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Vicinity – Photography exhibition opening, Tuesday 1 May

The Vicinity exhibition features work by a selection of third year photography students exploring the notion of ‘place’.

The students look forward to welcoming you to the exhibition.

Opening times:

Tuesday 1 May: 5.30pm – 9.00pm

Wednesday 2 – Saturday 5 May: 12 noon – 7pm





Hayley Burnett

Kirsty Langley Cochrane

Katarzyna Branicka

Daniel Gourley

Mathew Hay

Lewis Nicoletti

Eilidh Sutherland

Sophie Turner

Sponsored by a+m imaging

Hope to see you all there.

Blackthorn – Filmhouse Cinema


Showing Fri 20 Apr to Thu 26 Apr

In Mateo Gil’s intimate and adventurous Western, a reimagined and aged Butch Cassidy (Sam Shepard) is living under the assumed name, James Blackthorn, in a secluded Bolivian village, 20 years after his disappearance (and supposed death) in 1908. Surviving humbly off the land and finding occasional comforts with a local woman, he longs to end his personal exile and return to the US to see his family. Reluctantly joining forces with a Spanish robber (Eduardo Noriega) who promises him a cut of the loot, Blackthorn sets out on one final adventure… and discovers he’s not the only one harbouring a deep secret.

Louis Garrel, Léa Seydoux and Rebecca Zlotowski in London

Louis GARREL, Léa SEYDOUX and Rebecca ZLOTOWSKI will be in London on Tuesday 10 January at Ciné Lumière for the UK Premieres of their films “The Little Tailor” and “Dear Prudence”.

These special screenings announcing the launch of the second edition of (12 Jan – 1 Feb), uniFrance’s online festival.

Open Day Presentation web links

For our visitors who attended the Open Day talk today, here are the links to the websites I mentioned.
Paul Gray (Programme Leader, Photography and Film)

Graduate website links:

Aleksandra Kocela (2010)

Niina Topp (2009)

Martin Scott Powell (2008)

Niki Rooney (2006)

Gem Pope (2005)

Anna Purkis, Dee Custance (2005)

Peter Gerard (2004), Leo Bruges (2006), Tomas Sheridan, Adam Stafford

Matt Pinder

Margaret Corkery (2002)

Roger Spencer Jones (1996)

Andy Goddard (1996)

Scott Ward (1992)

Lynn Ramsay (1992)

David Eustace (1991)

Murdo MacLeod (1980s)

Social Documents The Ethics of Encounter Part 1, Opening Preview Screening



Scotland’s centre for photography

Primate, Frederick Wiseman Image

Social Documents The Ethics of Encounter

Renzo Martens, Artur Zmijewski, Frederick Wiseman

Part 1: Saturday 6 November – Sunday 28 November 2010

Opening Preview Screening Join us on Friday 5 November 6.30pm Drinks followed by screening

When artists site their practice within the fabric of social relations, documentary modes often play a central role in mediating events and experiences. Though the resulting material often bears a close resemblance to ethnographic mapping, investigative journalism or even community work, in contrast to the strict ethical codes to which these disciplines adhere many of today’s artists operate in somewhat murkier waters. Working outside – or even deliberately corrupting – accepted conventions and frameworks, the artists participating in this two-part exhibition find alternative means to engage with social realities in situations of war, sex and political urgency.
A series of week-long presentations of three individual film works will launch The Ethics of Encounter programme. Beginning with Episode III, Renzo Marten’s controversial documentary analysis of the Congo’s ‘poverty industry’, the interrogation of power relations continues in week two, this time in the context of a makeshift prison as the Polish artist Artur Zmijewski re-enacts Philip Zimbardo’s infamous Stanford Prison Experiment. Part 1 concludes with Primate, the acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s uncompromising account of the daily activities of the Yerkes Primate Research Center at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Renzo Martens: Episode III (2009) Saturday 6 November – Friday 12 November
Artur Zmijewski: Repetition (2005) Saturday 13 November – Friday 18 November
Frederick Wiseman: Primate (1974) Saturday 20 November – Friday 26 November

The Ethics of Encounter is part of Stills’ Social Documents series, a three-year programme of exhibitions, screenings, workshops and courses which explores artists’ fascination with documentary modes and processes.

