This film is part of Free

No. 26

Take a few minutes to meditate on this mesmerising Super 8 experiment straight from the artist’s studio

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1986 Silent

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Meditate on the mesmerising movements and let this film transport you to clouds, nebulas or you wherever your fancy takes you. Time has engraved a lively layer of dancing scratches that bring their own rhythm over the billowing plumes of cloudy liquid. This film is possibly an early student experiment by Northern Irish artist Brian Connolly. It’s a rare glimpse into the kind of playful film making by local artists that was emerging from the Belfast School of Art.

This film is courtesy of Brian Connolly. He was born in Ballymoney, County Antrim in 1961 and was awarded an M.A. in Fine Art at the University of Ulster in 1985. He has been working as a professional artist ever since. As an artist much of his work has evolved out of a series of dialogues with the specifics of place, location, context, or site. He has created Interventions, Performance Art Works, Install-actions, & Installations, in a wide range of places around the globe, these include: Churches, Monasteries, Castles, City Streets, Alleyways, Market Places, Parks, a dry swimming pool, Beach, Funeral Parlour, as well as Art Galleries & Museums. You can watch more of his time-lapse experiments on BFI player.