Traditionally considered the responsibility of a cinematographer, lighting in a filmmaking context usually refers to the arrangement of illumination sources around a location or set to create a specific aesthetic. Expanding this term, lighting can also refer to creative control over the passages of illumination which constitute moving imagery, shaping ways that audiences perceive the frame. This exhibition engages with both facets through spatial projections that weave together light in and of moving imagery while questioning the material tensions of mediated illumination.
Each installation combines multiple forms of digital and analogue imagery, encompassing computer generated animation, 16mm archival film and social media data. Through these technological configurations, the exhibition reveals an array of textures and qualities of light. Situated between poetic, diaristic and experimental processes, this show questions the ubiquitous circulation of photographic content and highlights a blurring between notions of the real and the staged in cinematic imagery.
The work in this exhibition emerges through a research journey, undertaken between 2014-17 as part of a practice-led PhD that has been supported by the Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of the West of England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s 3d3 Consortium.
Alex Nevill is a cinematographer and filmmaker based in London. He received first class honours for his undergraduate degree at the University of Gloucestershire in 2011 and then completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Scotland Screen Academy in 2014. He was recently appointed as an Assistant Professor in the school of cinema at San Francisco State University, beginning January 2018.