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Interview with the curators of “Under Light and Shadow”.

In Art, Community, Curiousity, Democracy, discussion, Edinburgh, film, free screening, Interview, Leith, poetry, poets, thiscollection on June 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm
the shadow of two curators of thiscollection's summer 2012 exhibition.

Photo by Ruei Yen and Xara Vlaxou from their flyering album on facebook.

Thanks to Fiona Grieg, freelance producer, we can listen to the enterprising young film curator programmers, Hara Vlahou and Ruei Yen discuss their experiences organising “Under Light and Shadow” their personal interpretation of This Collection’s poems and films to date.

Listen to Fire Horse findings on Leithermagazine.com here.

The event is happening this Saturday June 23rd at Out of the Blue Drill Hall 2-7pm.
There are limited spaces for the free filmmaking workshop with the very talented and funny Oliver Benton from 3-6pm. Register here!

If you are interested in presenting the assortment of collected wonders and running workshops or discussing the methods or materials used in this project feel free to contact filmthiscollection_at_gmail.com.

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New Beginnings

In activism, Art, Community, Curiousity, Dérive, Democracy, film, film artists, films, poems, poetry, poets on June 11, 2012 at 1:30 am

This Collection : Collaborate Create Curate

This Collection is very fortunate to be collaborating with the very talented Anni Poppen of NEOI along with 11 other Non Profit Organisations from around the world.

Anni Poppen, is an award-winning graphic designer from Hampshire, IL who currently lives in the vibrant college town of Champaign, IL. Through her work as a graphic designer, musician, yoga practitioner, and environmental advocate, she was drawn to implementing a flexible business model that would uplift NFPs and small businesses while allowing her creative freedom, travel, and volunteer opportunities.

We’ve been working together since the end of May and every step of the way, she has been supporting This Collection’s move towards a more open web presence and coherent design to showcase work done so far.

We’re looking for

Guest Bloggers to share:

  • film poetry that inspires,
  • filmic reflections on the city through poetry walks
  • dérives based on This Collection poems or films as impulses
  • tips on how to develop film poetry and
  • exciting experiments that explore the relationship between text and image.
Affiliates:
  • Sites, journals, blogs who share the same ethos of open accessible art interventions involving film, poetry and observations of a place.
  • Advocates of film poetry as a medium of expression
  • Community based initiatives that celebrate literacy and everyday art practice against all odds.

Ongoing call for curatorial experiments based on works done to date, we offer:

  • Access the films collected to date
  • Access our social media channels and
  • Support from a wide range of filmmakers or poets involved depending on the nature of the proposal.

Anni is helping us package the site and web presence to help others use This Collection as a resource more readily. We are very grateful for her hard work, creativity and marvellous spirit and humour for this new beginning.

For more information contact Stefanie: filmthiscollection[at]gmail.com

Please Save “The Welcoming”! Thursday 9th Feb 930am @ City Council Chambers St, Edinburgh

In activism, Art, Community, Democracy, discussion, Edinburgh on February 8, 2012 at 7:20 am

credit Will's class

IF YOU HAVE EVER BEEN WELCOMED BY THE WELCOMING AND/OR YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE IT GOING, PLEASE TAKE ACTION AND JOINT US IN TRYING TO SAVE IT.

The Welcoming – Grant Cut

The Welcoming has not been recommended for the next batch of funding from the City of Edinburgh Council.
If our grant is cut, The Welcoming is in danger of closing.

We are having a deputation to the City Council, Chambers St on Thursday 9th February at 9.30am. Please come and support in our protest about The Welcoming grant cut!

Also please forward this note to all your contacts, and your local councillor and MSP.

If The Welcoming closes, Edinburgh will lose:

a unique, vibrant and highly cost effective project for newcomers to Scotland:
– training and preparation for migrants, refugees and minority indigenous groups for life in Edinburgh
– provision of a wide range of classes in English, employability, wellbeing and Scottish culture
– 650 classes a year, 6 days a week and over 60 volunteers
– a prime focus for integration, wellbeing and cultural interchange

PLEASE HELP US SAVE THE WELCOMING!!

Watch our new film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk0GVvfbaxU&feature=youtu.be

The Welcoming Association, Tollcross Community Centre

117 Fountainbridge Edinburgh. EH3 9QG

Tel: 0131 221 9756

email: thewelcoming2006@hotmail.co.uk

Website: http://thewelcoming.btck.co.uk/

Claire moves on from this collection

In Community, Edinburgh, poems, poetry, poets, thiscollection on December 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

With the this collection project about to experience something of a revival, it is with regret that co-founder Claire Askew departs the project for pastures new.

