Elsewhere

13th and 14th November
Running from 6-9pm daily

Discover a series of light-based artworks and film installations in Dumfries town centre, created by local artists, inspired by lockdown. A short walking route starting and ending at The Stove, 100 High Street.

Audiences are invited to visit Dumfries town centre to discover a series of temporary artworks and film installations. Elsewhere is a playful investigation into our changed relationship with public space as a result of covid-19.
To begin, head to the Stove café for information about the route and the artworks. The Stove café will be open until 8pm for hot drinks and a tasty vegetable stew, so after you have explored Elsewhere, pop back and warm up. Some of the artists and organisers will be on hand to share further information.
Movement around the artworks is free and unguided, but stewards will be on hand for safety, social distancing and information about the artworks. Each work is no more than six minutes in length, so audiences are encouraged to travel between the works whilst observing social distancing guidelines. There is no sign up required, but a short wait may be required to view some works.

‘The High Street is somewhere we though we knew, and now it’s different, it’s elsewhere.’ Atlas Pandemica

Elsewhere is the conclusion of a four month project, with a series of artworks and film installations in unexpected corners of the town centre over the weekend of 13th and 14th November, 6-9pm on and around Dumfries High Street.
Films will be projected onto windows and walls of spaces in the town centre. The content of the film artworks comes from the Elsewhere team of artists and have all been developed through the period of the pandemic.
Elsewhere is a creative research project led by artists exploring public space during a time when we as a community are learning to live with the effects of covid-19 on our sense of place. Elsewhere takes place between July and November 2020.
The Elsewhere team will be making artworks, in Dumfries town centre, that experiment with new forms of communal experience, gathering and exchange. We want to encourage people to pause whilst out beyond the confines of our homes, and at all times of day, inviting audiences to make tentative steps back into their town centres and high streets.
Elsewhere is a project led by The Stove Network, with support from the Midsteeple Quarter (community-led regeneration project for Dumfries High Street) and is contributing towards The Stove’s Atlas Pandemica project (10 collaborations with different communities that have responded to the pandemic.)

Elsewhere

13th and 14th November
Running from 6-9pm daily

Discover a series of light-based artworks and film installations in Dumfries town centre, created by local artists, inspired by lockdown. A short walking route starting and ending at The Stove, 100 High Street.

Audiences are invited to visit Dumfries town centre to discover a series of temporary artworks and film installations. Elsewhere is a playful investigation into our changed relationship with public space as a result of covid-19.
To begin, head to the Stove café for information about the route and the artworks. The Stove café will be open until 8pm for hot drinks and a tasty vegetable stew, so after you have explored Elsewhere, pop back and warm up. Some of the artists and organisers will be on hand to share further information.
Movement around the artworks is free and unguided, but stewards will be on hand for safety, social distancing and information about the artworks. Each work is no more than six minutes in length, so audiences are encouraged to travel between the works whilst observing social distancing guidelines. There is no sign up required, but a short wait may be required to view some works.

‘The High Street is somewhere we though we knew, and now it’s different, it’s elsewhere.’ Atlas Pandemica

Elsewhere is the conclusion of a four month project, with a series of artworks and film installations in unexpected corners of the town centre over the weekend of 13th and 14th November, 6-9pm on and around Dumfries High Street.
Films will be projected onto windows and walls of spaces in the town centre. The content of the film artworks comes from the Elsewhere team of artists and have all been developed through the period of the pandemic.

Elsewhere is a creative research project led by artists exploring public space during a time when we as a community are learning to live with the effects of covid-19 on our sense of place. Elsewhere takes place between July and November 2020.
The Elsewhere team will be making artworks, in Dumfries town centre, that experiment with new forms of communal experience, gathering and exchange. We want to encourage people to pause whilst out beyond the confines of our homes, and at all times of day, inviting audiences to make tentative steps back into their town centres and high streets.
Elsewhere is a project led by The Stove Network, with support from the Midsteeple Quarter (community-led regeneration project for Dumfries High Street) and is contributing towards The Stove’s Atlas Pandemica project (10 collaborations with different communities that have responded to the pandemic.)