Curated by Kirsten Lloyd.

Image Primate, Frederick Wiseman, 1974

separation line

The Ethics of Encounter is presented with the support of The University of Edinburgh’s History of Art Department and the Goethe Institut Glasgow.

SIMON NORFOLK’s Lecture at Hawthornder Lecture Theatre In The National Galleries,Edinburgh

Friday 15th October 6.00pm is the Scottish Society for the History of Photography, Annual Photographer¹s Lecture at the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre in the National Galleries on the Mound. The lecture this year is by acclaimed photographic artist Simon Norfolk.

Simon Norfolk is an internationally acclaimed photographic artist who has won numerous prestigious awards for his intelligent and quietly beautiful images documenting war zones and battlefields. Using a large format camera, his photographs speak eloquently of the nature of destruction and meditate on the vanity of empire and man¹s historical capacity for self-annihilation.

He has published several books and regularly contributes to major periodicals worldwide.

“Found Footage”

Recent graduate Rowan Lear is taking part in a collaborative event as part of Screen Bandita and West Port Book Festival in Edinburgh.

“Found Footage” shall include performances by poet Jay Bernard, and author and playwright Mia Gallagher, projections by Screen Bandita, and installations by Izzy Bocchetti and Rowan Lear, plus music from Vroni Holzmann.

The event shall  take place at St Marks Artspace on Friday 25th June at 7:30pm.

Artist Talk: The City and The Stars

Image: The City and The Stars, Installation image, Stills 2010

Artist Talk on The City and The Stars

Tuesday 11 May 7.30pm

Curator Louisa Adam in conversation with artists Rut Blees Luxemburg and Craig Mulholland on re-visioning the city.Exploring themes from the exhibition, there will also be an opportunity for open conversation; re-considering the context and matter from which we generate meaning; reflecting upon the space we inhabit and the use of the imagination in exploring the cities that we live in.

23 Cockburn Street Edinburgh EH1 1BP

At a Glance exhibition preview Friday 2 April 7-9pm

99 Hanover Projects – Photography Exhibition

99 Hanover is proud to announce that the second 99 Hanover Projects exhibition will launch on Thursday 11th of February at 8pm, showcasing an array of new photographic works by leading national talents. The selected Artists within this exhibition will display a diverse exploration of the medium, works that reference the contemporary tableaux vivant to the capturing of our surreal everyday banality. Together, the selected works will exemplify many of the current trends within such a manipulatable medium.
The opening night will also include a DJ set by HOTRODS, bashing out 60’s Boogie, Rock & Roll and Shakin Soul. An exciting mash of sounds and visuals await your presence!

Exhibiting artists include: Chris Park, John Bryden, Christina Kernohan, Ruaridh Crighton, Ryan Miller, Fraser Gray, Sam Luntley, Ross Mclean and Christopher Fernandez.

Video work by Ryan Laing

Curated by MA Contemporary Art Theory Student at Edinburgh College of Art, Steven Cox.

Where : 99 Hanover Street

When: Thursday 11th of February at  8pm

Stills – January Events

Calendar of Events:
Experimental Music: Mathias Forge /Christine Sehnaoui /Olivier Toulemonde Trio + Guests
Film Screening: The Magic Lantern
Poetry Evening: Scottish Poets
January’s Reading Group

Experimental Music:

Mathias Forge /Christine Sehnaoui /Olivier Toulemonde Trio + Guests Tuesday 12 January 7pm £4 donation

Mathias Forge, Christine Sehnaoui and Olivier Toulemonde Trio met in 2006 to give a concert at Es Muss Sein in Paris.  After independently developing their own languages and extending the possibilities of their instruments, the trio came together to create music which breathes, rubs, clinks, crackles and whistles.

Film Screening:

The Magic Lantern Wednesday 20 January 6.30pm  £3/£1.50 donation

In response to the current exhibition Elín Jakosdóttir, Hinges Between Days,The Magic Lantern presents a selection of films that explore the ineffable truths, hidden meanings and surreal paradoxes that lie beneath the familiar routines of the everyday.

