Films looking at trees – for the Urban Tree Festival

For the Urban Tree Festival we have curated a collection of artists’ films that look at trees.

There is one a day for the duration of the festival – 15th to 23rd May – or you can binge them all in one go.

Day one – 15th May

Das Klang (Shaun Martin)

“My work revolves around the concepts of Hauntology and the recollection of a degraded image and sound. Each piece employs Hauntological mechanisms such as reintroduction of error and the haunting of ghosts, and uses techniques to reference Deleuze’s modalities of sensation, of vibration, resonance and forced movement. Utilising video editing and generative software built in Cycling 74 MaxMSP, I make visual documentaries from found image and sound that aim to re-invoke the spectres of a misremembered past and dislocate time”

Lichen

Day Two – 16th May

John Rogers

London-based film-maker and writer John Rogers, author of This Other London – adventures in the overlooked city.
Find out more: The Lost Byway

Autumn Walk in Epping Forest

Day Three – 17th May

Sam Enthoven

Sound artist, ex-author and occasional filmmaker, now exploring the places where stories and sound meet.
Find out more www.sinistermasterplan.com

Sam’s Plague Transmissions are a series of pieces begun while in coronavirus lockdown in London.

Plague Transmission 14

Plague Transmission 23 

Day Four – 18th May

Chris H Lynn

Chris H. Lynn is a moving image maker, sound artist, educator, and curator from the United States. His digital images and Super 8 films capture the subtle rhythms of movement, light, and sound in urban and rural landscapes that vary from the Eastern shores of Maryland, U.S. to Nanjing, China.
Find out more: https://vimeo.com/chrishlynn

November Afternoon

part of an ongoing series called The Journal of Drifting Hours

Day Five – 19th May

Bill Newsinger

Bill Newsinger is an award winning freelance filmmaker based in Leicester, UK.

Treetops

Day Six – 20th May

Chris Welsby

Welsby began making landscape films and installations in the early 70s, and although he has worked across a range of media he has always concentrated on one particular theme: how do we see ourselves in relation to the natural world and how should we position our selves and our technologies within it? His art practice was heavily influenced by Structural Materialist film theory at the London Film Makers Co-operative and by cybernetic and systems theory at the Slade School of Fine Art, where as a student and later as a faculty member, he came into contact with some of the pioneers of interactive technology and computer-driven art forms.
Find out more: https://chriswelsby.uk

Trees in Winter (extract)

Day Seven – 21st May

Liberty Rowley

Liberty Rowley makes short films and take photographs, mainly while walking, or travelling on the bus. She is one of the curatorial team at Video Strolls

Spinning Treetops (Winter)

Day Eight – 22nd May

O D Davey and Liberty Rowley

Owen Davey is a writer, director and performer, working in song, film and the gallery. In 2014 he founded Video Strolls, a nonprofit that curates art and film events that explore place and journeying. Currently an AHRC North West Consortium funded and Disabled Students Allowance supported PhD candidate at the University of Salford, doing practice-based research into ‘The Enfoldment of Song and First Person Filmmaking‘.
Find out more: https://oddavey.com

Liberty Rowley makes short films and take photographs, mainly while walking, or travelling on the bus. She is one of the curatorial team at Video Strolls

The Crystal Wald

Day Nine – 23rd May

John Rogers

London-based film-maker and writer John Rogers, author of This Other London – adventures in the overlooked city.
Find out more: The Lost Byway

Ruin in the Woods

Explore the rest of the Urban Tree Festival


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