Every aspect of film is always about more than just film
This is a festival of experimental, artists' film1. It concerns film as a way of thinking2 (about the world). It may end up being: a series of variously interesting, intense, challenging, thoughtful events; a kind of convivial social space.
Arika used to organize INSTAL and Kill Your Timid Notion, two of the UK’s leading experimental music and/ or film festivals. This year we’re replacing them with a kind of expanded festival, in three weekend-long Episodes, spread over 10 weeks. Each episode will be just as long as INSTAL or KYTN was, but it’ll have more room: more space for challenging performances, screenings and events, and for the ideas they propose. Check out the upcoming Episode 2 and Episode 3.
- 1. For expediency's sake, we're just going to be saying 'film', if that's OK, as a kind of shorthand to also include: artists' moving image, art-house cinema, experimental film, video making...etc and so on..and which could easily also be used to describe different parts of the festival.
- 2. Maybe you could say: film is a kind of non-discursive thought, or: film can produce a kind of cognitive experience…
- 3. As well as the film, you’re hereby invited to check out Chris Marker: Memories of the Future by Catherine Lupton, which we were (obviously) skimming and lifting from while thinking about what to write here.
- 4. Unquestionably, it’s more complicated than that; we’re short on space. Read the whole thing.
- 5. Be apprised, we don’t often come up with such well-turned concepts ourselves; that’s a quote from Dmitry Vilensky from Chto Delat?. Here’s the whole essay.