LUX Collection Screens Artists’ Videos Online

Kate Robinson, still from 'Moot', Holding the Earth
Kate Robinson, still from 'Moot, Holding the Earth' © Kate Robinson 2019

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Now & Next

From: 1 Jul 2023

To: 31 Jul 2023

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LUX Scotland supports, develops and promotes artists’ moving image practices throughout the country and beyond. Based at the CCA in Glasgow, it provides practical advice and pastoral care through its public, learning and commissioning programmes. 

Originally established in London in 2002, LUX builds on the work of predecessors back to the 1960s such as the London Filmmakers’ Cooperative, London Video Arts and the Lux Centre, inspired by similar moving image organisations in New York. It has worked with many moving image artists, including Mona Hatoum, Luke Fowler, Mark Wallinger, Gillian Wearing, Elizabeth Price and Lucy Skaer, making the Collection – with over 5,000 works – the UK’s largest collection of artists’ films and videos, from the 1930’s to the present day.

Now & Next was a talent development scheme run by LUX Scotland in 2019-22 in partnership with BBC Arts and Screen Scotland. It offered artists working in a wide range of disciplines the opportunity to create short audio and audio-visual commissions. This included not only filmmakers but visual artists, dancers, writers, composers and animators.

The open brief was to create a moving image work of around five minutes long. Some of the completed projects were broadcast by the BBC on public service platforms including BBC iPlayer, BBC TV channels, BBC Arts’ social channels and BBC websites. And now, in 2023, through July, LUX Scotland is screening the works online.

The twenty-eight videos ‘imagine post-apocalyptic futures and animated worlds; contemplate history and environment through narrative journeys and movement; and explore community life, collective activism and accessibility’. 

Be Different Today, for example, by Juliana Capes and Ruth Barrie, describes a sunset for the visually impaired, ‘building a vocabulary to describe the indescribable’. ‘What is blue?’, asks a voice, as the camera pans through an image of the sky. Colour. Nothing. Distance. ‘Falling down through blue… to the bird level… to the cloud level…’

And an upcoming work, You didn’t come from the egg but also not made from soil and water by Alkmini Gkousiari, for instance, playfully combines text, sound and image to explore landscape and myth.

Kate Robinson, still from 'Moot', Everyman Belief Film
Kate Robinson, still from ‘Moot’, © Kate Robinson 2019

Artist Kate Robinson, whose film Moot is one of those beings screened, says of then project, ‘As a sculptor who had rarely worked in film, it was exciting to be commissioned to make Moot. Inspired by archaeology and Govan’s ancient moot hill, I brought young people and community leaders together in a performative event, exploring climate change and protest. It was a great experience to explore what was, for me, a new medium in the context of Lux Scotland’s curatorial support.

While the Now & Next scheme concludes with these July online screenings, LUX Scotland is continues to be a valuable source of moving image works, talks and reflections. 

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