Recent Experimental Films by Richard Tuohy
DIY & Handmade Cinema from Australia!
Richard Tuohy in Person!


Thursday, March 20 at  7:30pm, $7-10

The Nightingale is excited to present Australian experimental filmmaker Richard Tuohy in person, who will screen a program of his vibrant and stunning diy/handmade/hand-processed 16mm work. Tuohy hasn’t so much rejected digital as he has embraced celluloid, and his work vividly demonstrates that extraordinary things can be done in these days of dwindling film stock options and closing labs with hands-on techniques and processes.

“While these works cover a range of techniques, strategies and visual themes, they each share the same tenacious experimental unfolding of a set of abstract possibilities from out of singular visual ideas, much as might a set of theme and variations musical studies. These works collectively represent a distinctively cinematic experience, wrestled from mundane objects and salvaged film industry equipment. More visual then cerebral, these pictures move, and with an energy unique to film. This program presents seven hand-processed and d-i-y printed 16mm film works from Tuohy’s recent output. The films, though diverse, are all highly abstract and tightly structured and share a fascination with the visual possibilities of basic traditional film technology. Tuohy is very much a part of the ‘dirty hands’ co-hort of film artists.”

Screen Tone (2011, 16 min., 16mm, b/w)
Half-tone dot ‘screens’ intended for use as shadings and tones in Manga comic illustrations have here been ‘photogrammed’ directly onto raw 16mm film stock. A flicker collage of these dots has then been created using a 16mm film printer. The sounds heard are those that the dots themselves produce as they pass the optical sound head of the 16mm projector. This is a camera-less and sound-recorder-less film!

Iron-wood(2009, 7 min., 16mm, b/w)
Iron-wood is an abstract visual exploration of the deeply fissured’cog-like’ bark of the Australian tree Eucalyptus Sideroxylon – Red Ironbark.

Ginza Strip(2013, 6 min., 16mm, color)
The Ginza of fable and memory.

Flyscreen(2010, 8 min., 16mm, b/w)
Flyscreen is a camera-less ‘rayogram’ film, made by layering fly-screen material onto raw 16mm film stock and then exposing to light. The sound heard is the optical sound of the images passing the 16mm optical sound head.

Tasmanian Splintering(2011, 14 min., 16mm, color)
Bones of a dead Tasmanian forest colourfully ‘ re-animated’ in a film printer.

Etienne’s Hand(2011, 13 min., 16mm, b/w)
A movement study of a restless hand. Made from one five second shot. Sound constructed from an old French folk tune played on a hand cranked music box.

Seoul Electric(2012, 7 min., 16mm, color)
A North Asian metropolis. Electricity wires draped like thick webs adorn the streetscape. Explosive sparks of colour electrify the frame. Filmed in Seoul in black and white. Colourised during processing using coloured torch light.

Film descriptions by Richard Tuohy.

Richard Tuohy has created almost 40 films and screened at Melbourne IFF, EMAF Rotterdam IFF, and Media City, Ann Arbor, NYFF etc. In 2011 a program of his work toured Europe. In 2009 his film Iron-Wood won first prize (ex aequo) at Abstracta (Rome). His films to date have shown two principal concerns: a fascination with abstractions from nature and with the materialist film tradition. His films are typically highly structured and formalist. As well as running the only lab for small gauge film in Australia – the artist-run lab nanolab – Richard was also one of the founding directors of the Australian International Experimental Film Festival. He is also the convener of the Artist Film Workshop – an artist run laboratory and screening initiative in Melbourne. He is the proprietor of nanolab artist-run film laboratory and conveinor of the Artist Film Workshop in Melbourne.

Programmed by Patrick Friel

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