Image: Replay, Mutt Hulse

Poetry Evening:

Scottish Poets Wednesday 13 January 6.30pm £3 donation

Join us for an evening of poetry from six Scottish poets; Jim Ferguson, Anita Govan, Kevin Williamson, Paul Reekie, Rodney Relax and Graham Brodie.

Collectively covering a broad range of poetry, from traditional verse, punk and experimental, contemporary-traditional and slam poetry, each poet takes influence from the everyday, intermingling the mundane with the subconscious and surreal, expressed through rhythm and non-rhythm, repetition and the non-sequitur. Relaying shared experience and dream sequences alike, as with filmic narrative, this poetry explores ideas through a route dictated by the author but open to abstract diversions and interpretations by the audience.

Exploring these ideas the six poets invites the audience to participate in a journey through the writers process and stream of consciousness expressed through recital and performance methods.

Presented in aid of The Hepatitis C Trust Scotland.

January’s Reading Group:

with Catherine Street and Ruth Barker Wednesday 27 January 6.30pm Free

Ruth Barker and Catherine Street are two artists whose individual practices exist in relation to both performance and the written word. Together they have chosen two extracts for Stills’ January reading group.

In an extract from Sadegh Hedayat’s hallucinatory novel, The Blind Owl (1937, translated from the Persian by DP Costello), a painter navigates a nightmarish world in which he is increasingly isolated and detached from his own actions. His unreliable perceptions of his own body and the objects around him suggest the blurring of mental and physical properties.

Meanwhile in a short extract from his recent book, Personal Agency (2008), philosopher Jonathan Lowe discusses ideas about the distinction between physical and mental properties and substances.  He looks at the implications for the way in which we identify with our own bodies, minds and actions.

If you would like to take part, you can request a copy of the texts in advance by asking at reception or by emailing

Stills’ events are supported by Habitat.
23 Cockburn St Edinburgh EH1 1BP0131 622 6200 Full map & directions

We welcome everyone and are fully accessible by wheelchair. Staff are always available to help visitors.


THURSDAY 3 Dec 2009 6.30PM
This exciting new programme will allow participants to showcase work in a supportive environment, sharing ideas and knowledge in a social setting. The evening will begin with informal artist talks and project presentations, followed by the opportunity to discuss your own work, share inspirations and discover a local network of photographers.
Free Event. No booking necessary. All attending are invited to bring one image in digital or printed format to present and discuss (images can be your own work or by others that have inspired you).

Film Screening at Stills: Counter Images. GDR Underground Films 1983-1989 – Thursday 12 November 6.30pm FREE

Cornelia Schleime Unter weißen Tüchern (1984)

For this special screening curator and filmmaker Claus Löser will present a selection of films which were made in the GDR between 1983 and 1989 by young artists, musicians and writers. At a time when art was subject to state control artists operated outside all official channels, their subversive actions watched closely by the Stasi state security police. As in the West, the GDR had a thriving Super 8 movement which developed out of the D.I.Y. credo of punk and was able to blossom in the small pockets of independent underground culture, providing new forms of expression amid the rigidity of the political climate. Today, many artists of this GDR Super-8 underground scene – including Helge Leiberg, Via Lewandowsky, and Cornelia Schleime – have become well-known figures in the international art world.


Elín Jakobsdóttir Hinges Between Days – Opening Friday 6th November 6-8pm all welcome


