Hand and Machine - films by Dianna Barrie & Richard Tuohy


In collaboration with the newly established @Polar Film Lab
Hand and Machine: a screening of films by Dianna Barrie & Richard Tuohy
7pm Friday 18th November KURANT

This program presents seven recent film works from Australian DIY cine experimentalists Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie exploring the primitive apparatus of cinema and the relation between hand and machine.

2016, 17 minutes, 16mm, Richard Tuohy
Across the sea. Across the street. Cross processed super 8 footage of fraught neighbours Korea and Japan in grain focussed enlargement.

Blue Line Chicago
2014, 10 minutes, 16mm, Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie
Architectural distortions of the second city.

Last Train
2016, 12 minutes, 16mm, Dianna Barrie and Richard Tuohy
Found in the (now lost) archive of Lab Laba Laba, footage from a trailer for the Indonesian film ‘Kereta Api Terakhir’ (The Last Train) melts into a soup of chemigrammed perforations.
A film made in seven cities, and none.

Etienne’s Hand
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.

Ginza Strip
2014, 9 minutes, 16mm, Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie
The Ginza of fable and memory. This is the first film I have finished using the ‘chromaflex’ technique that we developed. This is a very much hands on colour developing procedure that allows selected areas of the film to be colour positive, colour negative, or black and white.

Dot Matrix
2013, 16 minutes, 2 x 16mm, Richard Tuohy
Dot Matrix is dual 16mm film involving two almost completely overlapping projected images. The ‘dots’ were produced by photogramming sheets of dotty paper (used for manga illustrations) directly onto raw 16mm film stock. These dots were then contacted printed with ‘flicker’ (alternating black frames) creating strobing ‘interruptions’ to the dots. The drama of the film emerges in the overlap of the two projected images of dots. The product they make is greater than the parts. The sounds heard are those that the dots themselves produce as they pass the optical sound head of the 16mm projector.

Dianna Barrie & Richard Tuohy live in Daylesford, near Melbourne, Australia. Both are artist working with analogue films and their works are shown at film festivals around the world. Together they run Nanolab in Australia – the specialist small gauge film processing laboratory. They actively encourage other artists to work with cine film through their Artist Film Workshop initiative (see artistfilmworkshop.org). Richard is also a founding director of the Australian International Experimental Film Festival.