Modern Edinburgh Film School /Mairi Lafferty for Ripples on the Pond

Still from 'LOVE' (2013) Mairi Lafferty
Still from ‘LOVE’ (2013) Mairi Lafferty

Modern Edinburgh Film School presents:
Mairi Lafferty
Thu 17 September 2015

At CCA Glasgow (PLEASE NOTE this  event is not at GoMA)
5pm, Free but ticketed, Theatre
All ages
Book online / 0141 352 4900

Modern Edinburgh Film School presents a double-screen installation and discussion on the video, performance and drawing practice of Edinburgh-based artist Mairi Lafferty and will reflect on her recent residency to make a new black and white 16mm film Droste at in London. This event, which includes the guest speakers Dr Glyn Davis from Edinburgh College of Art and visual artist Suzanne van der Lingen discussing her relationship to cinema and fiction, forms a part of the exhibition Ripples on the Pond and its sister-essay A Poetic Measurement, designed as a conversation between works on paper and moving image by women artists.

‘Her work is about lived experiences, the subconscious, catharsis and change alongside a study in cinema techniques particularly from the films of Stanley Kubrick and Peter Greenaway immerses Lafferty’s work in the mind’s, and cinema’s, intangibility. Her work discusses the physics of dreams offering an aperture into the subconscious and the world’s inability to sustain dreaming’s haphazard materiality and dispersed timescales. Their properties are hypnotic, dangerous and unpredictable.’

Ripples on the Pond is an exhibition which has at its core works from the Glasgow Museums’ Collection. It takes as the starting point recent acquisitions from Glasgow Women’s Library’s 21 Revolutions series, relating them to other works in the collection and sparking questions about gender, themes and media choice in relation to women’s practice and visibility. The exhibition is a conversation between the works in the collection on paper and moving image with invitations to Modern Edinburgh Film School and LUX Scotland to programme artists’ screenings, within and beyond the gallery space.

Suzanne van der Lingen explores themes of repetition, authenticity and mortality in ‘How to Fake Your Own Death’ through the use of autobiographical fiction and footnotes. Originally published as an essay, the text has evolved into a video work, making narrative use of disjointed parallels between voice-over, image and onscreen titles.

Suzanne van der Lingen is an artist and writer based in Edinburgh. Her work has been exhibited at the Joinery, Dublin; the Fleming Collection, London; and Timespan Museum & Arts Centre, Sutherland, amongst others. She has been published in numerous publications including Paper Visual Art, GUP Magazine, Circa, MAP and Occupy Paper, and curated a screening of artist moving image for MAP at Glasgow Film Festival 2015. She was the recipient of the ECA/ESW Graduate Bursary Award 2014, and joined the Embassy Gallery committee in January 2015.

Glyn Davis is Chancellor’s Fellow and Reader in the School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art, at the University of Edinburgh. He is the co-editor, with Gary Needham, of ‘Warhol in Ten Takes’ (BFI, 2013), and the co-author, with Kay Dickinson, Lisa Patti, and Amy Villarejo, of ‘Film Studies: A Global Introduction’ (Routledge, 2015). He is currently writing a book on boredom and cinema. Glyn runs a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the life and career of Andy Warhol, which remains the most successful online arts course in the world.

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