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Commission: Filmmaker for Wild Goose Festival in Dumfries

The Stove Network would like to commission a filmmaker to create a series of short films to be used as promotional tools for the next Wild Goose Festival in 2021.

The Wild Goose Festival 2020 is a pilot for a new multi-media festival in Dumfries that uses the migratory route of the Barnacle Geese between Svalbard and the Solway Estuary to join people, nature and ideas across Scotland and the Arctic.
The festival will feature arts events, literature / storytelling for children and events connecting people to the natural world. There are some indoor events, but much of the Wild Goose Festival takes place outdoors.

The Wild Goose Festival is part of a very strong collaborative approach with experienced partners who are already successful in D+G tourism industry. Through the active partnership with NatureScot, WWT Caerlaverock, The Stove Network, Moat Brae National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling and PAMIS. there are extensive opportunities for visitors to connect throughThe Wild Goose Festival, with the wider tourism offer in the natural and cultural environment of Dumfries and Galloway.
Wild Goose Festival is a local community festival, with high quality content and production values. It aims to attract a diverse audience with a particular emphasis on families (it takes place during the school holidays). Events have been programmed with COVID restrictions very much in mind – we therefore have very limited audience numbers particularly for the indoor events.

The inaugural festival takes place in Dumfries between 9th and 16thOctober 2020 the successful contractor will agree a concept and filming/interview schedule with the project team and film at agreed events during the festival.

Final edits will be agreed with the commissioner and the outputs will be:

  • a film of approx. 6 minutes duration giving a flavour of the whole festival
  • A short edit of the overall film, of max 2 minutes for social media
  • A specific short edit (approx. 3 mins) of the Norway Network elements of the festival
  • Static filming of storytelling event with signed BSL interpretation for the Deaf/ deaf community.

The programme for the 2020 festival can be viewed here

It is not expected that the filmmaker will cover all of the programme. At the commencement of the commission we anticipate a detailed creative briefing session with the filmmaker to explain the different events in the festival and together agree a concept for the film and a representative selection of events to film from the programme.

The total available budget for the commission is £1500. This is to be inclusive of all expenses involved in carrying out the commission and VAT.

To apply for the commission please send the following to graham@thestove.org:

  • Links to up to three relevant examples of past work
  • Current CV

Deadline for applications – 5pm. Monday  21st September 2020.

Reel to Real Cinema At Home: Colonial Monuments Shorts

Friday, 14th August 2020 / Watch live from 8pm

Discussion on Crowdcast 9.30pm-10pm

 
This month, we are bringing you a series of four short films that we have sourced online exploring broadly the theme of Colonial Monuments. Public art and memorial sculpture entered the conversation internationally last month when across Europe and America, statues became one of the focuses for attention during Black Lives Matter protests, notably when the statue of Edward Colston was pulled from it’s plinth in Bristol and deposited in the docks by activists.
Through these four films sourced online, we’d like to explore how these colonial monuments exist as representations of political power and cultural authority from the streets of Limerick, Ireland to Mechelen, Belgium and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cacheu in Guinea Bissau. This is a global story and we look forward to sharing conversations with you about the past, present and future of the monument in public art.

About Reel to Real Cinema At Home

As we look to explore how we can use collective film watching at home as a means to gather, share ideas and connect we’ve been delving through the vastness of the internet to source interesting and relevant stories for now, on film. Reel to Real continues to share a film and discussion evening on the second Friday of the month online, until we are able to return safely to our High Street home in The Stove, Dumfries.

How to Watch

The film will be made available here, on this page at 8pm on Friday, 14th August – please just re-fresh the page at the time and it will appear.
We’d also love if you could stay for a discussion about the film, and some of the important themes arising from it, which will take place using Crowdcast also on this page, at 9.30pm on Friday, 4th August.  Please register in advance by clicking here.
There will be a live chat in the run up to and during the film, so let us know that you are watching and any questions you have!
For more information contact katie@thestove.org.
 

