Nov 20: Form/Content: Experimental Films by Richard Tuohy & Dianna Barrie
Australian filmmakers Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie are internationally renowned for their inventive 16mm filmmaking techniques, both in the camera and in the darkroom. Their films combine creativity, chemistry, invention and experimentation to culminate in a visceral synchronicity of form and content. Tuohy & Barrie will present a program of their recent experiments, including films made using their own “chromaflex” process, by which color print stock is selectively developed as color positive, color negative and black and white.
Tuohy & Barrie will conduct a filmmaking workshop on the chromaflex process on Thursday, November 21st (tickets are $25 and can be purchased via the VSW Online Bookstore).
2011, 13 minutes, 16mm, Richard Tuohy
A movement study of a restless hand. Made from one five second shot. Sound constructed from an old French folk tune played on a hand cranked music box.
Richard Tuohy 2016 16mm 11 min
Across the sea. Across the street. Cross processed images of fraught neighbours Korea and Japan in a pointillist sea of grain.
2017, 9 minutes, 16mm, Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie
Jakarta traffic moves with the harmonious chaos of complex self organising entities everywhere. Through contact printer matteing techniques this mass transport becomes denser and denser until only the fluid futility of motion/motionlessness remains. Jakarta traffic stands as proof of the paradox of motion
Blending and Blinding
Richard Tuohy, 11 minutes, 16mm, 2018
Screens and partitions; windows and shutters; grids, curves and arches. Three peoples, one country: Malaysia.
Dianna Barrie and Richard Tuohy 12 minutes, 16mm, 2016
Found in the (now possibly lost) film archive at Lab Laba Laba, footage from a trailer for the 1981 Indonesian propaganda film ‘Kereta Api Terakhir’ (The Last Train) melts into a soup of chemigrammed perforations. A film about the silence that follows the unspeakable; about blurred visions, untold histories and inaccessible archives.
Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie, 11 minutes, 16mm, 2019
Workers of the word, in yellow vests, building other people’s dreams.
China not China
Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie, 14 minutes, 16mm, 2018
Hong Kong marked 20 years since its hand over; half way through the planned 40 year ‘one country, two systems’ transition. Taiwan, once imperial China, once Formosa, now ROC on the edge of the PRC. Multiple exposures of street scenes distort space and place creating a fluid sense of impermanence and transition, of two states somewhere between China and not China.
The VSW Film Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by the ArtWorks program of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Crossing (trailer) (2016)
- Ginza Strip (2014)
- Pancoran (2017)
- Tuohy & Barrie image courtesy of Baltic Analog Lab