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Where I Am - Artists’ Moving Image and the work of Margaret Tait


  • The Pier Arts Centre 28-32 Victoria Street Stromness Kw16 3AA
Film still from O.K. Rick by Florrie James

Film still from O.K. Rick by Florrie James

A weekend of screenings and events by;

Torsten Lauschmann
Charlotte Prodger
& Florrie James

alongside selected films by the Orcadian filmmaker and poet
Margaret Tait (1918-1999)

Programme of screenings and events:
Thursday 7th May
7.00-9.00pm Workshop with Torsten Lauschmann
A workshop with filmmaker Torsten Lauschmann on Real-Time Multi-Screen Video Projections.

Friday 8th May
7.00-8.30pm Film Screening and talk by Torsten Lauschmann
A selection of single screen films by Torsten Lauschmann, including elements of his 2010 Margaret Tait Award film At The Heart of Everything is a Row of Holes, shown alongside Margaret Tait’s film Palindrome (1964).

Saturday 9th May
2.00-3.30pm Film Screening by Florrie James
Screening of O.K.Rick by Florrie James 2014 Margaret Tait Residency recipient, shown alongside a selected Margaret Tait film.
4.30-5.30pm Walk and Talk by Florrie James
A walking tour of Stromness, looking at piers and houses, and how ‘Udal’ law has helped shape the town.
7.00-8.30pm Film Screening by Charlotte Prodger
Screening of Stoneymollan Trail Charlotte Prodger’s 2015 Margaret Tait Award film, shown alongside Margaret Tait’s film A Portrait of Ga (1952).

Where I Am is a generative touring project, which explores a deep history of artists’ moving image in Scotland over the past 100 years.

Taking its title from Margaret Tait’s experimental film work Where I Am Is Here (1964), the project showcases the rich tradition of artists’ filmmaking in Scotland, and begins a conversation with audiences, venues and artists about what might constitute a distinctly Scottish tradition in both a national and international context.

The Pier Arts Centre will present a programme of films and events by three artists who have all received recognition through the Glasgow Film Festival/LUX Margaret Tait Award and Residency.  Torsten Lauschmann was the first recipient of the Award in 2010 and Charlotte Prodger picked up the honour in 2015.  Florrie James spent time filming in Orkney in 2014 as part of the second Glasgow Film Festival/LUX Margaret Tait Residency. The aims of the Margaret Tait Award and Residency are to support experimental and innovative artists working within film and moving image, providing a high profile platform for them to exhibit their work and engage with a wider audience. The Margaret Tait Award & Residency are presented by Glasgow film festival in conjunction with Creative Scotland and LUX.

Where I Am screenings and events at the Pier Arts Centre are admission free.

This project is supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network and is presented in association with Glasgow Film Festival and LUX Scotland.  The event is sponsored by NorthLink Ferries.