About This Months Films

 
A History of Stone, Origin and Myth                               22 minutes
Tom Flanagan and Megs Morley
A non-narrative film essay draws unlikely connections between the creations of monuments, the material of stone and the creation of memory and power. These monuments exist as public representations of political power and cultural authority, providing visual allegories of the attempt to carve collective memory into certain histories, often through the forgetting or erasing of other histories.
Cacheu (2012)                                                                     10 minutes
Directed by Filipa César
A science fiction lecture looking back at four colonial sculptures which are stored at the Fortress of Cacheu, one of the first bastions constructed by the Portuguese in 1588 in order to facilitate the slave trade in the West African country of Guinea Bissau.
Échangeur                                                                             33 minutes
Anne Reijniers & Rob Jacobs
In the streets of the metropolis of Kinshasa, young Congolese imagine their version of the colonial past. Around an empty pedestal that once carried a Belgian monument emerges an imaginary city where archival footage, performances and present-day Kinshasa interact.
(Pas) Mon Pays (Not) My Country                                   9.50 minutes
Bie Michels
A short fillm in two parts – the first of a colonial monument in Mechelen, Antwerp and Michel’s efforts to decolonise this statue with a group of Belgian citizens with Congolese roots, and the second sharing the artist’s visit to Congo based on her personal history. The film is an attempot to let the past encounter the present and see further into the future of the postcolonial situation in both Congo and Mechelen.
 

The Film

The film links will appear here at 8pm on Friday, 14th August – please re-fresh your page at this time to view.

Reel to Real Cinema At Home: Colonial Monuments Shorts

Friday, 14th August 2020 / Watch live from 8pm

Discussion on Crowdcast 9.30pm-10pm

 
This month, we are bringing you a series of four short films that we have sourced online exploring broadly the theme of Colonial Monuments. Public art and memorial sculpture entered the conversation internationally last month when across Europe and America, statues became one of the focuses for attention during Black Lives Matter protests, notably when the statue of Edward Colston was pulled from it’s plinth in Bristol and deposited in the docks by activists.
Through these four films sourced online, we’d like to explore how these colonial monuments exist as representations of political power and cultural authority from the streets of Limerick, Ireland to Mechelen, Belgium and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cacheu in Guinea Bissau. This is a global story and we look forward to sharing conversations with you about the past, present and future of the monument in public art.

About Reel to Real Cinema At Home

As we look to explore how we can use collective film watching at home as a means to gather, share ideas and connect we’ve been delving through the vastness of the internet to source interesting and relevant stories for now, on film. Reel to Real continues to share a film and discussion evening on the second Friday of the month online, until we are able to return safely to our High Street home in The Stove, Dumfries.

How to Watch

The film will be made available here, on this page at 8pm on Friday, 14th August – please just re-fresh the page at the time and it will appear.
We’d also love if you could stay for a discussion about the film, and some of the important themes arising from it, which will take place using Crowdcast also on this page, at 9.30pm on Friday, 4th August.  Please register in advance by clicking here.
There will be a live chat in the run up to and during the film, so let us know that you are watching and any questions you have!
For more information contact katie@thestove.org.
 

About This Months Films

 
A History of Stone, Origin and Myth                               22 minutes
Tom Flanagan and Megs Morley
A non-narrative film essay draws unlikely connections between the creations of monuments, the material of stone and the creation of memory and power. These monuments exist as public representations of political power and cultural authority, providing visual allegories of the attempt to carve collective memory into certain histories, often through the forgetting or erasing of other histories.
Cacheu (2012)                                                                     10 minutes
Directed by Filipa César
A science fiction lecture looking back at four colonial sculptures which are stored at the Fortress of Cacheu, one of the first bastions constructed by the Portuguese in 1588 in order to facilitate the slave trade in the West African country of Guinea Bissau.
Échangeur                                                                             33 minutes
Anne Reijniers & Rob Jacobs
In the streets of the metropolis of Kinshasa, young Congolese imagine their version of the colonial past. Around an empty pedestal that once carried a Belgian monument emerges an imaginary city where archival footage, performances and present-day Kinshasa interact.
(Pas) Mon Pays  (Not) My Country                                     9.50 minutes
Bie Michels
A short fillm in two parts – the first of a colonial monument in Mechelen, Antwerp and Michel’s efforts to decolonise this statue with a group of Belgian citizens with Congolese roots, and the second sharing the artist’s visit to Congo based on her personal history. The film is an attempt to let the past encounter the present and see further into the future of the postcolonial situation in both Congo and Mechelen.

