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no.w.here Summer School 2014
The Right to Play Oneself

Left: Sharon Hayes. Below: Design by Helios Capdevila

no.w.here, 8 week course 23rd June - 15th August 2014, *REDUCED FEE* £600 members rate
**NEW REDUCED FEE** This 8 week course is £600 for members

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As part of a move to involve and invite a variety of participants, we are pleased to be able to offer five fully funded places for those who identify as low income, unemployed and out of formal education for at least one year.

The deadline for applications has now passed, and the funded places have been allocated. We look forward to welcoming the successful candidates to the no.w.here community!

no.w.here’s summer school The Right to Play Oneself is an 8-week programme that builds on our reputation as a vital community and site for the production, discussion and dissemination of practices engaged with the moving image, politics, technology and aesthetics.

Led by Ed Webb-Ingall, Summer School participants will come together to investigate, interpret and interrogate the role of collectivity, collaboration and performance through filmmaking. They will take part in a program of workshops, screenings and field trips as well as training in 16mm and digital filmmaking and editing. Our methodologies will draw from a breadth of practices and histories of collaborative filmmaking and collectivity.

Guests over the course of the summer school will introduce modes and methods of working, learning and making together from expanded approaches to film, video and sound through to fields such as writing, storytelling, anthropology, dance and theatre. In thinking and working in this way, participants will use ideas around collectivity to reflect on their own practice and ways of working as individuals outside of, or against the dominant ideologies of industrial filmmaking.

Enacting a range of methodologies from documentary through to performance techniques we will experiment with how a film or video project might reflect or embody the processes, politics or identities of those involved in its making. As Thomas Waugh, from who the Summer School takes its name, states: “If films are to be instrumental in the process of change, they must be made not only about people directly implicated in change but with and for those people as well.” Together we will ask “What constitutes a community now?”, “What does collectivity or collaboration look like?”, and conversely “What might actively not-participating look like?”

This year’s Summer School uses the model of the workshop to create a space that will perform the simultaneous function of film studio, laboratory, community centre, theatre, TV station and cinema. We will draw on moments and modes from history and theory, but eschew nostalgia and instead focus on storytelling, recreation and reimagining.

Ed Webb-Ingall is a filmmaker with an interest in exploring practices and forms of collaboration. He works with groups, using modes of collective filmmaking as a means to investigate themes of identity, history, politics and representation.

The school runs Monday-Fridays, 10-5.30pm, with Thursdays reserved for independent time in the lab. There will be 2/3 confirmed guests each week including: Jake Astbury, Cara Tolmie, Patrick Staff, Karel Doing, Phil Minton, Beatrice Gibson, Avery Gordon, Oreet Ashery, Massimiliano Mollona, Lucy Pawlak, Rehana Zaman, Sarah Pierce, Olivia Plender, Cinenova, James Holcombe.

£600 per participant (members rate)*

*You must become a member to get the new discounted rate. Join membership: http://nowhereshop.bigcartel.com/category/membership

no.w.here The Right to Play Oneself Booklet

Guest workshops led by artists and theorists

Guest artists have been invited to work with Summer School participants to explore ideas around collectivity and collaboration; the Summer School participants will be co-collaborators, conspirators and comrades.

The lab is the foundation of James Holcombe’s process, from which he will impart practical skills alongside multiple departure points for the exploration of the medium itself, whilst Jake Astbury will bring his creative and technical knowledge of the intersection of photochemical film and digital media into his workshop sessions.

Artists Cara Tolmie and Patrick Staff will collaboratively draw on their experiences of working with groups; to make new work that explores relationships between performers, audiences and institutions, using dance, theatre and filmmaking. Whilst filmmaker Karel Doing and experimental choirist Phil Minton will each use collaboration and improvisation in order to open up the potential of what might be possible in the space of the 16mm Laboratory.

Beatrice Gibson’s work often draws on improvisation and experimentation in order to challenge conventional notions of authorship and filmmaking. Writer, educator and radio producer Avery Gordon uses the written word as a means to develop new works, often with a focus on radical thought and practice; over the last several years she has written about imprisonment, war and other forms of dispossession and how to eliminate them.

Oreet Ashery also works with text, often in combination with live performance and the still and moving image, with an explicit interest in the exploration of the role of the body in everyday life and the appearance of the political in art.

Anthropologist, writer and filmmaker Massimiliano Mollona will work with artist Lucy Pawlak, drawing inspiration from the alienating production process of Brazilian telenovelas. Through a workshop and public event they will set up a rigid framework for the participants’ interactions, production and performances and reflect critically on the labour of filmmaking.

Both Rehana Zaman and Sarah Pierce collaborate with groups and gatherings in order to generate new work that examines moments of social and political resonance often to explore the potential for dissent and self-determination.

Olivia Plender will lead a workshop over a number of days, followed by a screening and discussion event. Plender’s work draws on a range of 20th century historical models within the fields of visual art, participatory theatre, alternative education, and the commune movement each sharing an attempt to critique hierarchical institutional structures.


Download a pdf for the public programme events series

Alongside the Summer School, a public events programme will draw out the themes explored in the workshops, bringing them into the open space of exhibition. One of these will be led by Cinenova, who will meet with Summer School participants to co-curate a screening. In doing so the group will look at the potential of the screening event as a form of distribution and a space of discussion.

