Monday, January 09, 2012

Workshop and Installation at IKON Gallery 7th and 8th of January 2012

On saturday 7th and sunday 8th of January we returned, exactly one year to the day since our last visit, to the IKON Gallery in Birmingham to present edited highlights of the completed Unravel films so far in a temporary installation located on the first floor.
 The saturday also saw us deliver another workshop within the gallery space and utilising the entire second floor (quite literally in one of the rooms) that attracted a large crowd of new participants as well as a few returning  faces.  It was fantastic to be run the workshops within the exhibition spaces, which currently are showing works by Stuart Whipps, Dean Kelland and John Myers. We really had a fantastic weekend and were incredibly well looked after by all of the IKON's excellent staff, especially Learning Co-ordinator, Emma Bowen who has now attended and hosted numerous Unravel events. It was also a pleasure to meet so many amazing people over the course of the weekend and couldn't have asked to start 2012 in a better way. Cheers

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Installation at the IKON Gallery 7th and 8th January

This weekend we are screening Unravel at the IKON Gallery in Birmingham. From 11am until 6pm on Saturday and Sunday as well as a workshop from 1 - 4 pm on the saturday.

In January 2011, IKON Gallery and the IKON insiders education programme hosted one of the eighty national workshops entitled Unravel – the longest hand painted film in Britain, where participants were invited to paint, scratch and directly manipulate 16mm film.
Harking back to the direct animation techniques of Len Lye, Norman McLaren and Stan Brakhage these marked traces of multiple authors represent diverse demographics of the British people wherein each frame of the film represents one metre in the 874 mile distance between Land’s End and Jon O’Groats. Sound recordings, interviews and perspectives on each location have been collected and compiled– mapping a metaphorical journey through collective memory and identity. The collaged autobiographical oral accounts which speak of individual experience in different locations, times and spaces offer a non-linear, psycho-geographical exploration of the country made for and by the people of Britain.