Meet Mat Fleming - the first Artist in Residence at the College of Life Sciences - at 11am on Thursday February 19, in the WTB Seminar room (front) to learn about his work as a film-maker and artist. Mat is funded by the Leverhulme Trust to be embedded in the College until November 2015.
Mat will be working in collaboration with Dr. Alan Prescott (Senior Lecturer in Cell Biology and Academic support for Light and Electron Microscopy) and Dr. Sam Swift (Direct0r of the Dundee Imaging Facility) as well as any other interested scientists using the Imaging facility. The residency will consider the parallels in moving image making between art and science. Both film-making and microscopy are practices which have dramatically changed from analogue to digital formats. This residency will show the differences in practice and distinct contrasts between artistic and scientific expertise in image-making (using light, lenses, film and animation).
Mat Fleming works as an individual artist and in collectives responding to invitations to work within particular communities or to create work based around filmic processes. His work is characterised by a
materialist 'craft' approach in which he is manually involved in the production of the images on the filmstrip. He is a Director and founding member of Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle (founded 2006) which has an international reputation for excellence and independence. He is a founding member of the Film Bee (founded 2003), a filmmaking coop that runs a lab. It collectivises film equipment and works on collaborative films. Mr. Fleming’s artworks are usually shown at film festivals and exhibitions as installations, screenings and performed live works.
He has taken part in many residencies. His work has been shown internationally at venues including Rotterdam International Film Festival, Cambridge International Super8 festival, Cinema Nova (Brussels), Embassy Gallery (Edinburgh), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Cultural Olympiad London, Sheffield DocFest and as part of tours of the USA and China. He also works as a film technician to artists and arts venues, a music video producer, and an educator delivering workshops for artists, community and health-related projects.
Coffee and tea will be available in the LifeSpace gallery from 10.30am for a tour of the new exhibition, Material Concerns, with curator Sarah Cook followed by a short talk by Mat at 11am. The event is open to all staff and students across the University.