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MOVE – A Pop Up Audiovisual Experience

With the first week of the Glasgow Film Festival in full swing ArtMag took the opportunity to take in one of the GFF’s more interesting and ambitious events. MOVE, a project presented by Masters students from the University of Edinburgh’s Film, Exhibition and Curation course, was a collection of rarely seen and captivating short films from the independent cinema scene and from the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive. All the films on show centred around a central theme of movement and travel, with a scope encompassing train journeys, dance, freedom of movement and musical improvisation.

The event was opened with an enthralling stop-motion piece, Painted Eightsome from Margaret Tait, the first of two that were shown as part of the programme. Hand-painted and powerful, simple figures dance their way through a traditional Scottish reel. This set the tone for the rest of the evening, that we could expect anything and everything to come.

The accompaniment to several of these films was performed by the accomplished SINK group from Edinburgh. Semi-composed and semi-improvised, SINK’s music was the perfect addition to an outstanding audio-visual event. The programme, with highlights including Oxymoron, an enthralling breakdancing choreography from Germany, Train of Thought, a British stop-motion piece dealing with travel and isolation and Orgestiulanismus, an outstanding Belgian animation confronting early onset MS and the sudden loss of freedom it brings.

The programme hangs together brilliantly, with the explored themes coming across adeptly without being in-your-face, the whole night in the unique Joytown Grand Electric Theatre venue was excellent. The atmosphere of the place was fantastic, with special mention to the “silent cinema” erected in the back of the Theatre, the perfect place to relax both during and after a full on evening of excellent films.

MOVE was certainly a standout of the GFF so far, being well discussed on Twitter and getting a special mention on the GFF highlights newsletter. The night was definitely a special occasion and we heartily recommend attending as much of the remaining Glasgow Film Festival events as possible!

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