Saturday 7 November 2009 – Sunday 14 March 2010

Exhibition Opening: Friday 6 November, 6pm – 8pm all welcome

For her first UK solo exhibition, Elín Jakobsdóttir presents a sequence of objects, photographs and films which imbue everyday sights and experiences with the inscrutable logic of the subconscious. Produced directly beneath the gallery space in Stills’ darkrooms, Janus (2009) comprises twenty-four individual black-and-white prints assembled in the format of a storyboard or filmstrip. In Roman mythology the two-faced deity Janus signified spatial and temporal transitions, a god of gateways representing the midpoint between different states, places and epochs. Jakobsdóttir’s photographs depict the public terrain of parks, streets and graveyards, subtly skewed as if refracted through psychic space prior to inscription through the camera’s lens. Scale is repeatedly switched to unsettling effect; in one framed instance an honorific statue tilts precariously, as if uprooted from its plinth, to hover against a dense thicket of trees. In others, fragments of petrified gestures are momentarily glimpsed in the reflective poses of an anonymous male figure. Taught electricity wires become ley lines through the city reflecting the means by which the urban environment is imprinted upon memory as system of connections. The notion of passage is returned to in her three-dimensional works simply constructed from wood, paper and glass. Reappearing as filmic props, each form reverberates throughout the exhibition to build a cumulative charge. Jakobsdóttir’s film works capture condensed scenarios, silently flitting between documentary processes and the oblique approaches of the imagination. Moving amongst three projections in the dimmed lower gallery, the viewer is cast into a spectral limbo. Presented upon a floor-mounted wooden screen, Worktable (2003) begins with a recording of the deliberate actions of a young boy absorbed in play. Moving across the paper’s blank expanse, his crayon carefully traces the floor plan of an invented building. Synchronised upon the obverse, Worktable 2 (2009) shows the same boy, now an adolescent, seated at one end of a divided table facing a man two generations older. Their actions are obscured from one another as they delineate architectural and spatial configurations through gesture and drawing. Again, these visual fragments suffuse apparently commonplace incidents with a dreamlike logic. The shifting point of intersection between imagination and reality is carefully articulated through the different approaches adopted by the three characters as they variously seek to project the inner workings of the creative mind onto the external world of material fact. Work and play, contemplation and fantasy are also referenced in the third work, where the domestic interiors of Glasgow tenements are exchanged for the post-industrial urban landscape of Berlin. Shot on 16mm film and transferred to DVD, Horsebox (2009) glimpses the life journey of what Jakobsdóttir describes as an ‘imaginary object’ as it makes its way from a wood workshop through streets still marked with allusions to the Wedding district’s electricity-producing heyday. At first resembling an instructional documentary, the film’s rational narrative subtly slips into the absurd as two workers process the large box-like object through the city. A crate, a sideboard, a magician’s stand, a coffin; any potential function is undermined, the pale blank surface and simple construction defying identification. Only when minds wander do such objects pop into consciousness. Through film Jakobsdóttir has rendered the amorphous notion manifest, inserting it into the viewer’s imagination to continue its journey. Born in Selfoss, Iceland, Elín Jakobsdóttir is currently based in Glasgow and Berlin.

Events programme:

Hinges Between Days Opening: Friday 6 November 2009, 6pm – 8pm

Film Screening: Counter Images. GDR Underground Films 1983-1989, Thursday 12 November, 6.30pm

Experimental Music: Braw Gigs presents Family Battle Snake, Friday 20 November, 7pm

Film Screening: The Magic Lantern, Wednesday 20 January, 6.30pm January

Reading Group: Selected by Ruth Barker and Catherine Street, Wednesday 27 January, 6pm

Academic Talk: Sexuality, Space and the Architectural Project: A Provisional History, Wednesday 3 February, 6pm February

Reading Group: Selected by Jenny Gipaki, Wednesday 17 February, 6pm

Rewind at Stills: Wednesday 24 February, 6.30pm

Study Day: Shadow Sisters: Women in the History of Photography, Friday 26 February, 1.30pm – 6pm

March Reading Group: Selected by Matt Lloyd, 3 March 6pm Study Day: Saturday 13 March

Photography exhibition by Craig MacKay

Photography graduate Craig MacKay’s new exhibition is about Scottish identity at home and abroad, and features images of twenty famous members of the Scottish diaspora – from home based Scots to second and third generation emmigrants to other countries. The stars include Canadian actress Neve Campbell, American musician Jack White, cyclist Chris Hoy, playwright John Byrne, actor Alan Cumming and fellow photographer Albert Watson.

Craig’s motivation for this project came from an interest in exploration of how a small country has had such a huge influence on the modern world, and how aspects of Scottish looks and character are still apparent in the decendants of those who left home.

The exhibition runs from Friday 16th October – Sunday 10th January in the Special Exhibition gallery, Level 3, National Museum of Scotland.

For more details, please click on the following links:


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