Organise! Produce! Distribute!

-On creating long term production situations for artist cinema.

An international two-day event in Kabelvåg, Lofoten, with artist filmmakers, producers, production collectives and institutional representatives who discuss the possibilities and necessities of the still emerging but highly influential field of artist cinema, and the relationship between the works, their critical potential and their production structures.

The event is organised by Knut Åsdam, Lene Berg and Nordland kunst- og filmfagskole in collaboration with LIAF 2017 and chaired by Mike Sperlinger, Professor of Theory at Khio, Oslo. It is supported by Norsk Kulturråd/The Norwegian Arts Council, Nordland Kunst og Filmfagskole and LIAF 2017.

The overarching question is how does one create situations for long term work for artist-produced cinema and create stability in production over a series of works?

Solutions for traditional filmmaking and art production do not work for artist cinema, and are stifling production in many regions. We must think structurally differently, based on the actual work and build new strategies from the works outwards. What might happen, for example, if we tried inverting some of the conventional structures of film and art – whether of production, commissioning or distribution?

The event, asks for vision of how can we think, creatively and practically, about organisation, production and distribution structures in a collaborative European context that work for this newly developed field.

Panel participants include Sven Augustijnen/Auguste Orts, Liz Rosenfeld/Nowmomentnow, Katja Eyde Jacobsen/Alternativet, Marti Manen/Statens Konstråd, Bo Krister Walström/KORO, Benjamin Cook/Lux, Filipa Ramos/Vdrome, Melanie Fieldseth, Leif Magne Tangen/Tromsø Kunstforening, Mike Sperlinger, Lene Berg, Knut Åsdam.

– Organisation for production in an European and in a local e.g. Scandinavian context. The role of networks, informal or via institutions for commissioned art works in public space.

11:00 – 11:30 Break w snacks.

Midday: 11:30 – 13:30 Film og den frie tanken – diskusjon om en ny finansieringsform for kunstnerprodusert film i Norge.

PROGRAM:

DAY 1:
Morning: Kl 9:30 – 10:00 Welcome and coffee, with an introduction to the event by Knut Åsdam and Lene Berg.

Morning: 10:00 – 12:00 Production

Can we rethink the organisational structure and put the work in the centre?:
– Why have alternative organisational models evolved in different parts of Europe? What were they responding to in their local contexts, and how have they attempted to invert conventional production processes?
– Followed by a discussion on other production structures, inverted structures, potentials and functions of self-organising etc.
– The school as an active producer
– How has this difference in production structure made different films possible?

Lunch: 12:00 – 13:00

Afternoon 13:00 – 14:30 Commissioning and distribution

Institutions need to rethink commissioning, artists to be less passive.
Let’s rethink how works are commissioned, and by whom. Away from a passive role for the artists.
– What does it mean when something is a commission within our context, and what does commissioning determine, if anything?
– Film as work in and for public spaces.
– Flexible commissioning of new films,
– Self-organising, self-commissioning. Artists using a work-sessions model. Working artist-organised and internationally.
– How is are these issues linked to distribution?:

Distribution! Forget the past. Find, make and expand!
We are not bound to traditional means of distribution like cinemas, film festivals, TV, or galleries. We can use them in as far as they are accessible, but what different and other ways of distribution can we think of?
– New distribution networks for artist run cinemas and galleries?
– Exposing the work to uncontrollable audiences. Inserting film into every-day life. Moving image in public spaces.
– Setting up dedicated spaces on and off line.
– New technological perspectives.
– Does different distributional ideas facilitate different ways of working for the artist?

14:30 – 15:00 Drinks and introduction of the evening’s programme of films and dinner.

15:00 – 16.30 Filmmakers in focus: Sven Augustijnen and Knut Åsdam, moderated by Lene Berg.

18:00 Dinner
Evening dinner followed by programme of films
. Among others: Films from Lux, Nowmomentnow, Auguste Orts and Statens Konstråd.

Day 2:

Morning: 9 – 11. Feed the beast! New funding structures in-between traditional film and art funding. what are the options?
Can we rethink existing funding structures, invert them and initiate new ones? How does the financing influence the films it is possible to make?
– Funding models e.g. from “free stage art”.
– Dutch artist film commissioning. How does this influence the process and result?
– Organisation for production in an European and in a local e.g. Scandinavian context. The role of networks, informal or via institutions for commissioned art works in public space.

11:00 – 11:30 Break w snacks.

Midday: 11:30 – 13:30 Film og den frie tanken – diskusjon om en ny finansieringsform for kunstnerprodusert film i Norge.

Bachelorutstilling 2017