Film Study Day and Hinges Between Days Book Launch

Saturday, 13 March 2010
2pm - 6pm
Stills Film Study Day

For the closing event of Elin Jakobsdottir’s Hinges Between Days exhibition, we have invited curators, academics and artists to explore the intersection of the imaginative and the poetic in artists’ film. 

The increasing number of artists working with video, 16mm, Super 8 and now even 35mm film, make clear that the moving image has become a dominant medium in contemporary art.  As they draw from the historical lineages of cinema, documentary, video art and experimental film, these artists are dissolving the traditional distinctions between disciplines.   Speakers at the Film Study Day have been invited to examine the role of the imagination and the poetic in film with reference to their own particular areas of research.  From the exceptional Orcadian filmmaker Margaret Tait to current uses of 16mm film in the exhibition space, important historical antecedents will be framed next to current approaches. 

We are delighted to welcome Henriette Huldisch, Associate Curator in the Media Archive at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art Berlin, and co-curator of the 2008 Whitney Biennial.  Her paper ‘Love at Last Sight: Notes on the Use of Celluloid in Recent Moving Image Art’ will discuss contemporary artists’ film installations.

Sarah Neely, Lecturer in the department of Film, Media & Journalism at the University of Stirling, will explore the relationship between Margaret Tait’s filmmaking and writing practices.  Taking her affinity with Lorca’s phrase ‘stalking the image’ as a starting point, her paper ‘If you really look’: Margaret Tait and the ekphrastic in poetry and the moving image’ will consider the intense method of looking invoked in Tait’s written and filmic work within the context of the poetic term ekphrasis (crudely defined here as the ‘intense description of a thing’).

Like many experimental filmmakers, New American Cinema pioneer Maya Deren (1917-1961), was committed to writing about film in order to articulate her distinctive practice. Sarah Smith, Lecturer in the Department of Historical and Critical Studies at The Glasgow School of Art, will employ Deren’s concept of the vertical axis of cinépoetry (as distinct from the horizontal axis of narrative film) as a starting point to explore a variety of poetic filmmaking practices from the literary-influenced films of the post-war New York School to the lyrical works of contemporary UK artists Guy Sherwin, Luke Fowler and Rosalind Nashashibi & Lucy Skaer.  Her paper is entitled ‘ That Vertical Feeling: Exploring Maya Deren’s Concept of Cinépoetry’

To mark the launch of her new book, Elín Jakobsdóttir will also be in conversation with the curator of the Hinges Between Days exhibition, Kirsten Lloyd.  Printed in full colour, this new Stills publication will be available to buy on the day for £5.
To book a place please call 0131 622 6200 or email

Presented with the support of the Goethe Institut Glasgow