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The BFI's national film archive provides the primary context for The film document and its veracity. A practice-based and written analysis, this artist-filmmaking research project engages with and questions the existing language, grammar and truth-making of archival films.
See full project abstract (2018) at
Full project abstract will be updated with the re-opening of the British Film Institute (Autumn 2020).
Working as a an artist, filmmaker and now as a researcher has taught me to recognise my writing as a creative practice, putting words where pictures are sought, and achieving images which speak to writing. This close creative attention to writing as an act of captioning, embedding, mark-making and envisioning, enters my filmmaking at numerous levels, behind the screen, through collaboration, through documenting the act of reading on-screen and in other notions of creating writing through gesture, and through experimentation. This practice has evolved through a grounding in printmaking and drawing, and made most apparent in a film called ‘Catalogue' (2014) working with artist and concrete poet Jennifer Pike (1919-2016). Since then I have worked both alone on written and film projects and in consultation with poets, artists, filmmakers, archivists. My work has been shown widely in the UK as well as internationally. My films are distributed by LUX Artists' Moving Image.
Recent selected publications:
2020 ' Swollen Feet, False Sun' (PhD practice-based research featured), in Art Licks magazine, Issue 25
2019 ‘Mapping Catalogue – A Film', in Verbi-Voco-Visual (Tinted Window magazine) Issue 02
2016 Outside Noise, Ed. Holly Antrum & Jonathan P Watts (second edition), Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh
2015 The London Open 2015, text by Daniel F. Herrmann, Whitechapel Gallery, London (exhibition catalogue)
2014 Outside Noise, Holly Antrum, Jonathan P Watts & George Vasey, Grand Union, Birmingham
2013 Flatness, curatorial project by Shama Khanna, editioned publication and website
2019 Contributor, co-presenter and co-researcher: '(Edges of) a close/d screening' - public reading group presentation in We Are Publication (CARC artist research-led exhibition), Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, London
2015 Presenter: 'Catalogue' (introduction and film screening): Symposium, 'Make Perhaps Sense Out of This Can You', Chelsea College of Arts, Univeristy of the Arts London, 2015. Organised by Cobbing, William and Cooper, Rosie and Grandal Montero, Gustavo and Toop, David.