October 2014 Video Space
Rosalind Fowler: Folk in her Machine (2013)
1 - 31 October 2014
Timed screenings during Gallery opening hours: 12am / 2pm / 4pm / 6pm
Duration: 47 mins
Folk in her Machine starts and ends in London and is told from the perspective of a female narrator, who looks back over the archive of film footage she has collected over the years on her repeated visits to two seasonal folk customs in Britain - Mayday in Padstow and Haxey Hood in North Lincolnshire. Her voice is interspersed with those of people she has met on her journeys, who live in these places or travel back each year, describing the significance of the rituals for them. The film as a whole forms part of a wider reflection on the meaning of place and belonging in a global world, and a meditation on the nature of filmmaking. Shot on a combination of 16mm and digital cameras, the film is narrated by British actor Jodhie May.
Rosalind Fowler is an artist-filmmaker with a background in film, cultural geography and visual anthropology. Folk in Her Machine premiered at PLACE cross-platform festival, Aldeburgh, February 2014 (curated by Gareth Evans), and was screened at the William Morris Gallery in London on 6th March as part of a late-night opening of Jeremy Deller’s touring Venice Biennale piece English Magic. Past screenings include Plymouth Arts Centre throughout May 2014 to coincide with May folk celebrations in England, and Fundação Manuel António da Mota in Porto. Her previous film Rotunda (2007), was screened at BBC Birmingham, the Nordic Anthropological Film Festival, and 7” cinema (Birmingham).
She recently completed an AHRC-funded film as part of a practice-based Phd at LCC, supervised by artist filmmaker William Raban. Her recent work explores themes of place and belonging in the contemporary English landscape through performative and experimental/auto-ethnographic forms of enquiry. http://rosalindfowler.co.uk/
MK Gallery Video Space
Visit our first floor Video Space for free, monthly, changing programmes of artist made film and video. Looped screenings run throughout advertised gallery opening hours. Access via stairs or lift.