As much as they offer the products of observation, the films in this programme describe, via survey, document and aleatory harvest, the act of looking itself – and in turn implicate us as viewers.

A programme for MK Gallery as part of their Scratch Nights series.

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This programme at MK Gallery originally screened in Norwich in May 2012.

A quest for the core of things, these six films circle the phenomenal and essential.

Framed by two luminous works by the Orcadian poet Margaret Tait which summon the wild and elemental, films by Peter Todd and Nick Collins by contrast tackle the resolutely quotidian, bounded spaces of the domestic interior and the garden, yet in doing so reveal the wonder within; a world of enchantment.

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A quest for the core of things, these six films circle the phenomenal and essential.

Framed by two luminous works by the Orcadian poet Margaret Tait which summon the wild and elemental, films by Peter Todd and Nick Collins by contrast tackle the resolutely quotidian, bounded spaces of the domestic interior and the garden, yet in doing so reveal the wonder within; a world of enchantment.

The screening will be introduced by Peter Todd, who will take questions afterwards. A programme with full film notes will be available on the night. To reserve a seat, e-mail info [at] promontories [dot] org

This screening coincides with the publication of  Margaret Tait: Poems, Stories, Writings by Carcanet Press.

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The lyrical and painterly films of Swiss artist Hannes Schüpbach explore form, space and time. Elemental and luminous, they unfold silently, as visual poems, drawing comparison with Cézanne and Bonnard; and a rich seam of avant-garde practice in artists’ moving image. Rarely seen, Schüpbach’s films screen here for the first time in the UK since his 2009 programme at Tate Modern, and in advance of programmes at the Centre Pompidou and Kunsthalle Wien.

“Attentive and exquisite images – of searing embers, abundant flora with bursting color, secret smiles… of hands that touch and create” —Andréa Picard (in Hannes Schüpbach: Cinema Elements)

The artist will introduce his films and take questions after the screening. Full film notes and an accompanying essay by Adam Pugh are available to download here.

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