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We Cannot Unsee
Call for applications

Various dates throughout January, February and March 2015. Please see main page for full details.
Applications close at 5pm on the 31st December 2014.


We Cannot Unsee is a new and exciting collaborative project with no.w.here, BFI, University of the Arts London, and King’s College, and has been generously funded by the Wellcome Trust.

We Cannot Unsee will support 6 London based emerging artists* to make a short, experimental film supported by no.w.here, a visual research and development laboratory for artists. The work can draw upon the potentials for science ­fiction imagery and narrative to communicate the ways in which people experience a range of symptoms associated with psychiatric and brain disorders. The project will also seek input from those who experience such symptoms first hand.

By working with the medium of film, a visual form which offers alternative nonlinear, non - verbal impressionistic ways to convey lived experience, ­We Cannot Unsee aims to deepen our understanding of symptoms associated with patho-psychologies, and reassign agency to those who experience them.

The project takes its title from the description of ‘Palinopsia’, a condition whereby afterimages appear to linger in the mind after they have been seen.

The project will provide valuable training in photochemical filmmaking techniques, studio time at no.w.here in Bethnal Green, as well as materials. A stipend to cover expenses will also be provided.

The project will provide:
• Practical training in the use of film as a medium, as well as cameras, equipment, and resources housed at no.w.here
• Black and white 16mm film stock
• Dedicated access to no.w.here’s production space, as well as the darkroom and laboratory to explore chemical, mechanical, and optical techniques.
• Creative and technical mentoring from James Holcombe, artist
and no.w.here lab manager.
• HD telecine of works for use in digital post-production.
• A pack of texts and links to works online, as well as a guide to
resources and handouts for cameras / the darkroom.
• A stipend of £500 will be provided, to compensate for expenses

Project timeline:
• 31st December: Applications close at 5pm. Successful applicants will be notified on the 8th January 2015.
• 14th - 16th January inclusive: Creative film workshops at no.w.here, Bolex 16mm camera, and hand processing techniques and optical devices in response to texts.
• 21st January: Screening of rushes at BFI with scientists from
King’s College, no.w.here and BFI.
• February 11th - 13th / 25th - 27th / 4th and 6th of March
Practical lab sessions / shooting on and off-­site at no.w.here.
• In early March films will be telecined to HD at I-Dailies.
• 25th March: Deadline for digital material to be submitted to BFI.
• April: (date tbc) Public screening of work at the BFI, and online
launch of work no.w.here website.

Films made will be screened to the general public at BFI Southbank, made available to other venues to screen (including exhibition spaces at Kings College and no.w.here), exhibited online and distributed on DVD.

To apply:
Please submit via email a statement of no more than 1,000 words outlining why you feel that this project would benefit your practice and the development of your ideas, along with examples of your recent work to:
james.holcombe@no-­w­-here.org.uk

Please note that we are unable to enter into a dialogue in support of your application, but please do look at these FAQ whilst preparing your statement of intent.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is one film being made collectively or are we making films individually?
A: The project is for six individual films to be made, we do encourage collaboration in terms of sharing skills, ideas, time and resources.

Q: Is this for full-time students only, or can anyone apply?
A: It is open to all emerging artists, for our definition of an emerging artist please see below.

Q: Can participants explore a condition of their choice?
A: You are free to explore a condition of your choice.

Q: Is there scope for bringing in other collaborators, such as actors/performers, and could they be reimbursed for their expenses?
A: You may bring in other collaborators for your work, but this must be at your own expense. Please note that the no.w.here studio space is limited so collaborations should in the main happen off site.

* There is no exact and singular definition of an emerging creative artist. We seek to support artists who show significant potential, yet are under-recognised, by providing valuable training, studio time and materials as well as a high profile platform for their work. Examples of recognition might include exhibitions, critical reviews, commissions, performances, grant awards, residencies, fellowships, publications, and productions. We will prioritise applications coming from people who lack training in the equipment and techniques involved in this project.






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