'AT THE FAIR'
FILM & FISH N' CHIP NIGHTS
SAT 1ST SEPT
THURS 6TH SEPT
SUN 9TH SEPT
By the site of Old Fun City,
area of Pipe Street/on Prom
Come and watch the films whilst having some Fish n'Chips from St Andrews Kiosk on the Prom
A collection of artist silent film shorts alongside rarely seen archive footage, curated by Emma Macleod+Rosy Naylor.
‘Fun City’ (1966) STV 09:20
‘Play Ball’ Craig Murray 03:31
‘Unfairground 2’ Chris Dooks 04:36
‘Initial Prospect - Dungeness’ Ben Barton 04:03
‘The Wheels on the Bus’ Bill Millett 04:06
‘Letta’s High Class Entertainers’ (1923) 03:00
‘/string’ PNEUMA (2018) 04:40
‘Accretion’ Chris Dooks 02:21
‘False Pleasure’ Ad Howells (2018) 12:00
‘Flyers’ Lynn Dennison 01:47
‘Teign Spirit’ Kayla Parker & Stuart Moore 02:50 (2009)
Supported by funding from Portobello & Craigmillar Neighbourhood Partnership.
A rare chance to see this film from 1966 with reporter Bill Tennent talking to the proprietor of Fun City, Portobello, about public perceptions of fairgrounds and plans for the Fun City site. A true gem! [subtitled]
Ad Howells 2018
A kidnapped clown is watched by a man, who enjoys seeing him suffer, thinking that the clown is performing for a show. When he realises that the clown is trapped he torments him before suffering the consequences of his actions. This newly commissioned film for ‘At the Fair’ explores the borders between performance and reality. Filmed at Portobello Beach.
Craig Murray 2016
“After winning this footage entitled “demo reel of a Russian contortionist 60’s /70’s”, in an auction, I first got to watch it. It was super 8, roughly 200 ft., and beautiful. From then it sat in a box waiting for the right project. After 4 years I had the opportunity to put the footage to a beautifully haunting song. The film was professionally scanned to 2k digital and I edited it to the music over a week.”
Ben Barton 2009
Filmed in the style of a nostalgic home
movie, ‘Initial Prospect’ follows two friends on a journey to Derek Jarman’s famous
‘nuclear’ garden at Dungeness.
After imbibing on the shingle of this east bloc seaside landscape, they explore and
enter the famous cottage... returning giddy from their trip to Oz...
Chris Dooks 2009
‘Unfairground Two’ is part of a suite of works from a show commissioned by An Tobar in Mull and Market Gallery in Glasgow on Scottish Fairground Travellers. The show featured work by Mitch Miller and Chris Dooks.
'THE WHEELS ON THE BUS'
Bill Millett 2018
The work is premised on the nursery rhythm “ The wheels on the bus“ within the context Samsara, (the wheel in Sanskrit ).
Samsara never ending karmic circle of life where by atoms recycled into the ecosystem of nature, (law of conservation of matter). Filmed on Portobello beach and fairground Glasgow, why worry enjoy life...
Anne & Tony King 1981
Home movies - courtesy of Anne & Tony King -
documenting the Victorian Splash events of the 80s on Portobello Prom with the whole community dressing up for the occasion.
(excerpts to be shown. Full length dvd will be screened at Bellfield during AWP18)
'LETTA'S HIGH CLASS ENTERTAINERS'
A trailer for Letta’s pierrot troupe, a
popular local group of entertainments in
Portobello in the early 1900s.
Chris Dooks 2015
“Accretion” is a promo film for Chris’ last album on French label Eilean Records made by Mathias Van Eecloo and features fairground archive footage edited to ambient music created in a residency in Germany.
PNEUMA (Francesca Ricci & Gaston Gorga) 2018
/string explores the boundaries between the Human and the Digital. It references CAPTCHA technologies, where a machine presents a test to tell Humans apart from Computers.The visual components interact as pieces of a puzzle in search of a final pattern, as the imagined dream of a machine made from fragments of Human representation.
Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore 2009
Silent memories, coloured by the present. The Jones family holidayed in the seaside resort of Teignmouth from 1934 to 1939, their summer activities captured forever on 8mm black and white film. A lifetime later, the town is still here: ships in the docks, bathers on the beach, people promenade...
Commissioned by Animate Projects for CABE’s Sea Change initiative
Production: Sundog Media
Lynn Dennison 2017 1923
‘Flyers’ is one in a series of works examining human interaction with nature and the idea that people engage in challenges with nature in order to reconnect with the sublime. Using footage of trapeze artists practicing on an open air rig, ‘Flyers’ concentrates on the moment the trapeze artist falls to the safety net.
OTHER SCREENINGS DURING ART WALK PORTY
'STRAWBERRY OR VANILLA'
Tracey Fearnehough & Holger Mohaupt
FILM SCREENING AND Q+A
SUN 2ND SEPT, 2PM, BELLFIELD
Sunburned necks, tight superman T-shirts and queues of wooly hats.
Seasonal observations in the life of an ice-cream seller in North Berwick.
Produced by Room 8 Studio, a small visual art collective based in North Berwick, making films, often based around local communities, with a strong research interest in place, landscape, memory and creative storytelling.
David Williams, in collaboration with Lee Patterson
SAT 2ND + SUN 8TH, 11AM-1.30PM
BELLFIELD CELEBRATION HALL
A sound and image piece that innovatively captures the mood of the Portobello Big Busk in all its diversity. Myriad busking performances and snippets of conversation naturally blend into each other, recorded during evenly paced walking from one end of the promenade to the other. Slow-dissolve photographic images also play their part in this atmospheric, immersive celebration of what has become one the most eagerly anticipated events in Portobello’s summer calendar.
The Art Walk Porty event builds on Portobello's diverse creative community and its unique coastline with site specific art, art houses, popup art in local shops and venues, and a maker's market, each year arranged around a different local walk of Portobello. We showcase quality contemporary art, supporting emergent artists as well as having an invited artists programme, forging links with local shops and related organisations with a collaborative approach. The event engages the local community and wider audiences to a rich and diverse programme.