Dianna Barrie & Richard Tuohy visiting Vilnius

We are more than happy to welcome two of the most active experimental film artists from Australia, who are visiting Vilnius and Spongé studio from May 16th to the 19th.

Richard Tuohy runs Nanolab in Australia – the specialist small gauge film processing laboratory. He actively encourages other artists to work with cine film through his Artist Film Workshop initiative (see artistfilmworkshop.org). He is also a founding director of the Australian International Experimental Film Festival. Dianna BARRIE is an experimental filmmaker. She found her way into filmmaking as a middle ground between the pursuit of abstract music and philosophy. In 2006 together with Richard Tuohy she established Nanolab, which is a hand-processing lab for super-8 black-and-white and colour reversal film. This exploration has spread beyond individual work to the establishment of the Artist Film Workshop. In 2017 she made the film Inside the Machine with Richard Tuohy.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Richard was an active member of the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group. During this time, he was interested in narrative film making and made three long works on super 8 and 16mm. He then detoured into academic life for 7 years studying philosophy, first at La Trobe (where he received the David Hume honours prize for philosophy in 1995), then with an APA scholarship to undertake a PhD at the Australian National University (with a period in Germany).

After philosophy, Richard moved to Daylesford, built a house, and studied music and botany (privately) for some years. In 2005 he returned to filmmaking, but this time in the experimental/abstract cinema direction. In 2006 he and his partner started 'nanolab' as an artist run film laboratory offering super 8 processing. In 2009 he began submitting his films in international film festivals. Richard also helps to convene the Artist Film Workshop - a screening and educational forum in Melbourne for encouraging the use of film in art practice. He has run numerous AFW workshops both at nanolab and at AFW in Melbourne.

,,Mostly my films involve natural features or environments. These films have been described rather nicely as ‘earth animations’ and ‘landscape dances’. The connotations of both these descriptions appeal to me. I like to see my approach as a kind of cine-cubism: attending to and abstracting certain features from my subject through making temporal and graphic associations etc., without resorting to a prosaic depiction. I like to use formal structures to cut out (or rather, ‘abstract’ out) what I see as the 'fleshiness' of the particular. While often originating with images from nature, my films are at base about form, structure, time and pattern, rather than about content in any direct sense. Ultimately, they are more about ‘looking’ than ‘thinking’.'' - R. Tuohy

Dianna Barrie's film work could be characterised as "direct chemical" filmmaking involving interventions during hand processing and exacting editing and/or printing processes; they are then completed with simple layered sound constructions. This exploration has spread beyond individual work to her joint establishment in 2012 of Artist Film Workshop in Melbourne.

On the 19th of May we kindly invite people to Ozo hall for an amazing opportunity to meet both artists and to see the program ,,A Mexhanical Craft''. All the films will be screened using 16mm projector.