Richard Tuohy, Australian experimental filmmaker
Richard Tuohy is an Australian experimental filmmaker dedicated to celluloid film and handmade filmmaking processes. In addition to being an award-winning filmmaker, he runs a specialist film-processing laboratory (where all chemical processing is done by hand), is founding director of the Australian International Experimental Film Festival, and one of the organizers of Melbourne’s Artist Film Workshop, an artist-run group whose mission is to provide access to film knowledge and resources for independent filmmakers. He has been making films since the late 1980s, concentrating since 2005 on handmade and hand-processed filmmaking, a form of resistance to the spread of digital media and the enforced obsolescence of the film medium.
In an artist’s statement, Tuohy writes, “I strive to find some kind of natural link between the subject matter and the possibilities of the analogue film technology I use, such that the film works like a magnifier to point-out and dwell-in the properties of the particular objects of my fascination…Mostly my films involve natural features or environments. These films have been described rather nicely as ‘earth animations’ and ‘landscape dances.’ The connotations of both these descriptions appeal to me. I like to see my approach as a kind of cine-cubism: attending to and abstracting certain features from my subject through making temporal and graphic associations etc., without resorting to a prosaic depiction…Ultimately, they are more about ‘looking’ than ‘thinking.’”
Tuohy will present a series of short 16mm films, including a piece for two projectors, in the Department of Cinema on Tuesday, October 14, at 8:00pm. Earlier that day, he will present a talk about his work from 1:30-2:50pm (also in the Department of Cinema), showing extracts and discussing his involvement with the international artisanal filmmaking movement. Both events are free and open to the public. View Tuohy's vimeo page for samples of his work.