Hugh Metcalfe is a pivotal British artist and all round protagonist of music, film and beyond. He is the instigator and agitator of the frankly legendary freewheeling Klinker club, as well as being a key member of such renowned improvisatory poetry and music performance groups such as Birdyak, Fuck Off Batman, The Small Faeces, and The Extreme Quartet.
For over 30 years Metcalfe has also been shooting films on Super 8, documenting every aspect of his life from birth to death and everything in between. His resultant body of film work (two week’s worth of film and counting) veers between hysterical catharsis, shocking provocation, mutant home movie, and achingly beautiful, quasi-structural cine poem.
For this one off workshop (which coincides with Metcalfe’s tour in the UK playing his catalogue of films with special guests) Metcalfe comes to no.w.here to share his strategies for working with the Super 8 camera, as well as its affinity with music and improvisation.
On the morning of day one of the workshop Metcalfe will show a selection of his Super 8 works on film. Participants will delve into Super 8 filmmaking covering the basis of how the cameras work and some of the features available on different models, as well as examining the latest available film stocks.
Following a lunch break Metcalfe will then lead participants on a pre-determined walk, shooting the brand new Wittner Chrome 200D colour reversal super 8 stock. Day one ends with participants learning how a Lomo developing tank is loaded.
Day two begins with all participants learning how to operate a slow motion Super 8 projector, and then how to work with film in a direct and hands on way by scratching, drawing, painting and collaging over the image. In groups we will hand process the films. The course ends with a screening of the films from the workshop.
You may wish to use your own cameras on this course, although no.w.here provides basic models.
On the 14th November the workshop films will also be projected at Cafe Oto and live musicians, hand picked by Metcalfe, will provide an improvised score to the films.
Free entry to the Cafe Oto show will be given to all the workshop participants!
We anticipate a high demand for this workshop. Spaces are strictly limited to twelve people only and are offered on a strictly first come, first serve basis.
Hugh Metcalfe Vimeo from nowhere london on Vimeo.
This workshop is brought to you by no.w.here and Qu Junktions