The Film

The film links will appear here at 8pm on Friday, 14th August – please re-fresh your page at this time to view.

The Discussion

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Reel to Real Cinema At Home: Colonial Monuments Shorts

Friday, 14th August 2020 / Watch live from 8pm

Discussion on Crowdcast 9.30pm-10pm

This month, we are bringing you a series of four short films that we have sourced online exploring broadly the theme of Colonial Monuments. Public art and memorial sculpture entered the conversation internationally last month when across Europe and America, statues became one of the focuses for attention during Black Lives Matter protests, notably when the statue of Edward Colston was pulled from it’s plinth in Bristol and deposited in the docks by activists.
Through these four films sourced online, we’d like to explore how these colonial monuments exist as representations of political power and cultural authority from the streets of Limerick, Ireland to Mechelen, Belgium and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cacheu in Guinea Bissau. This is a global story and we look forward to sharing conversations with you about the past, present and future of the monument in public art.

About Reel to Real Cinema At Home

As we look to explore how we can use collective film watching at home as a means to gather, share ideas and connect we’ve been delving through the vastness of the internet to source interesting and relevant stories for now, on film. Reel to Real continues to share a film and discussion evening on the second Friday of the month online, until we are able to return safely to our High Street home in The Stove, Dumfries.

How to Watch

The film will be made available here, on this page at 8pm on Friday, 14th August – please just re-fresh the page at the time and it will appear.
We’d also love if you could stay for a discussion about the film, and some of the important themes arising from it, which will take place using Crowdcast also on this page, at 9.30pm on Friday, 4th August.  Please register in advance by clicking here.
There will be a live chat in the run up to and during the film, so let us know that you are watching and any questions you have!
For more information contact katie@thestove.org.
 

About This Months Films

 
A History of Stone, Origin and Myth                               22 minutes
Tom Flanagan and Megs Morley
A non-narrative film essay draws unlikely connections between the creations of monuments, the material of stone and the creation of memory and power. These monuments exist as public representations of political power and cultural authority, providing visual allegories of the attempt to carve collective memory into certain histories, often through the forgetting or erasing of other histories.
Cacheu (2012)                                                                     10 minutes
Directed by Filipa César
A science fiction lecture looking back at four colonial sculptures which are stored at the Fortress of Cacheu, one of the first bastions constructed by the Portuguese in 1588 in order to facilitate the slave trade in the West African country of Guinea Bissau.
Échangeur                                                                             33 minutes
Anne Reijniers & Rob Jacobs
In the streets of the metropolis of Kinshasa, young Congolese imagine their version of the colonial past. Around an empty pedestal that once carried a Belgian monument emerges an imaginary city where archival footage, performances and present-day Kinshasa interact.
(Pas) Mon Pays  (Not) My Country                                     9.50 minutes
Bie Michels
A short fillm in two parts – the first of a colonial monument in Mechelen, Antwerp and Michel’s efforts to decolonise this statue with a group of Belgian citizens with Congolese roots, and the second sharing the artist’s visit to Congo based on her personal history. The film is an attempt to let the past encounter the present and see further into the future of the postcolonial situation in both Congo and Mechelen.

The Films

This months films will be available for one month once they have gone live.
 

