensive beach erosion have shrunken the islands to 25% of their original size. Despite this fact, development has been ongoing. In 2012 North Carolina’s General Assembly rejected rising sea level predictions, de facto, banning new legislation addressing climate change.

Marek Ranis (PL/USA) an Associate Professor of Art at the College of Art and Architecture, UNC Charlotte; a multi-media environmental artist. Through film, installation, sculpture, photography, paintings and social practice projects Ranis has been exploring a dramatically changing polar environment, climate migration and the experiences of Arctic Indigenous communities, as well as growing cultural diversity in the Northern regions.

'High Tide' Tina Hitchens & Sam Francis (4:10, UK, 2020)

Drawing upon water as a source of inspiration and as a metaphor for the Covid 19 situation, Tina Hitchens based in Bristol and Sam Francis in Weston Super Mare met virtually over two weeks to connect their separate locations through different water sources - the WSM coast and the River Frome in Eastville, Bristol that both conjoin with the Severn Estuary. At the changing times of high tide they met virtually to observe, listen, look, meditate on and respond to the connecting pull of the water, the environment and surroundings to connect creatively and personally as a lifeline during these uncertain and disconnected times. This work is a montage of material gathered during these outings and a reminder that flow and continuity will always be present and can close the space between us as the space between us all widens.

'Procession 2' Nigel Goldsmith (3:30, UK, 2020)

Most modern economies require ever increasing amounts of consumer spending in order to remain ‘viable’. A huge, fleet of massive container ships continually plying the world’s oceans is required to support our unquenchable need for goods. The ships in the videos carry thousands of metal containers on a single voyage. The subject is almost unimaginable in both scale and impact on people and planet. A passing ship becomes a mesmerising movement of shapes which is both pleasing and shocking in equal measures.

Nigel is a lens based artist producing photographs and short immersive videos. His work is mainly concerned with the impact of globalisation on people and planet. His work appeared in the 2019 John Ruskin Prize exhibition at the Holden Gallery in Manchester was a finalist in the Small Axe Film Festival and screened at the digital art festival at the Andrew Brownsword Gallery in Bath. In 2020 his work featured in the Signature Art Prize in London and Oriel Myrddin Gallery in Carmarthen. www.nigelgoldsmith.co.uk

'Across, Ahead, Behind & With You' Holger Mohaupt (2:54, Scotland, 2020)

Firm breaststrokes, rippled sea wash and inflatable tow floats. The choreography of swimming, in bizarre unison with the experience of self-isolation and physical distancing. A buoyant energy and stamina that is infectious. Filmed the day before Boris Johnson officially announced the lockdown.

Holger is an award-winning German artist and filmmaker based in Scotland. He studied visual communication and anthropology at the Art Academy in Hamburg. After a postgraduate diploma in Electronic Imaging, he finished his PhD at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee. His distinct visual style has been exhibited internationally at festivals and in galleries. Holger’s research practice is focused on landscape, memory and immersive storytelling. He is recipient of the New Media Scotland Award.

'Acidification' Julien Masson (3:30, UK, 2017)

Our oceans are teeming with life. Phytoplankton, despite their small size play a vital role in the carbon cycle and are one of the biggest producers of oxygen, the element we need to live and breathe. Coccolithophores are one of the many components of the phytoplankton community and are easily recognised due to their exquisite exoskeletal parts called coccoliths featured in this animation.

Julien Masson is an artist resident in the UK. Originally from France, Masson has lived and studied Fine Art in France, the UK and Italy, with a master in computer animation. All the artist's works are, in some way related to technology and our relation with it. "As an artist, I wish to expand the notions of what is Art and participate in the very dynamic dialogue between digital technology, Science and the Arts." This project was a collaboration between the artist, research staff at Southampton University and Winchester Science Centre.

'Insomnia (5:13am)' Lise Kjaer (2:00, New York USA, 2020)

"Largely confined to my small Manhattan apartment, I found myself experiencing insomnia for the very first time. To give it a form, I reached for my iPhone and recorded what I saw, including the water on my daily walk. To simply articulate seemed relevant during these fluid and uncertain times."

Lise Kjaer is a Danish artist, who lives and works in New York. She received an MFA with Distinction from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland, and has exhibited internationally in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Poland and the United States. As a visual artist, Kjaer works with light in video, projections, and installations. She is interested in the ways in which we see the world through filters of senses, memories, and desires, and navigate our perceptions with an often slim line between the illusionary and the real. Kjaer teaches modern and contemporary art at the City College of New York.

'Infinite' Zaneta Zukalova (1:42, UK, 2020)

Jellyfish, despite all historical events and environmental disasters, live and thrive together. Referring to the introduction by Jack Halberstam to The Undercommons, Zukalova see's them as a metaphor to abandoning the historically given ways of thinking and seeing, to refusing the given system and finding alternative paths in what surrounds us already.

Zaneta Zukalova is an artist based in London, who graduated in 2018 from the Camberwell College of Arts, UAL. Her practice emerges from the points of confluence between the ‘natural’ and ‘artificial’, and is influenced by the ceaseless transition from physical to digital environments. Zukalova has taken part in international art festivals, such as Art Fair Suomi 2019, Helsinki, and Pingyao International Photography Festival 2018, China. She co-founded Shepherd’s Office (2017-), a project reflecting on digital labour. She is currently part of Into the Wild 2020 programme under Chisenhale and resides in SET Studios Lewisham.

'Oceanus Nullius' Veronica Vossen Wood (5:10, Scotland, 2020)

One of three videos on the spheres of sea, air and earth, this work addresses issues of human environmental degradation of oceanic ecology in relation to the aeonic timescale of the evolution of the earth and its biosphere. A form of “slide-motion film” with multiple dissolving stills in a constructed temporal rhythm imbues an altered consciousness of time.

Veronica Vossen Wood is a lens-based artist working with digital media in both still and moving image. The main body of work is centred on the production of time-based work in the form of single, dual and multi-channel video projections with ambient sound in immersive installations and screenings, presented in both site-specific and gallery locations. She has previously worked within ‘Science/ Art’ context in collaborative projects at King’s College London, UCL and other research and academic organisations.  Based in a remote area of northwest Scotland for the last ten years, the narrative of her work has increasingly been concerned with issues of ecology, the biosphere and aeonic time.

'Hanagasa, swimming experiment no1' Julie Menguy (5:30, France, 2018)

This swimming performance was realized with a floating helmet, made with salvaged materials and chrysanthemum flowers. Hanagasa literally means in Japanese “flower hat”, which is usually worn during traditional festivals. The parade with handmade hanagasa reflects the artist's intimate relation to swimming, both banal and sacred.

Born in Cherbourg and currently based in Marseille, Julie Menguy generates poetic experiences and questionings about relations between living and non living bodies. Water from swimming pools to seas, followed her from Japan to France, and became her faithfull pattern and partner.


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