Experimenta Presents: Cross-generation Dialogue: The Margaret Tait Award
+ Q&A with directors Kate Davis, Sarah Forrest and Duncan Marquiss
We showcase contemporary voices reflecting Margaret Tait’s practice.
Total runtime 120min
Supported by Glasgow Film Festival, LUX Scotland and Creative Scotland, the Margaret Tait Award was founded in 2010 to support experimental and innovative artists working with film and the moving image. In this programme, we present the eclectic and fascinating works produced by previous winners (2015-2017) Duncan Marquiss, Kate Davis and Sarah Forrest – each reflecting Tait’s personal, individual approach, and the strength and dynamism of artist filmmaking in Scotland right now.
2017. Dir Sarah Forrest. 22min
Working across film, installation, text and sound, Sarah Forrest’s practice weaves together elements of theory, fiction and philosophy to produce narrative-driven works that playfully explore perceptions both by and of the self. April draws from her research into second sight (An da shealladh, literally translated from Gaelic, means ’the two sights’), a prophetic phenomenon particular to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. To this subject, she brings questions pertinent to her wider creative practice that consider appearance, perception, doubt and belief. Set on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland, the film performs through its cyclical structure and narrative slippages the sensation of being uncertain of what has been seen or heard.
2016. Dir Kate Davis. 16min
Inspired by the ways in which the work of filmmaker, poet and artist Margaret Tait (1918 - 1999) invites us to contemplate fundamental emotions and everyday activities that are often overlooked, Charity takes artistic representations of breastfeeding as its focus. The film explores how the essential - but largely invisible and unpaid - processes we employ to care for others could be reimagined.
Evolutionary Jerks and Gradualist Creeps
2015. Dir Duncan Marquiss. 38min
Two evolutionary biologists, Niles Eldredge and Armand Marie Leroi consider the analogies and differences between the cultural and the biological realms, comparing the history of life within the fossil record with the evolution of pop music. Marquiss draws on Eldredge’s pattern of evolution (Punctuated Equilibria) as a cue for image-making processes and editing structures to transpose scientific enquiry into cultural production.
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