In One Way Street Walter Benjamin wrote of how practice and theory must always follow one another. In this one-day the workshop participants will begin to explore whether Benjamins ideas can be converted into artistic practice. Informed by Benjamins ideas and concepts, participants will make a short film with a mobile phone and edit it on a computer. All the work will then projected and discussed.
We will be looking at Benjamins ideas in a contemporary context and at the image as a pervasive element in everyday camera-based technology, part of our optical unconscious, as Benjamin termed it.
Workshop participants should read The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction beforehand, thinking about Benjamins arguments around spatial proximity, closeness and distance, and how this might relate to our experience of the image and the body in everyday urban life.
Participants are requested to familarise themselves with The Work of Art In The Age of Mechanical Reproduction essay here: www.dzignism.com/articles/benjamin.pdf
and read J.M. Coetze on Benjamin here: www.guardian.co.uk/books/2001/jan/20/history.society
Please bring mobile phones with any leads supplied for connecting and uploading images from the phone. Bring laptops with an editing program and Bluetooth capability if possible.
Adam Kossoff is an artist, filmmaker and writer whose work addresses and questions the relationship of the moving image to differing spatial and technological contexts.
His recent work: Not Our Darkness (2009), is distributed by Lux on DVD, and he is the author of On Terra Firma; Space, Place and the Moving Image (VDM, Verlag, 2008). Adam currently lectures on the moving image at the School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton. A recent essay, Ice Cold in Moscow, about filming on a mobile phone in Moscow, can be found Sequence, No. 1, published by no.w.here.