The Discussion

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Reel to Real Cinema At Home: Colonial Monuments Shorts

Friday, 14th August 2020 / Watch live from 8pm

Discussion on Crowdcast 9.30pm-10pm

This month, we are bringing you a series of four short films that we have sourced online exploring broadly the theme of Colonial Monuments. Public art and memorial sculpture entered the conversation internationally last month when across Europe and America, statues became one of the focuses for attention during Black Lives Matter protests, notably when the statue of Edward Colston was pulled from it’s plinth in Bristol and deposited in the docks by activists.
Through these four films sourced online, we’d like to explore how these colonial monuments exist as representations of political power and cultural authority from the streets of Limerick, Ireland to Mechelen, Belgium and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cacheu in Guinea Bissau. This is a global story and we look forward to sharing conversations with you about the past, present and future of the monument in public art.

About Reel to Real Cinema At Home

As we look to explore how we can use collective film watching at home as a means to gather, share ideas and connect we’ve been delving through the vastness of the internet to source interesting and relevant stories for now, on film. Reel to Real continues to share a film and discussion evening on the second Friday of the month online, until we are able to return safely to our High Street home in The Stove, Dumfries.

How to Watch

The film will be made available here, on this page at 8pm on Friday, 14th August – please just re-fresh the page at the time and it will appear.
We’d also love if you could stay for a discussion about the film, and some of the important themes arising from it, which will take place using Crowdcast also on this page, at 9.30pm on Friday, 4th August.  Please register in advance by clicking here.
There will be a live chat in the run up to and during the film, so let us know that you are watching and any questions you have!
For more information contact katie@thestove.org.
 

About This Months Films

 
A History of Stone, Origin and Myth                               22 minutes
Tom Flanagan and Megs Morley
A non-narrative film essay draws unlikely connections between the creations of monuments, the material of stone and the creation of memory and power. These monuments exist as public representations of political power and cultural authority, providing visual allegories of the attempt to carve collective memory into certain histories, often through the forgetting or erasing of other histories.
Cacheu (2012)                                                                     10 minutes
Directed by Filipa César
A science fiction lecture looking back at four colonial sculptures which are stored at the Fortress of Cacheu, one of the first bastions constructed by the Portuguese in 1588 in order to facilitate the slave trade in the West African country of Guinea Bissau.
Échangeur                                                                             33 minutes
Anne Reijniers & Rob Jacobs
In the streets of the metropolis of Kinshasa, young Congolese imagine their version of the colonial past. Around an empty pedestal that once carried a Belgian monument emerges an imaginary city where archival footage, performances and present-day Kinshasa interact.
(Pas) Mon Pays  (Not) My Country                                     9.50 minutes
Bie Michels
A short fillm in two parts – the first of a colonial monument in Mechelen, Antwerp and Michel’s efforts to decolonise this statue with a group of Belgian citizens with Congolese roots, and the second sharing the artist’s visit to Congo based on her personal history. The film is an attempt to let the past encounter the present and see further into the future of the postcolonial situation in both Congo and Mechelen.

The Films

This months films will be available for one month once they have gone live.
 

The Discussion

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Reel to Real Cinema At Home: Colonial Monuments Shorts

Friday, 14th August 2020 / Watch live from 8pm

Discussion on Crowdcast 9.30pm-10pm

This month, we are bringing you a series of four short films that we have sourced online exploring broadly the theme of Colonial Monuments. Public art and memorial sculpture entered the conversation internationally last month when across Europe and America, statues became one of the focuses for attention during Black Lives Matter protests, notably when the statue of Edward Colston was pulled from it’s plinth in Bristol and deposited in the docks by activists.
Through these four films sourced online, we’d like to explore how these colonial monuments exist as representations of political power and cultural authority from the streets of Limerick, Ireland to Mechelen, Belgium and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cacheu in Guinea Bissau. This is a global story and we look forward to sharing conversations with you about the past, present and future of the monument in public art.

About Reel to Real Cinema At Home

As we look to explore how we can use collective film watching at home as a means to gather, share ideas and connect we’ve been delving through the vastness of the internet to source interesting and relevant stories for now, on film. Reel to Real continues to share a film and discussion evening on the second Friday of the month online, until we are able to return safely to our High Street home in The Stove, Dumfries.

