MOVING IMAGES CARAVAN / CIVIC SPACE
SATURDAY 29 – SUNDAY 30 APRIL
11:00 – 16:00 / 30′
by Kerry Jones
Following its first outing at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival’s twelfth edition, mobile cine-caravan Moving Images returns this year with What Lies in Front of Us, a programme of three short films exploring the visible and invisible, the spoken and unspoken, in ancient, mutually supportive ecologies.
Nick Jordan’s The Entangled Forest is an audiovisual meditation on fruiting fungi, moss and trees in ancient forests and urban woodland habitats. The soundtrack of folk instruments, woodwind and analogue synths by Otis Jordan and Lord Mongo mesh with the voice of renowned ecologist Suzanne Simard’s observations on forest and fungal communities, mycelium networks, biological neural networks, and the wood wide web.
In Conversations with Ogham, staves hand-carved with characters from the ancient ogham alphabet act as prompts for a film responding to a collaborative exhibition by the Scottish Borders-based artistic group Moving Image Makers Collective, which took place on the outskirts of Hawick in 2021. Each of the medieval letters that appears here represents a sound and name of a tree; edited together, the effect is a visual and sonic conversation between a forest’s trees, fauna and spirits.
Caroline Vitzthum uses film, thermography and sound in Endling to explore the cultivation and ancient symbolism of flax. Developed during the flowering stage, Endling represents a particular point within the growing cycle and is concerned with the wider ecological impact of flax and its interconnectedness with the insect world. Vitzthum presents us with singular, macro images of flax, insects and sounds belonging to a world that is almost invisible to human vision – and yet crucial to our existence.
‘Moving Images’ is a solar-powered cinema inside a converted 1980s caravan. Hosting a touring programme of experimental film, artists’ moving image, social and environmental justice films and filmmaking workshops, the caravan was initiated with support from Alchemy Film & Arts as part of ‘The Teviot, the Flag and the Rich, Rich Soil’ – our programme of residencies and community engagement exploring the borders, boundaries and lines of Hawick and the Scottish Borders.
THE ENTANGLED FOREST
17’10 – UK – 2023
CONVERSATIONS WITH OGHAM
Moving Image Makers Collective
4’23 – Scotland – 2022
8’44 – UK – 2021