Cherry Kino

Cherry Kino

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

My film 'Nail Art'

I'd like to share some images and writing about my latest film piece on 16mm, 'Nail Art'.



'Nail Art' is a 16mm film shown as a loop, and made entirely using nail varnishes and nail stickers as my materials. It's a visceral response to the craze for nail art, and considers whether nail art is wholly at odds with female freedom, as an activity that requires maintaining a veneer at the cost of empowered physical action in the world, or whether it's a modern-day equivalent to patchwork and a piecing together of feminine community and the emergence of a fresh and active aesthetics.



Nail varnish and filmmaking do have some parallels - both involve toxic chemicals coming into contact with lungs and hands, both contain organic substances (keratin / gelatine respectively), and both can be somewhat preserved through the use of a sealant (clear top-coat / film guard). I chose to make my film on 16mm Ektachrome, a film stock now discontinued and considered perhaps 'dead'. The film you see is the original, which I processed with my hands, and which will progressively become more and more worn by the projector as it loops again and again. I won't try to 'patch up' my film (or nails). I will let it gloriously scratch and wear off through being well and truly used. Nothing is pristine. Underneath their attractive coatings, nails are full of bacteria and dirt. My film is living and dying at the same time, perpetually moving. Nails keep growing after death. Is the same true for analogue film?



'Nail Art' is currently installed at the Vantage Art Prize, where it is contending for the prize! Public voting takes place tonight, Thursday 21st February, between 6pm and 8pm! Wish me luck!







x Martha

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Super 8 Workshop - Make a Black and White Film!

Black and White Super 8 weekend workshop! Deadline approaching!
Learn to shoot and hand-process your very own black and white Super 8 film in this excellent 2-day workshop on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February, run by Cherry Kino and hosted by Smiths Row Gallery in Bury St. Edmunds, Cambridgeshire. This is a fun and intensive workshop that is perfect for complete beginners as well as those who are already familiar with Super 8, with a lot of information packed into the 2 days that you might not come across otherwise. Learn how to operate a variety of different cameras, from budget up to top-end, learn about which film stocks are available and what they do, and put some tips and tricks into action as you shoot your film. Not only will you shoot your film yourself, you'll also hand-process it, in a method that, once learned, is easy to recreate at home in your bathroom! Cherry Kino aims to demystify analogue film processes, and to reveal just how accessible Super 8 can be. We will also cover home telecine (digitisation) methods, so you can continue to work on your film using digital programs. The workshop will also cover alternative processing methods, such as using coffee as a developer, and camera-less filmmaking!
Super 8 is such a beautiful film format - shooting real film is not just for the rich and famous, it's accessible, economical, and open to anyone and everyone! The workshop will take place in Bury St. Edmunds, a stone's throw from Smiths Row Gallery. The booking deadline is this Monday 11th Feb at 5pm, and there are only 3 places left, so book as soon as possible to get yourself a place! The workshop has a maximum number of 8 participants so you get a really intensive workshop, over 2 days (Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February, 11am - 5pm both days), and the cost of the workshop is £100 which includes all materials (including one whole film cartridge per person), and tea, coffee and biscuits of course! There will also be a really nice evening screening event for all the workshop participants from 7pm on Sunday evening at Abbeygate Picture House, where we will show the films made on the workshop alongside other Super 8 works collected by the Cambridge Super 8 Group - optional but recommended! Booking is by contacting Smiths Row by telephone on: (+44) 01284 762 081 - deadline is Monday 11th Feb (this coming Monday!) You can also book on their website in the 'events and education' section - www.smithsrow.org You can also reach me by email if you have any extra questions at: cherrykinocinema@yahoo.com Hope to see you then!

x Martha