Claire says:

“I had a great time working on this collection, and I am very grateful indeed to all the brilliant poets, filmmakers and artists I got to work with over the course of the project.  It wasn’t always easy, and things didn’t always go to plan, but it was always, always weird, daring and great fun.  Being part of the massive McEwan Hall showcase will remain one of the stand-out moments of my poetic ‘career’ — it was a truly unique and awe-inspiring event.  All our events were special, all our film shoots were mad and brilliant, all our poetry readings were inspiring.  Thanks a million to anyone who was in any way involved.

Thanks in particular to Stan Reeves of the Tollcross Community Centre; and to Mike Spells and Garry Gale of Edinburgh City Libraries — gents, may your glasses at the Bow Bar be ever full.

Thanks for everything, this collection-ers! Keep up your fabulous creative work, whatever it may be.”

Last week to wander the labyrinth

In 100 Poems, Community, Edinburgh, film, Performance, poetry on May 9, 2011 at 11:13 pm
Fragment of Helen and laura's lovely mural

dis-place thiscollection in the Glue Factory a microfragment of the magic.

Remember Enid Blyton’s classic “The Magic Faraway tree” with Moon-Face,  Jo, Bessie, and Fanny and those loving descriptions of treacle toffee pies and treats? There was always a new world at the top of the tree and one always had to take a leap of faith and it almost always worth the trek.

Well since April 30th, the installation of thiscollection’s poems and films as a labyrinthine library has been the site of discussion, curiousity and wonderment.

This is the last week to see thiscollection’s dis-placement in the Glue Factory in Glasgow. As usual the installation was a result of the contributors of thiscollection who wanted to explore the space, we only realised what we had as each contributor decided how to present their work in the space.

Playful, thought-provoking and an expression of the processes that have gone on through developing thiscollection to date. The installation is a labyrinth put together with the help from thiscollection contributors Rocio Jungenfeld, David McAfee, Helen Askew, Laura Mossop & Blochestra member Ming Tse, Dominique De Groen, Glasgow Open School’s Liam and Nathan and Stefanie Tan.

The opening night was well attended  Zorras‘ rendition of Brian McCabe’s “It” was witty and engaging. Blochestra‘s adaptation of Kate Charles’ “Cables” was dark and soulful. Videos will be uploaded soon.

AP and Swedo stirred up a storm, invading and breaking all health & safety codes they could find, performing adaptations of the remaining poems and responding to the immense space as only the two adventurous word pirates could.

The special preview with Glasgow Open School attempted to discuss how the installation provoked ideas of democracy, learning and collective. Notes from the discussion are exhibited in the space, special thanks to Stevphen Shukaitis, Glasgow Open School who invited participants from Free Hetherington, Transmission, Ultra Red, Arika, So We Stand and its members to reflect on the work to begin considering what truly free education could and should look like.

The space has since welcomed over 30 new works by F/32 Fine art photography students and every nook and cranny holds an idea that can captivate the restless soul – so pick a quiet day or a bustling Friday to come see the magic, and how your poem or film is making an impression.

Thanks also to Open Source theatre‘s talented cast of Property & Theft who have braved the challenge to take their show to Glasgow May 6-8th. The interventions created some really golden moments from philosophical playfulness investigating our subjective measures of time, value and scarcity. The company of actors exchanged a ripped J.G Ballard book for 2 nanoseconds of bad dancing, reaffirmed with a hand made certificate, cosy cups of tea and conversations all to the soundtrack of reflective confessions about daily life in late capitalism.

We are consciously not putting any images up of the installation, and strongly encourage you to come and experience the work for yourself and make your own memories.

It is the last week of the showcase, the space is open til May 14th 12-6pm and is a 10 min walk from St Georges’ Cross SPT, 22 Farnell St Glasgow. Entry is Free.

Upcoming events:

May 13th Friday: Farewell Welfare

2-4pm

Hillhead Library Writers’ Group meets in the Glue Factory, sharing their protocols to run a self organised group and Cathy McCormack, activist and author of Wee Yellow Butterfly, shares her writing experience.

5-7pm

Free Screening of Cathy’s film: “At the Sharp end of the Knife” followed by a conversation with local communities and activists, folk keen on social justice and alternatives.

May 14th Saturday

5-630pm

Ginetta Correlli filmmaker of Sam Meekings’ “The Hanging Stanes” premieres “The Earl Sessions” a film about people struggling with perfection.

Followed by a closing party hosted by the good people of the Glue Factory.

All very welcome.

OPENING NIGHT: dis-place this collection@The Glue Factory

In Community, film, Performance, poetry on April 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Opening Night April 30th poster by Ming Tse

Come and join us as we make our first ever journey west and open an exciting fortnight-long event at Glasgow’s infamous Glue Factory artspace! 

dis-place THIS COLLECTION: OPENING NIGHT

Venue: The Glue Factory, 22 Farnell Street, Glasgow, G4 9SE  See map less than 10 min walk from St George’s Cross SPT.

