Author: Sophie Dixon
Since starting my Master’s at the Netherlands Film Academy (AHK) I have been directing my energy toward a body of research documented on a separate site.
The blog is currently private but I’d like to open it to people who have similar research interests and may be interested in sharing ideas and collaborating. Over the next few months I’ll be posting more information on this site however in the meantime please email me if you would like to find out more.
As a follow up from a recent documentary workshop with Alexander Porter at Dutch VR Days, I’ve been working with Agisoft Photoscan to create some 3D models using photogrammetry. Below are a few examples, including items kindly lent by Nelis Antiques, Amsterdam displayed in the Universal Viewer.
I’ve just completed a video for the Bell Halsall duo. The duo, pianist Kate Halsall and electric guitarist Joel Bell performed an improvised electronic composition to the twenty minute video for their latest project, Horizontal transfer.
The video explores Coventry through themes of celebration, tradition, war, devastation, industry and regeneration and was compiled from archive footage from 1918 to the present day.
Still from the work [Running time 20 minutes]
I’m excited to be one of eleven students on The Master’s Degree Programme in Film at the Netherlands Film Academy.
During this two year course I’ll be pursuing key research aims through theoretical investigation and practical filmmaking.
22 – 23 August 2015, 11 am – 6 pm
Private View Saturday 22 August, 6 – 9 pm
[dis]place brings together three artists – Sophie Dixon, Claire Orme and Mai Spring.
Based in the UK and Finland their practices examine the broadly used notion of ‘Place’. Working across a variety of media the artists open a dialogue which traverses the fragile boundaries between reality and perception, challenging the very concept of stability between ourselves and the landscape around us.
The Private View will include live events. For more information please go to the website at www.dis-place.com
Here’s a follow up on the screening and exhibition held at the Turner Contemporary and Crate Project Space, Margate last weekend.
Installation shots at Crate project space
Screening La Mort de l’Arbre [Running time 15 minutes] at the Turner Contemporary
La Mort de l’Arbre / Time Pressure Decay
Turner Contemporary / Crate Project Space
August 15th & 16th
Inspired by a recent residency in the former mining town of Lens, Northern France, this exhibition explores memories of the coal mining industry and the physical traces left upon the landscape. Working across video, writing and sound, Sophie Dixon draws connections between seemingly disparate fragments of experience to examine the unifying power of memory. Resonating with the story of the Kent coalfield, this two day exhibition takes place between the Turner Contemporary and Crate Project Space in Margate.
‘La Mort de L’Arbre (running time 15 minutes) will be screened over the weekend at the Turner Contemporary accompanied by ‘Time Pressure Decay’, an exhibition of photography, text and research on display at the Crate Project Space.
La Mort de l’Arbre / The Death of the Tree (Running time 15 minutes)
‘Any point of a rhizome can be connected to anything other, and must be. This is very different from the tree or root, which plots a point, fixes an order.’
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus.
The coal mining industry dominated the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in northern France until the late 1980’s. The abrupt closure of the industry brought irrevocable change to entire communities, forcing them into a political and social struggle still evident today.
In 2012 the Louvre-Lens, a multi-million euro annex of the Louvre, Paris, was built in the former mining town of Lens. Like the Turner Contemporary, the Louvre-Lens was viewed as a catalyst to help regenerate the region through the arts. In the first quarter of 2015 Sophie Dixon undertook an artist residency in the town under the cross-Channel ADRT scheme, one of a series of art-based initiatives associated with the Louvre-Lens.
With its starting point in the striking landscape of Lens, La Mort de L’Arbre connects the coal fields of Northern France and Kent, assembling seemingly disparate fragments of experience to explore the unified significance of what it means to remember.
Still from La Mort de l’Arbre
Over the past few weeks I have been continuing to film the village of Srbska and its former residents who were exiled in 1946. This research formed the basis of my work to date, including my split screen film Wunschendorf.
I’m excited that a Portugese language version of Wünschendorf (2014) was included in this exciting project curated by Paola De Ramos.
Exhibition Lar/Home brought together the work of over forty artists from all over the world answering the question ‘what is “home”?’ through several media including painting, sculpture, installation, sound, photography, video, performance, poems and books. The idea came from organizer and curator Paola De Ramos, who after living in a foreign country for some years, started to ask herself about the physical, psychological and sentimental relationship at each place where she lived and people she met. On going back to her home country, she decided to create an exhibition to investigate further the theme of “home”. In her own home, where she lived for ten years, she invited artists to participate in this project and use all rooms as an exhibition space to show their interpretations and trigger a collective reflection of the meaning of home.
Using my residency in Lens as a starting point I’m currently developing a new body of work. I’m excited to announce that I will be showing this work in progress across the Turner Contemporary and Crate Project Space, Margate, this August.
Frame and reference have written a post about my recent residencies and forthcoming shows here.