Thursday 13th Session


Dear Class of 263mc the photo above shows me stuck on the A9 in the Highlands. As you can see it is a whiteout and the snow gates closed meaning I had to turn around.
The Lecture I was going to give, which I am sure you will all be sad that I can’t, will be online for tomorrow morning.

Use the day to firm up your ideas for your 1 minute piece so that you can talk to me in detail about it next week. In the workshop sessions I will be helping people unfamiliar with editing and will also spend time showing, those interested, how to begin using Isadora.

If I get back home will be off to the garage to fit a snow plough for next week.


Research Week Thursday 30th January

I want you to use this week to begin to think about the structure of your own 1 minute Experimental piece. (There will be no formal session until the following week)

As set out in session 3 there are two themes that you can chose from:

Time | Memory

During this week I want you to document your initial research for the theme that you will choose. On Thursday 6th February I want you to present your initial ideas these should include:


The short presentation will show your starting points. The remaining weeks of the module will be devoted to the development and changes that you make to your 1 minute piece.

Session 3 Revisiting Things for the Second Time

I have made a pdf of the text and images form last weeks session. Take time to read back through it as the idea of media makers engaged in “Revisiting things for the Second Time” is important for understanding the approach to the experimental in this module.

Session 3 PDF

I refer during the session to a number of examples of work form key filmmakers and other visual artists.

The links to these works are in order below:

Audio by Martha Rossler talking about her Bowery work. She talks interestingly about the forms of Documentary Photography and the inadequate nature of snap shots of people who are portrayed in a way that try’s to extract humanist empathy. Martha Rossler’s work is an attack on Humanist Documentary. It explores that lack of entitlement of the people portrayed by people doing the portraying and looking in a gallery space who are entitled.

Jean Rouch in his work also takes account of the role of the looker and the lookers impact on the looked at. His film collaboration with Edgar Morin and the participants of Chronicle of a Summer was very influential on a range of experimental makers.

Clips from Chronicle of a Summer 1961 Paris.

Filmmakers heavily influenced and who worked and discussed working approaches with Jean Rouch were, amongst many others; Chris Marker, Jean Luc Godard

Clip from Chris Marker’s La Jette and Sunless:

La Jette (Uses mostly still images and montage for narrative)


Jean Luc Godard:

“Dans le Noir du Temps”

Histoire(s) Du Cinema

Thursday January 16th 9.30am

Good to see you all this week. For the beginning of next weeks session we will be in the bigger room of G05 on the ground floor of Ellen Terry. We will all be present each week for the beginning of sessions for viewings and discussion.

Group 1 will then join me in ETB04 at 12 midday until 1.30pm. Then group 2 will join me from 2pm until 3.30pm. These sessions will be used for practical work and reviewing progress on edits etc.

I will then be available until 4pm for any students with particular software problems or additional questions.