Preview:

6pm (Open to Public)
Self-organisation in Education: with Stevphen Shukaitis and Glasgow Open School
Author of Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Life, Stevphen Shukaitis and Glasgow Open School welcomes all to workshop to discuss the installation of thiscollection and present the first in the series of two events aiming to bring together people interested in holding experiments in education this Summer and anyone struggling with ideas and practices of learning, democracy, collectivity, curatorship, culture and knowledge production.

We aim to combine space for open discussion of ideas and pragmatic arrangements for collaboration. For more information visit
http://glasgowopenschool.com/blog/?p=1788
http://www.autonomedia.org/node/94

830pm -1130pm

HEADLINING:

+ BLOCHESTRA: innovative and experimental noise-makers — “a band to turn the conventional music experience on its head.” adapt poems into song, Kate Charles’ “Cables” is given a new spin.

Zorras Film Poetry Vocal velvetness photo by Evi Tsiligaridou

+ ZORRAS:poetry-music-video weirdness fusion. With megaphones adapt Brian McCabe’s thiscollection poem “It”.

A.P & Swedo: Herbalist & Farmhand anarchic word workers this image by Swedo (Sean Cartwright) says it all.

+ A.P & Swedo Anarchic duo jam in a polymusical moon symphony of wordage favourites and new work inspired by this collection poems.

ALSO ON SHOW:

+ Graffiti from up and coming graphic designer Ming Tse who made the awesome opening night poster.

+ a huge and stunning mural by illustrators Helen Askew and Laura Mossop

+ this collection’s 100 poems and film responses collected so far.

this collection in Glasgow is preparing to ease into a more democratic DIY phase and has developed an open installation with Glasgow Open School to prove that culture or creative endeavours need YOUR input, not over rely on funding bodies or enthusiastic volunteers but everyone. Just as democracy needs to be practiced or it is lost – if there is no input from you or dialogue, NOTHING will or can happen.

If you have already submitted a poem or a film or an adaptation the Open Schedule on the Glasgow Open School blog is YOUR platform.

REFRESHMENTS:

Summery wheat beer, honey and heather ale, strawberry cider and some lager.

TRANSPORTATION:

Trains do group discounts half price for a group of 4 and the 3rd travels free in a group of 3 (a return ticket costs £11.40). Last train home is 1130pm.
The last underground is 1115pm, and the venue is less than 10 mins from St Georges Cross.

ANY QUESTIONS? FILM@THISCOLLECTION.ORG

Click “attending” on our Facebook event!

WHAT IS THIS COLLECTION…?

this collection began life as a modest bouquet of 100 short poems on the subject of Edinburgh. Authors included all manner of Edinburgh residents from high school kids to University professors, and over the course of the past two years, their work has acted as a foundation upon which artists and creatives from all walks of life have built collaborative responses to the poems. Thus far, the project has primarily attracted short films, but more recently the artistic responses have included works as diverse as street art installations, handmade zines and improvised music scores to live screenings.

this collection has hosted a plethora of community art events in Edinburgh, too – including a memorable poets’ and filmmakers’ speed-dating night, a huge multi-media showcase in the cavernous McEwan Hall, and an experimental ‘friendly’ poetry slam.

The project will adopt The Glue Factory – an abandoned industrial space turned arts venue – as its temporary home from 30th April to 14th May as part of a GSA postgraduate show. Glasgow residents and visitors are invited to peruse a wide and vibrant showcase of creative work inspired by the original this collection 100 poems.

We hope to see you there!

this collection: FRIENDLY POETRY SLAM

In Community, film, Performance, poetry on March 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm

this collection is throwing its first ever poetry slam — but forget what you’ve seen and heard before. This is not your usual slam: there will be no brownie points for shouting, no judges, and the poet with the most mates won’t win automatically. This is a friendly slam — all styles, personalities and poetics are welcome. See below…

The this collection friendly slam will take the following form:

ROUND ONE: all poets perform under a 2.5 minute time limit. You can do ANYTHING YOU LIKE with those 2.5 minutes — shout, rap, whisper, read off paper, read from memory, read one poem, read fifteen haiku, whatever.

ROUND TWO: the five poets with the lowest scores (see below) will be eliminated, and the remaining poets will perform again — same time limit, same rules.

FINAL: the three poets with the overall highest combined scores from both rounds (and possibly a wildcard) will slug it out in the final (3 minutes this time) for the title of this collection slam champion — and for our lovely prizes (see below).

SCORING: no scary judging panel, no howling audience whooping extra loud for their friends. Each poet will be scored by the other poets performing. Every poet gets a scorecard, and marks their fellow performers out of 30 (marks out of 10 for content, delivery and each scorer’s personal response). Scoring will be ANONYMOUS as scorecards will be collected and tallied by an adjudicator after each round. All poets — including finalists and eliminated poets — will give scores on all three rounds. Please note, poets can’t score themselves!

