Saturday 17 September 2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
An afternoon of talks and film screenings, with filmmakers and artists from On Your Face Collective.
Audio-visual artists and filmmakers from the Welsh creatives collective will be showcasing their artwork, followed by a Q&A.
Free, £3 donation welcome.
Call 01792 516900 or book online
Ren Wolfe (she/they)
Ren’s practice is a celebration and exploration of imaginative play. Through her work she excavates childhood memories to examine our relationships with self and the absurd. The work functions not only as separate pieces in conversation with a central theme, but as an ever-expanding world of interrelated characters and stories that defiantly eschew elitism in favour of humour and heart.
How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You 1.40min
From a series of videos centred around the fictional character Doxi Mylk – host of MylkTV and spokesperson of Marshall Brand Tuna Flakes. “How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You” is a gentle parody of influencer and online culture.
Crush 1 min
The piece is a visual poem that explores the homonym “Crush” using stream of consciousness poetry writing and imagery inspired by fetish videos.
Full Ren 4 min
“Full Ren” is a reflection and culmination of her practice over the past year; exploring themes of play, performance, and the building of imaginary worlds as a resistance to the tumultuous world around us.
Gemma Green-Hope (she/her)
Gemma Green-Hope is an animator, director and illustrator from Pembrokeshire.
Her work is inspired by nature, the mind, myths and memories. She makes short films, drawings, paintings, music videos and ads for clients such as Penguin Books, National Theatre Wales, The School of Life and Tate.
Modern Queer Heroes 5.7 min
Who are the queer heroes walking amongst us now or in recent times? A celebration of LGBTQ+ figures who have helped push forward culture and society a little more for the rest of us.
A collaboration during the 2020 quarantine between 14 LGBTQ+ identified animators around the world, the structure is based on the old Surrealist drawing game Exquisite Corpses.
Each animator nominated a hero then was given a different hero to animate, passing on their last frame to the next animator to form their first frame and so on.
A contemporary sequel to the original Queer Heroes vimeo.com/185201333 produced by Kate Jessop.
Jogo Cruzado – Gemma X Surma (tbc)
This project, produced by Culturgest, Canal180 and gnration paired filmmakers with musicians. Jogo Cruzado is a two-point game: a film by a filmmaker is given to a musician to make the soundtrack and, at the same time, a musical composition is given to a visual artist to create a short film. Welsh artist Gemma Green-Hope was paired with Portuguese musician Surma. This film is Gemma’s response to Surma’s composition. Gemma responded to the track through animation, filling a sketchbook with paintings and drawings that move with the music.
Efa Blosse-Mason (she/her)
Efa Blosse-Mason is a filmmaker from Cardiff who wrote and directed a short Welsh language film ‘Cwch Deilen/Leaf Boat’ which is currently on BBC iplayer.
Efa went to university at the Bristol School of Animation and her graduate film ‘Earthly Delights’ won the Royal Television Society Award for best student animation in 2019. Her work is usually focused on the themes of women, LGBTQ+ stories and nature.
Cwch Deilen/Leaf Boat 9min
Love can be scary, but it can also be life’s greatest adventure.
Cwch Deilen (Leaf Boat) is a Welsh-language animated short film telling the story of Heledd and Celyn, who navigate the undiscovered and murky waters of entering a new relationship. Through the bewitching power of 2D animation, this film explores the internal worlds of the characters’ emotions visualised through stormy seas.
Earthly Delights 3.44 min
Earthly Delights is about two gardeners who have different ways of dealing with snails. One wants nature to flow freely, whereas the other likes to chop everything into neatly pruned straight lines. This three minute film won the Royal Television Society award for best student animation in 2019.
Petros Kourtellaris (he/him)
Petros’ work touches upon many mediums, whether it be that of painting, installation, performance, writing. He regards himself as someone that picks each medium and uses them respectively like the tool they are given in the right circumstances. Queerness, fantasy and identity, chosen or hereditary are some of the themes that he likes to explore. Due to his background in set and costume design his work is genre defying as it exists between the avant garde and the commercial. Transformation is at the core of his work and it usually manifests in the creation of characters and environments that he inhabits.
IV 1.31 min
IV in the Urban terrain, 2020 1.29 min
The piece explores a costume created in response to a two part dream experienced in 2017.
IV explores identity adopted by costume and space, how does a state transformed into a costume go back to being influenced by its surroundings.
IV is a project that began to develop in 2017. By revising this work in 2020 Petros Kourtellaris attempts to place the work in the heart of Nicosia in contrast to the original piece. By doing so a friction between passerby and performer is created. This video aims to document this friction.
Filming and editing by DRE PHOTOWORK NICOSIA CYPRUS
Swan lake 4.30
As a Cardiff based designer and artist, working with Tactile Bosch in the beginning of the Covid19 pandemic on an installation at the Capitol shopping center, Petros quickly realized how these unprecedented circumstances required new ways of connecting with audiences. Using their social media platform he debuted a filmed performance piece that was filmed in the streets of Cardiff whilst combining surreal visual and classical music to explore the narrative of a fallen angel, a struggling swan, or in this case a duck. A larger metaphor for the messy ending to Petros’ graduate year and his introduction to the creative industry and freelance. The costume consists of remnants from another video performance work celebrating his grandmother but in this instance a new character emerges combining elements inspired by queer nights out in Cardiff and the larger context of street as a stage.
Robert Oros (he/him)
Robert Oros, born in Romania, is a photographer, video artist and curator based in Cardiff. His artistic practice explores different socio-political themes with an emphasis on minorities, with current projects focusing on the refugee crisis and the LGBTQ+ community. The work observes individual representations during periods of upheaval.
IDLE (2022)10 minutes
The foundation of this performance comes form an understanding of what it is like to experience your queer adolescence against the backdrop of a small heteronormative town, where patriarchal ideas dominate and suffocate. The lack of exposure to nearby representation of queerness led us to turning to the internet and to technology, in an attempt to find a place to belong. IDLE, with its performative elements, uses the screen as a point of focus; a place of both connection and separation; of coming together but remaining apart. The performers are stripped from any form of expression, guided to only express themselves via their available portable gadgets and by enacting iterations of pre-recorded performances. The sound from the instruments and from he phones are merging together, while versions of the performances are duplicated, producing tensions and creating a multi-dimensional experience. IDLE presents an experimental observation on contemporary interpersonal communication, technology and identity, while exploring the paradoxical effect of both relational connection and the physical separation that it creates.