Artist Residency at Exploding Appendix

Studio Diary Series 2018 Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais

As many of you will know, we spent 2018 as artists-in-residence at Exploding Appendix, for this we embarked on an epic in depth interview about our work, focusing on a different project each month and digging deep into the themes, processes and ideas relating to that particular work. This was an incredible, at times intense, but thoroughly rewarding experience. The first 11 interviews are now complete and available to read online; the 12th instalment, which will cover the two feature films we are currently editing, will be conducted later this year and will be included in a book compiling all the interviews.

For now here’s the 11th interview, in this instalment we discuss the 109 short films we made in 2017/18. Read here

Thank you so much to everyone who has been reading and following our work over the past year and of course many thanks to Exploding Appendix’s Bradley Tuck for his ongoing support and collaboration!

Daniel & Clara
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An Interview in 12 Parts. Part 10: Black Sun

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Here is Part 10 of our year-long interview which is being conducted by Bradley Tuck as a part of our artist residency at Exploding Appendix.

In this instalment we discuss our film Black Sun (2017), an experimental feature exploring a ritual journey through darkness.

Black Sun is a film about crisis, about facing despair, depression and hopelessness, it’s not about fixing it but entering it, going through it, facing it and seeing what it is. It is a film about descent, and surrendering to a dark unknowing. It relates to all the great night journeys of the human soul, long dark nights, wastelands and experiences of the underworld, which for us are essentially journeys of deep transformation and integration of opposites.”

“We personally wouldn’t classify our work as queer, in a way our films are made for the future, for a time when we no longer require these kinds of labels, we understand that they are important and useful both personally and politically but for us we don’t feel the need to define our work in this way, we try to avoid any label that would hinder the audience confronting the work on its and their own terms. So that is not to say that there isn’t something to gain by looking at our work through a queer lens, to consider how gender is explored throughout our work, but we should leave that for the viewers to reflect upon themselves.”

Read the full text:
An Interview in 12 Parts. Part 10: Black Sun

Many thanks to Exploding Appendix’s Bradley Tuck for his ongoing support and collaboration!

Daniel & Clara
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An Interview In 12 Parts. Part 9: The Kingdom Of Shadows

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Here is Part 9 of our year-long interview which is being conducted by Bradley Tuck as a part of our artist residency at Exploding Appendix.

In this month’s instalment we discuss our feature film The Kingdom Of Shadows (2016), our personal reworking of the Adam & Eve story inspired by dreams, family history & silent movies.

“As this film deals with origins it is on one level a personal exploration of our own origins, our own childhoods and particularly our family history, dealing with the stories of our ancestors and the communities we grew up in, and unpicking how our psychological condition is shaped and influenced by these things. We asked ourselves what do we carry from the past that restricts us in the present and how can we release ourselves from these things, how can we break the curses that cast shadows over our lives.”

“In our film it is almost like every character is simultaneously a ghost and is haunted by something or someone, the house itself is haunted by the family as the family are haunted by the house. Everyone and everything here is possessed by something.”

Read the full text:
An Interview in 12 Parts. Part 9: The Kingdom Of Shadows

Many thanks to Exploding Appendix’s Bradley Tuck for his ongoing support and collaboration!

Daniel & Clara
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An Interview In 12 Parts. Part 8: In Search Of The Exile

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Here is Part 8 of our year-long interview which is being conducted by Bradley Tuck as a part of our artist residency at Exploding Appendix.

In this month’s instalment we discuss our film In Search Of The Exile (2016), while shooting off onto various topics, including sound design, the relationship between painting and cinema, the differences between experimental film, video art and arthouse film, plus lots more!

“If our films can be an opportunity for a kind of experience in which each viewer’s imagination can be activated somehow, become aware of themselves, of their perception, their expectations, their thought processes, their feelings, their senses – and in that moment to be alive, engaged and creating their own meaning – then we’re happy.”