PRIZES:
1ST — £25, and a mystery prize pack (contents TBC!), plus the title of this collection slam champion!
2ND — £10, and a mystery prize pack
3RD — £5, and a mystery prize pack

PERFORMING ON THE NIGHT!
Stephen Welsh // Scottish Slam Champion 2011 Young Dawkins // Bram E Gieben // Fiona Lindsay // McGuire // Tickle McNicholl // Russell Jones // Mairi Campbell-Jack // Andrew C Fergusson // Andrew Philip // Alec Beattie // Dave Forbes // Sophia Walker // Chris Lindores // Cat Dean // Dave Coates

THIS COLLECTION ALL-WELCOME POETRY SLAM! Come and slam with us for a chance to win some cash!

Invite your friends to our Facebook event! Hope to see you there!

(Photo by Kyre Wood)

UNIQUE FILM LOCATION OPPORTUNITY

In Community, film, poetry on March 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Gorgie Farm, Edinburgh

Never work with animals? 

thiscollection poet Juliet Wilson (aka craftygreenpoet) is looking for a film-maker prepared to ignore the old age ‘never work with animals’. Juliet’s poem Animal Haven is set at Edinburgh’s Gorgie City Farm, and stars many of the farm’s animals. The farm is a wonderful place where families can learn about farm animals, small animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs and wildlife gardening.  
 
Juliet’s poem is open to imaginative interpretation by aspiring film makers, as long as it is filmed in Gorgie Farm and features at least some of the animals mentioned in the poem.
 
If you are interested in filming this poem, please contact Juliet on Juliet.M.WilsonATgmailDOTcom with some suggested filming dates. Please give at least two weeks notice of dates, so that arrangements can be made with the farm!
 
Gorgie City Farm website is here.
Juliet blogs here.

MAKE YOUR OWN POETRY ZINE workshop

In 100 Poems, Community, poetry on March 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Make your own poetry zine: workshop

MAKE YOUR OWN POETRY ZINE WORKSHOP
TOLLCROSS COMMUNITY CENTRE
TUESDAY 15TH MARCH
5pm — 7pm
A MERE £3 PER PERSON!

Calling all poets!

Come and learn about the awesome art of zine-making: find out a bit about zine culture, read some classic fanzines, and use our resources to create your very own zine — a compendium of your own work that you can give to friends, sell at readings or turn into a series.

You’ll need to bring:

* yourself
* at least one of your poems (printed/typed/handwritten/whatever)
* enthusiasm
* OPTIONAL: stuff to decorate your zine — anything 2D that will stick to a bit of paper. Photos, drawings, newspaper clippings, locks of hair, random scribblings, stickers, ticket stubs –anything that inspires you. We will supply a whole array of this stuff too, but the more you bring, the more original and personal your zine will be!

Come along and meet fellow poets and zine enthusiasts, use our resources and create something cool! All we ask is that you bring along three shiny pounds — this will cover the cost of making copies of your zine for you to take away!

Claire Askew is the Editor in Chief of Read This, a literary zine founded in 2007, based in Edinburgh and printed with assistance from the Forest Free Press. Read This has to date produced twenty issues showcasing the best in poetry, prose and drama from brand new writers worldwide. The zine is due to re-launch soon after a year-long hiatus. Claire is currently reading a PhD in Creative Writing and Contemporary Scottish Poetry at the University of Edinburgh and lectures in Literature and Communication at Edinburgh’s Telford College. Her poetry has been published by The Guardian, Poetry Scotland and The Edinburgh Review, among others, and she also runs the writing blog onenightstanzas.com.

‘A Map of Me’ Workshop

In Community on March 1, 2011 at 1:11 am

Come along to a fun and thought provoking workshop which looks at alternative approaches to self portraiture. Explore seminal examples of alternative self portraiture and ideas about mapping your own personality by artists like Grayson Perry and Nigel Peake, then have a go at making your own map.

Some materials will be provided, however if there’s a particular media you prefer to work with please feel free to bring your own materials along.

The workshop will take place on Monday 14th March at the Tollcross Community Centre. 12.30pm to 4.30pm — tea and coffee provided!

The workshop is totally FREE and all are welcome. If you want to be involved please email helen.askew@yahoo.co.uk to register your interest!

Helen Askew is an artist, graphic designer and illustrator living and working in Edinburgh. She has a BTEC in Art & Design from the University of Cumbria and a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design from Northumbria University. She has worked on a variety of freelance projects, producing illustrations for album covers, poetry books, zines and arts projects all over the UK. You can see some of her work at her deviantART page.