The first of the six public programme events will take, as its starting point, the work of three very different and remarkable community video makers from the 1970s; Carry Gorney, Ron Orders and Ron Peck. Each of the filmmakers will be present to screen and talk about their work, much of which has not been screened since they were first made and shown. We are also fortunate enough to be able to show Sharon Hayes ’ film Ricerche: Three, made for the Venice Biennale in 2013 and not yet screened publicly in the UK , Hayes’ film will be introduced and contextualised by artist and writer Isla Leave r-Yap.

We will also present William Greaves’ 1968 experiment in Cinéma Vérité, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm. Like Ricerche: Three, Greaves explores the different ways that a film; through its production process, form and content, might enact or embody the politics or identities of those involved, whilst reflecting on the time or institutions out of the which the film was produced. Throughout the Summer School we will seek to ask questions of how to play with, and to challenge, the expectations and limitations of what it means to be both in front of and behind the camera.

The Right to Play Oneself is unique as it also combines theory with extensive hands on production workshops in our lab.

The Summer School also supports hands on workshops experienced in the Lab at no.w.here. This practice is crucial to the summer school, as we both highly value the experience of ‘thinking through and by the camera’ that will come through this contact time as well as the value of learning through making, practice as research. We are pleased to announce that I-Dailies have agreed to support the summer school with 16mm colour processing and telecine.

Summer School Timetable

Summer School Timetable 2014

A record of the last summer school can be found here by looking at past posts in 2013 and 2012 for June / July / August: nowhere open studio blog

• How to apply
The no.w.here summer school is now open for applications, which will be received on a first-come first-served basis. This course is open to 22 participants and we expect to fill the places quickly; if you are keen to join us please book promptly in order to avoid disappointment.

To book please call no.w.here on 0207 729 4494 or email info|at|no-w-here.org.uk Payment can be made by card over the phone.

Those paying in instalments can pay their deposit online: nowhereshop.bigcartel.com

• Prices
This 8 week course is £600 for full, student and associate of no.w.here. We are no longer taking bookings for non-members, but you can become a member when you book onto the course.

• Can I pay through instalments?
Yes. We know that for many people signing up to the Summer School is a financial commitment. We are therefore happy to take payments in two planned instalments. In order to secure your place, we will need a £300 deposit at the time of booking.

Following that payment, we will take a second and final payment of £300 on or before 11th July. Payments will need to be arranged by card or standing order.

• Where is my money going?
no.w.here is a not-for-profit organisation and the money generated from the fees for the Summer School go directly back into the running costs for the school (staffing, guest workshops, lab materials, studio space, film hire & screening costs). The Right to Play Oneself is priced so that it is self sufficient and can run without being dependent on corporate or commercial sponsorship. The fees go directly back into the teaching and facilitation and not into administration or other projects. In 2013 no.w.here was successful in getting a small grant from Tower Hamlets, and we have pass this small saving directly to our constituency.

• What can I expect?
A record of the last summer school can be found here by looking at past posts in 2013 and 2012 for June / July / August: nowhere open studio blog

• Is this only for film makers?
The course is open to all; participants without prior experience in film making will gain new skills in the lab, whilst those who have experience can build on both their practical and theoretical knowledge. But the course itself is designed for those wishing to deeply work on contemporary moving image practice and the interface of film and video with art, documentary, politics and other disciplines through theory and practice.

• How often can I access the lab?
Alongside a teaching session in the lab on Wednesdays (see timetable for details), the lab is open to summer school participants on Thursdays. Access to the lab on Thursday needs to be booked in advance individually or as groups; everybody will have a chance to do this during the eight week school.

• Can I volunteer to help out?
This year we were again overwhelmed by volunteers and so these posts have already been filled.

• Can I take the course in modules?
The course is not available in a modular format; participants are asked to attend the whole programme. 

• Do you provide accommodation?
Unfortunately we simply do not have the resources available to provide accommodation.

• Is this course accredited?
The Summer School is not accredited.

• Can you help me with my visa?
Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to support visa applications.

• Cancellations policy
In the event of no.w.here having to cancel or postpone a course you are entitled to a full refund. In the event that you cannot attend the summer school having booked a place, a 100% refund is available up until 10th may, 50% refund is available if you cancel by the 23rd May. We are sorry but absolutely no refunds can be made after this date. 

• Am I a no.w.here member once I have joined the school?
Yes — if you choose to join no.w.here to participate in the school. There are three types of membership; Full, Student, or Associate. Full or Student membership give you access to the lab once you have finished the summer school. You can read in full about the different categories of no.w.here membership here: nowhereshop.bigcartel.com/product/full-membership

• Does no.w.here offer an alternative to the Summer School?
While the Summer School is unique in its intensity, no.w.here also runs courses, screenings, critical seminars and artist workshops throughout the year and we remain committed to our basic ethos, that our lab and facilities can be accessed by anyone for £120 a year.

• What lab equipment and resources can I use over the summer school?
Over the summer school you are able to use Bolex cameras, light meters and lenses via a booking system. There is an allocation of 200ft colour film stock and HD processing per person through I-Dailies, and you are welcome to purchase black and white film as a member, which can be processed via no.w.here’s machines at member’s rates.

Latest Videos from Summer School Workshops

Summer School 2014: Cameraless Workshop

Summer School 2014: Cameraless Workshop from nowhere london on Vimeo.

Summer School 2014: Photograms Workshop

Summer School 2014: Photograms Workshop from nowhere london on Vimeo.

Summer School 2014: Bolex Rushes

Bolex Rushes from nowhere london on Vimeo.

Feral choir with Phil Minton

Feral choir with Phil Minton from nowhere london on Vimeo.

Summer School 2014: Hand Processed Colour Negative

Hand Processed Colour Negative from nowhere london on Vimeo.



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