How to Watch

The film will be made available here, on this page at 8pm on Friday, 14th August – please just re-fresh the page at the time and it will appear.
We’d also love if you could stay for a discussion about the film, and some of the important themes arising from it, which will take place using Crowdcast also on this page, at 9.30pm on Friday, 4th August.  Please register in advance by clicking here.
There will be a live chat in the run up to and during the film, so let us know that you are watching and any questions you have!
For more information contact katie@thestove.org.
 

About This Months Films

 
A History of Stone, Origin and Myth                               22 minutes
Tom Flanagan and Megs Morley
A non-narrative film essay draws unlikely connections between the creations of monuments, the material of stone and the creation of memory and power. These monuments exist as public representations of political power and cultural authority, providing visual allegories of the attempt to carve collective memory into certain histories, often through the forgetting or erasing of other histories.
Cacheu (2012)                                                                     10 minutes
Directed by Filipa César
A science fiction lecture looking back at four colonial sculptures which are stored at the Fortress of Cacheu, one of the first bastions constructed by the Portuguese in 1588 in order to facilitate the slave trade in the West African country of Guinea Bissau.
Échangeur                                                                             33 minutes
Anne Reijniers & Rob Jacobs
In the streets of the metropolis of Kinshasa, young Congolese imagine their version of the colonial past. Around an empty pedestal that once carried a Belgian monument emerges an imaginary city where archival footage, performances and present-day Kinshasa interact.
(Pas) Mon Pays  (Not) My Country                                     9.50 minutes
Bie Michels
A short fillm in two parts – the first of a colonial monument in Mechelen, Antwerp and Michel’s efforts to decolonise this statue with a group of Belgian citizens with Congolese roots, and the second sharing the artist’s visit to Congo based on her personal history. The film is an attempt to let the past encounter the present and see further into the future of the postcolonial situation in both Congo and Mechelen.

The Films

This months films will be available for one month once they have gone live.
 

The Discussion

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Reel to Real Cinema At Home: Colonial Monuments Shorts

Friday, 14th August 2020 / Watch live from 8pm

Discussion on Crowdcast 9.30pm-10pm

This month, we are bringing you a series of four short films that we have sourced online exploring broadly the theme of Colonial Monuments. Public art and memorial sculpture entered the conversation internationally last month when across Europe and America, statues became one of the focuses for attention during Black Lives Matter protests, notably when the statue of Edward Colston was pulled from it’s plinth in Bristol and deposited in the docks by activists.
Through these four films sourced online, we’d like to explore how these colonial monuments exist as representations of political power and cultural authority from the streets of Limerick, Ireland to Mechelen, Belgium and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cacheu in Guinea Bissau. This is a global story and we look forward to sharing conversations with you about the past, present and future of the monument in public art.

About Reel to Real Cinema At Home

As we look to explore how we can use collective film watching at home as a means to gather, share ideas and connect we’ve been delving through the vastness of the internet to source interesting and relevant stories for now, on film. Reel to Real continues to share a film and discussion evening on the second Friday of the month online, until we are able to return safely to our High Street home in The Stove, Dumfries.

How to Watch

The film will be made available here, on this page at 8pm on Friday, 14th August – please just re-fresh the page at the time and it will appear.
We’d also love if you could stay for a discussion about the film, and some of the important themes arising from it, which will take place using Crowdcast also on this page, at 9.30pm on Friday, 4th August.  Please register in advance by clicking here.
There will be a live chat in the run up to and during the film, so let us know that you are watching and any questions you have!
For more information contact katie@thestove.org.
 

