Traces Places Spaces: A Film Retrospective



Greg Pope will present a range of films and videos dating from 1997 to 2016. Although mainly involved in live cinema and sound/projection events, Pope continues to produce single screen work. Here he will show material stretched over 20 years that starts in the poetic documentary tradition, but soon moves into more fractured and conceptual territory. Sequences break down to single frame films and then into atomized film and pure text film, before returning to an extreme examination of the fabric of the pixel image.

11’ | 16 mm | B&W | Mono

1997

Screening format: Super 16mm

Netherlands

Maas Observation

In Maas Observation Karel Doing and Greg Pope demonstrate their fascination in the bizarre landscape of the port of Rotterdam, a stretch of “neo-nature” with little place for humans, where huge machines seem to move around according to a logic of their own. The film begins with images of windmills on the edge of the Maas plain in a montage sequence based on the steady rhythm of the rotating sails. The focus gradually shifts towards activities on the river further upstream. The montage tempo slows down as the mechanical motion gives way to the play of reflections in the water.

9’ | 16 mm | Color - B&W | Mono

1998

Screening format: Super 16mm

Netherlands - United Kingdom

Whirlwind

Whirlwind is collaboration between Bea Haut, Ben Hayman, Karel Doing and Greg Pope. The origins of this film came from documents shot during the preparation and the execution of several collective performances carried out by the British group Loophole and the Dutch artist Karel Doing. Using frame by frame, long exposures and optical effects, these performances were manipulated and intensified. The essence of cinema, writing with light, is portrayed as a hallucination.

4’ | 16 mm | Color | Stereo

2000

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Norway - United Kingdom

Lofoten

Crashing through the Arctic ice and snow—a journey to Joes’ grave, 1934—wrapped up in the chaotic beauty of the church bells of England—white light vision.

10’ | 16 mm | Color | Stereo

2003

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Norway - United Kingdom

Incidence Room

Single frame bursts of material divided into four themes: city, window, mountains and people. A visual punctuation of time coordinated with a soundscape recording.

1’ | Mini DV | Color | Stereo

2001

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Norway - United Kingdom

Moonwalk

A digital haiku, a meditation on the moon, sky, sea and snow.

8’ | 35 mm | Color | Stereo

2007

Screening format: Super 35mm

Norway

Shadow Trap

Shards of emulsion layered and structured onto clear 35 mm.

03’ | 35 mm | Color - B&W | Mono

2010

Screening format: Super 35mm

Norway

Prole Art Threat

Stenciled film using lyrics from the classic The Fall’ss track.

4’ | 35 mm | Color - B&W | Mono

2009

Screening format: Super 35mm

Norway

Shot Film

Film blasted with a shotgun.

3’ | HD | Color | Stereo

2016

Screening format: High-definition digital video

Iceland

Clothes Horse

Extreme close up and slowed image from north Iceland.

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