Scottish artists' films mark Commonwealth Games' move from Delhi to Glasgow
- Allan Radcliffe
- 29 September 2010
To mark the Commonwealth Games handover from Delhi to Glasgow, films by six Scottish artists will be screened across the city and online. Here the artists introduce the six works in the Walls of Light event
In the Black Gnat factory near Thomson’s Falls in Kenya, 8000ft above sea level, local women tie traditional Scottish trout flies to be exported to British fly fishing market. With names like Red Palmer, Zulu and Grouse and the Green, a great proportion of traditional fishing flies are now tied in Kenya. I find this relationship between two commonwealth cultures inspiring, making for a powerful poetic documentary entwining themes of nature, commerce, and cultural tradition.
‘Linda Fratianne’ is a multi-screen film of a devised performance, which orchestrates complex, often abrasive, materials. It is based on a story by the Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek with references to vaudeville, film noir, theatrical and cinematic styles, performance art and televised sports to explore through gestures, texts and improvised sequences, notions of spectacle/spectatorship, inspection and judgment, violence and failure, glamour and persistence.
The Double Diamond
Working with the book Besoin de Vélo by French writer Paul Fournel, ‘Double Diamond’ takes us through the physical and philosophical landscape of a cyclist using voiceover, idiosyncratic filming and cycle sound recording techniques against the backdrop of the Scottish landscape to transport us into a cycling world both familiar and unfamiliar. Filmed across Scotland from Dumfries to Sutherland the video includes passages of fact, illusion and speculation referring en route to Scotland’s long association with the bicycle, from Kirkpatrick Macmillan to Robert Millar, Graham Obree and Chris Hoy.
A portrait of the diverse community of Shettleston Harriers, one of the oldest athletic clubs in Scotland based in the East End of Glasgow. From its modest beginnings it has produced Olympic and Commonwealth athletes, and the elite run, jump and throw alongside beginners. Currently the club is home to a group of world class Eritrean middle distance runners, a Somalian schoolboy who is the UK’s fastest 400m runner in his age group, Commonwealth qualifiers and athletes of all ages and abilities aspiring to achieve their Personal Best.
The City is the Film
‘The City is the Film’ takes its title from ‘A City’, a poem by Edwin Morgan, and uses it to build an intimate, collaged portrait of Glasgow and its inhabitants. As each voice transforms the words, each individual takes ownership of the place they now call home while questioning the ability of film itself to convey the truth of a place.
‘Tame Time’ looks at the area of Dalmarnock, which will be transformed over the next four years to house several of the sporting events and the athletes’ village during the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The fictional story is told from the perspective of a woman who regularly walks her dog in the area, an activity that makes her think about the past, the present and the future.
Walls of Light, various venues, Glasgow, from Thu 14 Oct. For further information see www.cca-glasgow.com