The 'Learning, Exchange, and Play' Series is a series of experimental films produced as part of an ongoing campaign which seeks to open up the space for creative, alternative, and non-instrumentalised pedagogical stylistics in the face of the neoliberal homogenisation of teaching possibilities in contemporary education.
In 1906, prominent archeologist Nicholas Marsh traveled to southwest Russia to excavate a new site. He took along his young family and his Victorian values. He found to his tragedy that neither had their place there. A story about the shortsightedness of colonialism, how history resonates in every conflict and the illusions of cultural bias.
Part of a research project by Erzsébet Strausz, (Central European University, Budapest) and Trevor McKrisken, (The University of Warwick) using the "cut-up" method to disrupt and reassemble the narratives and meanings given to drone attacks against suspected terrorists. The technique, inspired by the work of Brion Gysin, William Burroughs and David Bowie is an innovative approach to research in International Security. Their chapter on Cut-Ups was published in the book Critical Methods for the Study of World Politics: Creativity and Transformation edited by Shine Choi, Anna Selmeczi and Erzsébet Strausz (Routledge, December 2019).
A nightmare about distraction.
An actor listens to, and later performs, the final words of suicidal biographer Robert Moore; a tape recording of a diatribe about his ruined career and its parallels with his final, forgotten subject, the French geometer Tomas Laurent.
His director discusses and debates the nuances of Moore’s character with him, and faces the probing questions of two journalists invited onto the set to discuss his career in film.
Out in the woods a man is dying, but he is not dying alone.
A film about light, memory and temporal links through time. The film features experimental chalk animation and a trip to a lantern festival held in the northwest.
When a family gathers for a weeknight meal, a mother, a father, a son and a teenage daughter struggle to keep up appearances and feign politeness in the unexpected company of the girl’s boyfriend. But the veneer of togetherness soon cracks, and the quietly bubbling resentment finally boils over, as their festering regret and disappointment is revealed. People who are only themselves when they aren’t with each other discover that being together doesn’t mean they are not apart.
An experimental documentary project about the making of a horror film whilst the lead actor is dying of pancreatic cancer.
Documenting a found collection of photographs and connecting them to a road trip, the purpose of which is to scatter ashes at an unmarked grave.
Daylight falls on the woodland near a monastery and cold-blooded creatures live through the darkness of night.
A documentary film that follows a brass band from the north of England to the river Rhine in Germany. The film documents journey, performances and the social impact that the band has had since 1871.
A film about electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire and the Deliaphonic Festival she inspired.
A farmer searches for what has been stolen from him. A film about family, revenge, history, power, fear and nature.
Catch the Light is a series of candid interviews that reveal the thoughts and dreams of a young girl living in an isolated region of North-West England.
An ongoing series of shorts about ‘alternative’ art in the UK, each one focusing on an individual artist or collective