29th Feb 2012 6:00pm-8:00pm
Sallis Benney Theatre
Arts Practices and Performance Research Initiatives (APPRI) and the Image-Object- text Analysis group (IOTA) present an evening of documentary film by Mick Hawksworth, followed by discussion and debate
Filmmaker/designer Mick Hawksworth has produced two recent documentaries for Meridian TV and Pier Productions. One of them concerns the restoration of major rooms at Petworth House in Sussex, done to coincide with a current exhibition of Turner gouaches at Petworth. The other film concerns the convoluted history of Rodin’s ‘Kiss’, originally commissioned by a resident of Lewes and now in the collection of the Tate and also recently cleaned and renovated.
These films will be shown and followed by a discussion between Mick Hawksworth, Peter Seddon, Louise Purbrick and the audience.
The production of broadcast visual documentaries is a complex multi-skilled procedure requiring high levels of research, narrative drive, visual skills and the ability to engage with a target audience. It is different from, but related to the tropes and procedures of academic research and has increasingly close connections to expanded arts practice.
Formerly an ITN senior designer for Channel 4 News, Mick has produced and directed arts-based documentaries for ITV, Channel 4 and the BBC. He is a lecturer at the University of Brighton, Faculty of Arts and has worked collaboratively with other artists and photographers on education, video and installation projects. Recent work includes: filming and interviewing winners of the Teaching Awards for their website; a title sequence and stings for BBC Northern Ireland series Petrolheads; installation design for Blank Productions' ‘Reading in Reading’ - a site specific project throughout the town; a collaboration with the Unicorn Theatre and a photographer working with schools and a Pupil Referral Unit; an interactive DVD for a North Yorkshire Comprehensive on Assessment for Learning; and an interactive DVD on etching for the University of Brighton’s Fine Art Printmaking BA(Hons) course.
Mick is currently part of a team awarded a Big Lottery grant to film and document the industrial and social history of the Phoenix Iron & Steel Works in Lewes, East Sussex. The project includes training young people to film and interview ex-workers about their memories.
Hosted by APPRI and IOTA, the event should be of wide interest to: the faculty and the public; to academics and researchers; to those interested in museology, the historiography of exhibition practice and artworks; regional historians and media specialists, as well as students and staff. The discussion will reflect on the way knowledge is produced and manipulated in this form compared with standard academic research output.
There is no need to pre-book your place, but please arrive early to avoid disappointment.