Ska 1:46 - Ska 4:03 The Unseen Living Room Film Screening in association with FOAM Museum for Photography, Amsterdam

Murray, Matthew (2013) Ska 1:46 - Ska 4:03 The Unseen Living Room Film Screening in association with FOAM Museum for Photography, Amsterdam. In: The Unseen Living Room Film Screening in association with FOAM Museum for Photography, Amsterdam, Thursday 26th september, 2013, Unseen Living Room in het Machinegebouw Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Abstract

As part of Unseen Amsterdam 2013 Matthew Murray was asked to give a presentation before the screening of his two SKA moving portrait films. The presentation and screening were part of the The Unseen Living Room Film Screening in association with FOAM Museum for Photography, Amsterdam programme. 'I really like to place people in unfamiliar environments to see how they react, most people know what it is like to have their photograph taken and how to react. Asking someone to stand and look straight into the lens for a specific length of time while being filmed is completely different though. 'When being photographed people can deal with being uncomfortable for 1/125th of a second or a 1/500th of a second. Filming someone for a minute or two for example, really brings out the character of the sitter, the uncomfortable silence, what should I do, where should I look etc. This approach worked well the the 'Ska' series as people already have a general preconceived idea about skinheads, as stated by Jack who is 21 'I get quite a bit of stick from Nazi Skinheads about the way I look, neither me or the other subjects share their same racist views.' The moving stills film brings a vulnerability to the subjects that they can't hide from, together with the background sound from traffic passing outside the pub, the dull thud of the Ska music downstairs or the noise of laughing and chatting adds to the isolation of the sitter in an environment. Andy Warhol’s silent screen test of Edie Sedgwick and Bob Dylan and Anton Corbijn’s projections for the Depeche Mode Devotional World Tour in 1993, were real inspirations of how to approach the 'Moving Stills' Portraits.' Matthew Murray Dear Matthew, I have received your contact information. To start off; we are delighted to have included Ska 1:46 and SKA 4:03 in this year’s programme of Unseen and we would like thank you for your cooperation. Many thanks for the text on the film, I will make sure this gets to the Unseen editors. In the meantime I would like to ask you a couple more questions: - For the Unseen website and online programme we’d like to receive, if possible, an image and the corresponding credits which we can use to promote the screening of the film. Is this something you could send us? - I have understood that you were planning to come to Unseen already, is this correct? You would be welcomed as our VIP guest, so I will ask my colleague Fleur Schoonhoven (Unseen VIP Manager) to send you our VIP schedule. - Furthermore, we’d like to screen the film via a digital file. Would it be possible for you to send me a digital file of the film? -------- FOAM - Amsterdam

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ska, Music, Fashion, Film, Screening, Skinheads, Andy Warhol Moving Portraits, foam Museum, Unseen Amsterdam
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Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
T Technology > TR Photography
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Art and Design > Photography
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Matthew Murray
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2017 10:44
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 20:04
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4541

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