Film Talks Live: Cathy Rogers & Vicky Smith

Events — Public Talk LUX - Waterlow Park Centre, Dartmouth Park Hill, London, N19 5JF
28 November 2021, 14:00

To celebrate the publication of Film Talks: 15 Conversations on Experimental Cinema edited by Simon Payne and Andrew Vallance LUX is hosting a series of live discussion events between filmmakers featured in the book. For the first event we are welcoming Cathy Rogers & Vicky Smith who will show a selection of their works followed by an in-person discussion where they will explore mutual interests of stasis, contact, tactility in filmmaking as well as attentiveness to the film stream as object.

At the moment this event is planned to take place in person at LUX but should the situation with the pandemic worsen then it will be moved online. 

Cathy Rogers creates moving and static works using 8 and 16mm film. Her early edited in-camera super 8 films used the focal length of the lens to break down the distance between subject and camera exploring architectural structures, their static forms made into moving spatial representations.  Later works include super 8mm pinhole and 16mm camera-less films of moving trains, empty spaces and voids, 3-dimensional objects such as garden plants and recently a radiator.  The works are shown as installations, photographic objects and in programmed screenings.

Once a painter, Vicky Smith went on to export processes of gesture, trace and action to cinema. After 10 years of making animated painted images of the body, she turned her practice toward direct and more immediate mark-making. These camera-less works were conceived variously as 'contact', ‘full body’ and ‘physical’ films. Now Vicky is exploring the potential of live action film to continue to engage aspects of tactility and proximity. Common to all of these works, filmic materiality is equated with the sensitive and fragile body. 

Films showing will include:

Rosemary, Again and Again, Cathy Rogers

Radiator, Cathy Rogers

Not(a)part, Vicky Smith

Re:exposure, Vicky Smith

Film Talks Live: Cathy Rogers & Vicky Smith
Film Talks Live: Cathy Rogers & Vicky Smith

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