Beyond Words: Talk and book signing, Phil Bergerson: American Artifacts

Thursday, 24 April 2014 6.30pm

Beyond Words is very pleased to welcome Phil Bergerson from Canada who will talk about American Artifacts which has just been published by Black Dog. Bergerson describes his approach as “sifting through the remains of a culture, through the shards of artifacts left behind by a rushing humanity as it made its way through the streets of a tumultuous America”. The book includes text by photographer Nathan Lyons and by Canada’s leading writer Margaret Atwood. The talk will be followed by a book signing.

This event is free but please book a space here.

Please email info@beyondwords.co.uk or call 01620 895985 if you would like more information or if you cannot attend but would like to order a signed copy.


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16mm Sound Workshop with Luigi Allemano

Sunday, 22 June 2014 14.00 - 17.00

As part of the McLaren 2014 Programme - celebrating the centenary of pioneering Scottish artist, filmmaker and musician, Norman McLaren - Stills are delighted to be hosting this exciting workshop.

This 16mm Animated Sound Workshop offers participants the unique opportunity to engage with a rare and idiosyncratic method of making sound through pictures on film, a technique made most famous by acclaimed animator Norman McLaren.

Working with vintage tools and equipment, participants will explore the step-by-step process of generating rhythmic beats and controlling pitch and volume through frame-by-frame mark making and etching on 16mm film.

At the end of the workshop, the individual ‘scratch tracks’ created by participants are spliced together and played back on a 16mm film projector, forming a collaborative ‘animated sound’ composition of several minutes duration. 

Example: https://soundcloud.com/luigiallemano/bagirmi-beat

The workshop is free, but booking is essential. Suitable for ages 16 years upwards.

Book Now  

About Luigi Allemano

Luigi Allemano is a Montreal-based animation filmmaker, composer and sound designer. Allemano's animation, music and sound design appear in more than fifty productions of the National Film Board of Canada, four of which have received Academy Award nominations. Since 2009, Allemano has held full-time faculty appointments at Concordia University's Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema where he lectures on animation filmmaking, analog and digital animation techniques and sound for animation. Allemano's research interests include philosophy of improvisation in visual art and music, methodologies of pre-cinematic animation and contemporary approaches to visual music composition.

This project is part of the McLaren 2014 Programme, www.mclaren2014.com

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Luigi Allemano Optical Sound Workstation

McLaren 2014 - Digital Animation Workshops

Sunday, 8 June 2014 11.00-12.00 and 13.00-14.00

As part of the McLaren 2014 Programme - celebrating the centenary of pioneering Scottish artist, filmmaker and musician, Norman McLaren - Stills are delighted to be hosting a day of digital animation workshops.

Come along and learn more about McLaren's techniques and the fundamentals of animation in this McLaren Digital Animation Workshop.

A professional animation teacher will introduce you to McLaren's practice and help you create your own short animation film, using the McLaren's Workshop iPad App which was developed and created by the National Film Board of Canada. Every film will be uploaded online and accessible on our website and Vimeo channel.

Read more about the McLaren workshops and watch the films created by participants here.

Workshops are free of charge but booking is essential. Please note, there are 2 workshops for different age groups:

Book Now  11.00-12.00  for participants aged 9 - 15yrs (younger children may be accompanied by an adult). 

Book Now  13.00-14.00  for participants aged 16yrs upwards


This project is part of the McLaren 2014 Programme, www.mclaren2014.com

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Photo credit: School Workshop, Milnathort

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Analogue Adventures: Children’s Direct-animation Workshop

Saturday, 7 June 2014 11.00 - 14.00

As part of the McLaren 2014 programme - celebrating the centenary of pioneering Scottish artist, filmmaker and musician, Norman McLaren - Stills are delighted to host this exciting analogue workshop in partnership with Screen Bandita.

Film lovers aged 7-11 are invited to join Screen Bandita for a playful and inventive direct-animation workshop.

Get creative making wonderful abstract animations on 16mm celluloid filmstrips! This hands-on workshop will demonstrate techniques to draw, paint, etch and collage directly onto the celluloid in order to create a mesmerising, moving image experience. We will then project the film so you can see your creations come to life on screen!

A rare chance for young participants to play with vintage film technology and to create their own stories through the combination of imagination, celluloid film and music.

Screen Bandita
Screen Bandita are the Edinburgh and Melbourne-based collective of Lydia Beilby and Leanora Olmi. They create performative, live-cinema works using archival, found 8mm and 16mm film, slides and photographic source material.
 Through the exploration of the forgotten and obsolete elements of photochemical film, the analogue projection medium and visual culture, Screen Bandita make elemental links with the past, while creating new, participatory pieces very much rooted in the present. Within their work they aim to foreground the notion of archives as vibrant, living entities to be constantly reinvigorated, reinterpreted, reinvented and debated.
Screen Bandita are delighted to host an ongoing series of workshops specially formulated for primary school children. The mobile ‘Bandita Cinema’ shares with our young audience the wonder of moving image through a series of hands-on demonstrations and conversations focusing on 8mm and 16mm film, slides and photographs.
Free but ticketed:
Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200

This project is part of the McLaren 2014 Programme, www.mclaren2014.com

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