Ten CCW students have been chosen to work on the Jonas Mekas Diary Film Project, to accompany a major new exhibition of Mekas’ work at The Serpentine Gallery and a retrospective of his cinematic output, from 60s until recent works, at BFI Southbank, both taking place December 2012 – January 2013.
At the project’s core will be a series of practical film-making workshops run by no.w.here, in which participants will engage with Mekas’ artistic and methodological approaches to his work, including an exploration of the specific technologies he utilises. Participants are working towards producing a film personal response to Mekas’ body of work, with particular attention paid to the “diary film” mode.
The project provides an increasingly rare opportunity to work with the Bolex camera and shoot on 16mm film. In addition to the practical workshops, the BFI and Serpentine are hosting a series of screenings, talks and discussions to maximise understanding and engagement with Mekas’ work.
As part of this programme, there will be the unique opportunity to meet and interact with Mekas himself, truly one of the most influential and important figures in the history of artists’ film and video.
Follow the project at: http://diaryfilmworkshop.wordpress.com