And they’re back! Cameras and spent Super 8mm film are starting to arrive at the door from participating families. Looking forward to processing the film and seeing what treasures are inside. My older sisters spoke about when our Dad use to receive back a processed roll of Super 8mm film back after a holiday, and what an exciting moment it was. They made real ceremony of setting up the projector, the sheet as a screen and being nominated ‘the light girl’ to turn off the lights. They described the ritual as “releasing the butterfly”. I’m loving the little notes that are coming back written on the rolls of film from the families – “pretty sure this ones ok”, we had a bit of trouble with cartridges jamming unfortunately.
The families participating in our new Arts Council England funded project ARTICLE 16 will be receiving their equipment soon! Their boxes will include a Super 8mm camera circa 1976-ish, boxes of Kodak colour reversal film and their welcome pack. The families have been asked to simply film and capture their family moments, creating classic home movies. The project will result in a video art piece of LGBTQI+ families using a format that has been traditionally associated with the typical ‘nuclear family’. As explained in their packs: “It’s a way to playfully insert ourselves as queer people and families into a shared cultural memory as a way to challenge certain assumptions about what makes a family, to increase our visibility, and to carve out some space.” Really looking forward to what comes back. https://jhg.art/events/asten-holmes-elliot-article-16/