Stills and Movies course at Hackney Picturehouse

Stills and Movies course at Hackney Picturehouse

6 week course every Wed, 7pm – 9.30pm from 7 May – 18 June
NB. There will no session on 11 June

Course Leader: John Digance

Tickets for the course are £75 / £70 concessions / £65 Members
To book please visit or call 0871 9025734

We have always wanted to tell stories with pictures and the relationship between the still and moving image has characterised creativity from the cave paintings of 30,000 years ago to the contemporary explosion of multi media and gallery work. The history of painting across cultures has always referred to narrative and implicit movement. Cinema uses the repertoire of painting and photography works with sequences: its book format is often a structured narrative. Contemporary work by Jeff Wall or Tracey Moffat, past work by Paul Strand, Man Ray or much earlier William Hogarth or the Bayeux Tapestry exploit the intense creative energy between stillness and movement.
The course explores the still/moving relationship through fiction film, documentary and artists film by diverse creative people like, John Akomfrah, Peter Greenaway, John Waters and Helen Levitt. It will appeal to those with an established film education or beginners. All you need is a love of cinema and images and an open enquiring mind.

Though not at all compulsory, course members who wish to will produce a short film which explores the relationship between stills and movies; stillness in movies, movement in stills. The films will be shown to the group in the last week. Students will need to have their own camera and editing facilities but ideas rather then high tech facilities are the focus.

WEEK 1: Introduction. Stills Narrative and Movement, from Cave Paintings to the Present Day. Brief for those who want to make their own work.
La Jetee, Contemporary stills and movies work.
WEEK 2: Film and Painting, narrative and movement
Wiliiam Hogarth, Peter Greenaway.
WEEK 3: Stills in Documentary film. Helen Levitt, Stills and Movies.
John Akomfrah, Stuart Hall Project.
WEEK 4: Movies and Stills.
Man Ray, Chris Marker. William Klein, Nan Goldin, Jeff Wall, Gregory Crewdson.
WEEK 5: Stills in fiction.
John Waters’ PECKER.
WEEK 6: Contemporay fiction.
Memento and student work.

About the Course Leader:
John Digance has a long term interest in the still/moving relationship. He is a 0.5 Senior lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire and has taught successful academic and creative courses in the University and Community Education Sectors in Britain, Sweden, Berlin, Budapest and China.