About This Months Films

 
A History of Stone, Origin and Myth                               22 minutes
Tom Flanagan and Megs Morley
A non-narrative film essay draws unlikely connections between the creations of monuments, the material of stone and the creation of memory and power. These monuments exist as public representations of political power and cultural authority, providing visual allegories of the attempt to carve collective memory into certain histories, often through the forgetting or erasing of other histories.
Cacheu (2012)                                                                     10 minutes
Directed by Filipa César
A science fiction lecture looking back at four colonial sculptures which are stored at the Fortress of Cacheu, one of the first bastions constructed by the Portuguese in 1588 in order to facilitate the slave trade in the West African country of Guinea Bissau.
Échangeur                                                                             33 minutes
Anne Reijniers & Rob Jacobs
In the streets of the metropolis of Kinshasa, young Congolese imagine their version of the colonial past. Around an empty pedestal that once carried a Belgian monument emerges an imaginary city where archival footage, performances and present-day Kinshasa interact.
(Pas) Mon Pays  (Not) My Country                                     9.50 minutes
Bie Michels
A short fillm in two parts – the first of a colonial monument in Mechelen, Antwerp and Michel’s efforts to decolonise this statue with a group of Belgian citizens with Congolese roots, and the second sharing the artist’s visit to Congo based on her personal history. The film is an attempt to let the past encounter the present and see further into the future of the postcolonial situation in both Congo and Mechelen.

The Films

This months films will be available for one month once they have gone live.
 

The Discussion

powered by Crowdcast

Reel to Real Cinema At Home: Colonial Monuments Shorts

Friday, 14th August 2020 / Watch live from 8pm

Discussion on Crowdcast 9.30pm-10pm

This month, we are bringing you a series of four short films that we have sourced online exploring broadly the theme of Colonial Monuments. Public art and memorial sculpture entered the conversation internationally last month when across Europe and America, statues became one of the focuses for attention during Black Lives Matter protests, notably when the statue of Edward Colston was pulled from it’s plinth in Bristol and deposited in the docks by activists.

Through these four films sourced online, we’d like to explore how these colonial monuments exist as representations of political power and cultural authority from the streets of Limerick, Ireland to Mechelen, Belgium and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cacheu in Guinea Bissau. This is a global story and we look forward to sharing conversations with you about the past, present and future of the monument in public art.

About Reel to Real Cinema At Home

As we look to explore how we can use collective film watching at home as a means to gather, share ideas and connect we’ve been delving through the vastness of the internet to source interesting and relevant stories for now, on film. Reel to Real continues to share a film and discussion evening on the second Friday of the month online, until we are able to return safely to our High Street home in The Stove, Dumfries.

How to Watch

The film will be made available here, on this page at 8pm on Friday, 14th August – please just re-fresh the page at the time and it will appear.

We’d also love if you could stay for a discussion about the film, and some of the important themes arising from it, which will take place using Crowdcast also on this page, at 9.30pm on Friday, 4th August.  Please register in advance by clicking here.

There will be a live chat in the run up to and during the film, so let us know that you are watching and any questions you have!

For more information contact katie@thestove.org.

 

About This Months Films

 

A History of Stone, Origin and Myth                               22 minutes

Tom Flanagan and Megs Morley

A non-narrative film essay draws unlikely connections between the creations of monuments, the material of stone and the creation of memory and power. These monuments exist as public representations of political power and cultural authority, providing visual allegories of the attempt to carve collective memory into certain histories, often through the forgetting or erasing of other histories.

Cacheu (2012)                                                                     10 minutes

Directed by Filipa César

A science fiction lecture looking back at four colonial sculptures which are stored at the Fortress of Cacheu, one of the first bastions constructed by the Portuguese in 1588 in order to facilitate the slave trade in the West African country of Guinea Bissau.

Échangeur                                                                             33 minutes

Anne Reijniers & Rob Jacobs

In the streets of the metropolis of Kinshasa, young Congolese imagine their version of the colonial past. Around an empty pedestal that once carried a Belgian monument emerges an imaginary city where archival footage, performances and present-day Kinshasa interact.

(Pas) Mon Pays  (Not) My Country                                     9.50 minutes

Bie Michels

A short fillm in two parts – the first of a colonial monument in Mechelen, Antwerp and Michel’s efforts to decolonise this statue with a group of Belgian citizens with Congolese roots, and the second sharing the artist’s visit to Congo based on her personal history. The film is an attempt to let the past encounter the present and see further into the future of the postcolonial situation in both Congo and Mechelen.

The Films

This months films will be available for one month once they have gone live.

 

The Discussion

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