“The effect of sound is very physical and, in cinema, sound can be even more effective than the image in grounding our experience, it has an immediate visceral impact that tells us where we are, what the space is, and how things are spatially related to us. We like to experiment with this and have been exploring the various possibilities of how image and sound can interact. With the films of this period we were interested in using sound to create a first person experience for the viewer but not always one where they are entirely sure what they are hearing, we like to create unexpected associations between image and sound, disruptions and discontinuities that make the audience feel something that goes beyond an experience of just eyes and ears, it is activated in their bodies then expanded upon by their imaginations.”

Read the full text:
An Interview in 12 Parts. Part 8: In Search Of The Exile

Many thanks to Exploding Appendix’s Bradley Tuck for his ongoing support and collaboration!

Daniel & Clara
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Into the MothLight Podcast Interview

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Earlier this year we were invited by Jason Moyes to be interviewed for Into The Mothlight podcast, which is dedicated to artists’ moving image, experimental film and installation art in the UK.

As we were unable to meet in person he sent us a list of questions which we recorded our answers to. Topics include our collaboration, mythology, dreams, cinema, performance and our personal thoughts about contemporary moving image making.

Listen here: https://tinyurl.com/yaeqey7j

Thanks so much to Jason for inviting us to take part in his fantastic podcast!

Daniel & Clara
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An Interview In 12 Parts. Part 7: The Quest For The Cine-Rebis

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Here is Part 7 of our year-long interview which is being conducted by Bradley Tuck as a part of our artist residency at Exploding Appendix.

In this month’s instalment we discuss our film/manifesto The Quest For The Cine-Rebis (2016), while shooting off onto various topics, including artist manifestoes, Arthurian quests, alchemy, creativity, feet and shoes, the politics of film funding, spirituality, gender and more!

“For us the title of a film is like an egg that can be opened and inside you can find the entire universe of the film, if you could somehow ingest the title then the film would play in its entirety within your mind and you would know it throughout your whole body. In our work a title nearly always comes at the very beginning of a project, it guides us strongly through the forming of the film. From that short couple of words we are able to unravel the core purpose of the production. Sometimes our titles totally baffle us but we stick to them anyway and trust in them to guide us through the creative process. They are instinctively chosen, so they have a wisdom that is beyond our conscious mind, it is so fascinating to speak with them as if they are characters and learn from them. The Quest For The Cine-Rebis is a very direct title, it offers the three central motifs essential to this work: the mythological quest, the alchemical work and the medium of cinema.”

Read the full text:
An Interview in 12 Parts. Part 7: The Quest For The Cine-Rebis

Many thanks to Exploding Appendix’s Bradley Tuck for his ongoing support and collaboration!

Daniel & Clara
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An Interview in 12 Parts. Part 6: FILM PANIC Magazine

Daniel Fawcett & Clara Pais

Here’s Part 6 of our year long interview which is being conducted by Bradley Tuck as a part of our artist residency at Exploding Appendix.

In this installment we discuss our publication Film Panic Magazine, the ins and outs of our writing process, some key books that have influenced us, and the many contemporary artist filmmakers we have interviewed including Rouzbeh Rashidi, Gurcius Gewdner, Hooroo Jackson, Toby Tatum, David Finkelstein, Sarahjane Swan & Roger Simian, Marnie Weber, Scott Barley, Atoosa PourHosseini, Janja Rakuš and Susu Laroche.

“Creative work has its own authority and we are not interested in illustrating any particular theory or anyone’s ideas, not even our own, sometimes the films themselves do not necessarily illustrate our film philosophy, they might even contradict or expand it beyond where we had previously reached with words. Our writing is always an attempt to catch up with ourselves, understand what we are doing and find clues of where we might be heading next.”

“The magazine will no doubt continue to transform and we are not precious about where it goes, for us Film Panic is our public journal and workbook, it is a place to gather our research and document the projects that excite us, so as our work as filmmakers evolves the magazine will too, and it could take us anywhere!”

Read the full text:
An Interview in 12 Parts. Part 6: Film Panic Magazine

Many thanks to Exploding Appendix’s Bradley Tuck for his ongoing support and collaboration!

Daniel & Clara
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