You Spoke in Colours
Taking inspiration from Noski Deville’s Loss of Heat, artist Eva Louisa Jonas created a workshop that explored and experimented with found imagery, collage materials, and slide projections to visualise a dream, memory, or something in-between. The workshop built on process rather than outcome and touched on ideas surrounding creative play and futures, intuition, and queerness. This page acts as a repository for the time shared.
The group reworked 35mm slides to retell a dream or memory and each film can be watched on the slideshow. The booklet below holds a collection of responses from prompts that included text collaging using paper cut outs, listening lines, and sensory lucky dip with Dandelion, Knife, Brush and Apple.
Heartfelt thanks to those who joined the workshop and to Cinenova for inviting Brighton CCA to be a partner on the project.
Eva Louisa Jonas is a visual artist, facilitator, and co-founder of the platform UnderExposed. She uses photography to explore the processes by which people situate themselves within landscapes, often focusing on its expression in trace, gesture, and ritual. Eva’s first book Let’s Sketch the Lay of the Land was published in October 2020 with a Parisian publisher, September books. She is currently the lead facilitator for the Photoworks West Sussex LGBTQ+ Photography club. Here she facilitates sensory and group-based exercises, to look at the repurposing and reordering of images to explore how queer histories resonate with a present queer experience.
The Work We Share gathers a number of films which previously existed in precarious conditions; in some cases, with negatives being lost or distribution film prints being the only copy. This programme intends to acknowledge Cinenova’s interdependency: from organisation, to filmmakers, cultural workers, communities, and individuals. How can we acknowledge our interdependent relationships? How can we recognise our place in a network of communications, relationships and resources, particularly as an un-funded volunteer organisation? What different strains of labour does our work rely on? How do we sustain this work mutually? Cinenova invited partners to support the screening programme through a series of workshops that continue a commitment of feminist filmmaking as a tool and framework for community cohesion, consciousness-raising and anti-racist education.
Cinenova is a volunteer-run charity preserving and distributing the work of feminist film and video makers. Cinenova was founded in 1991 following the merger of two feminist film and video distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women, each formed in 1979. Cinenova currently distributes over 300 titles that include artists’ moving image, experimental film, narrative feature films, documentary and educational videos made from the 1910’s to the early 2000’s. The thematics in these titles include oppositional histories, post and de-colonial struggles, representation of gender, race, sexuality, and other questions of difference and importantly the relations and alliances between these different struggles.
Cinenova offers access to an extensive archive and advice relating to moving image work directed by makers who identify as womxn, transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non–binary. Cinenova is informed by its history as a key resource in the UK independent film distribution sector and internationally.