Extraordinary, exciting and boundary-pushing artistic work needs time and space to develop and evolve. It doesn't appear in a vacuum, it comes from dialogue, collaboration and experimentation.
Connect/Exchange is a UK national exchange project for artists with a moving image / digital / screen-based practice. It tests a variety of exchange/research/networking models through residencies and visits, whilst simultaneously running an events programme of workshops, screenings and talks. This is a pilot version, with the intention that the project can be up-scaled to benefit larger numbers of artists and involve further organisations in subsequent years.
The Scheme is currently in its second phase in which Northern Film & Media are working in partnership with Stills, Edinburgh to host an intensive week of initial research and development residencies. In addition, artists will be supported to expand professional networks through a series of gallery visits and studio crits.The Scotland – North East strand will expand on the current programme to enable cross-border networking between Scottish and NE-based artists.
The following four artists (two Scotland-based, two North East based) were selected to take part in the programme:
Toby Phips Lloyd will undertake research for a new Film Noir project currently titled, Is Toby Lloyd a Zombie? The work involves Lloyd playing a detective investigating an artist called Toby Lloyd, who is suspected of attempting to take control of other people via astral projection.
Leah Millar intends to frame and create animated footage of tower blocks using analogue ‘home made’ cameraless film techniques, in combination with sound recordings she has been making with residents of social housing schemes.
Aideen Doran will use footage gathered from a recent residency in Dhaka, Bangladesh to develop her on-going research into the subtle shifts between production and non-production in the information economy and the rhythms of labour it produces.
Tom Walker’s practice is primarily focused on documentary film making as a means of depicting differing modes of organisation and performance at work within given sub-cultures. For Connect/Exchange he will research approaches to gay culture, examining political and aesthetic responses in both times of crisis and celebration.
Connect/Exchange is a Northern Film & Media initiative. This call is in partnership with Stills and is supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts, Creative Scotland through Creative Futures, The European Regional Development Fund, and a-n The Artists Information Company.