From 16-20 March, the Strangelove festival is bringing moving image to spaces throughout Central Saint Martins.
In every programme – from Graphics to Fashion to Fine Art – moving image plays an important role. The College asked artist Terry Smith and curator David Gryn to help develop a film and video festival that brought students, staff and the public together.
David Gryn explains: “Film is a place where all our learning and experience combines into a powerful collaborative outcome. This was the essence of this festival – to encourage the college to come together to enable greater learning, collaboration, and empowerment via a medium we all use and observe daily in our work, creativity and life.”
Explaining a little more about his selections for the festival, Terry Smith says: “My choices reflect work that I am curious about, work that has made an impression on me, and work I am jealous of and wish I had made.”
Wired to respond
There is a reason why moving image is relevant to so many practices. Paul Rennie, Content Subject Leader for our Graphic Communication Design programme, explains: “At a very basic level, human beings are cognitively wired to respond, and to be attracted, to movement and light.”
Strangelove will give an insight into the ways film and video are used in disciplines across Central Saint Martins. Events range from the screening of a film essay on the street dogs of Istanbul, to a symposium on the production of fashion films.
Mark Dunhill, Dean of Academic Programmes, was instrumental in bringing the festival together. He says: “I am really delighted that the Strangelove programme will be presenting such a diverse range of content, representing so many different areas of activity across the College. Clear as much time in your diaries as possible, and see as much as you can.”