Date:15 October 2007


is a four-day workshop led by the filmmaker Chris Welsby with Emma Rose. His work engages with natural elements at work in the landscape. It seeks to redefine the relationship between human beings and nature by rejecting conventional modes of interaction: representation, surveillance, exploitation, and control. Natural processes -such as the wind, the movement of clouds or water- are invited to play an active part in the making of the film. Welsby consciously surrenders some degree of control, enabling framing, camera angles and edits to be triggered by movements and states of sun, wind or tides. Often filming takes place over a long period of time, offering not only a contemplative approach of nature, but also a sustained reflection on the role of technology and its impact on our experience of nature.

Technology is, of course, an integral part of filmmaking and many other contemporary art forms. The film maker sees the landscape through the eye of a camera, her vision is mediated, distanced; she stands not within but outside. Artists who painted tied to a ship's mast, better to observe a storm (Turner) or on a cliff edge in a gale (Monet) sought a direct, embedded experience of nature. The workshop will explore unconventional uses of visual technology in order to question and change the relationship between the environment and technologically enhanced practices of representation.

Chris will be talking about his work on Monday 15th October from 7.00pm in the Dukes Theatre Gallery Space and this event is open to the public as well as members of staff and students of Lancaster University.

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Who can attend:Anyone

Further Information

Associated staff:Neil Boynton, Emma Rose, Nigel Stewart
Organising departments and research centres:Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
  • Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA)
  • The LICA Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK