LUX is an international arts agency that supports and promotes artists’ moving image practices and the ideas that surround them. Founded in 2002 the organisation builds on a long lineage of predecessors including The London Film-Makers’ Co-operative, London Video Arts and The Lux Centre.
Benjamin Cook is the founder director of LUX and LUX Scotland. He has been professionally involved in the independent film and visual art sector in the UK for the past 25 years as a curator, archivist, producer, writer and lecturer.
In this episode of Into the Mothlight we’ll be looking at the role of Lux and how they support artists working in the moving image. In my chat with Benjamin Cook we touch on the history of the organisation, the collection of works they look after and the importance of being able to access some works online. We also talk about the 1-2-1 advice sessions that Lux delivers for artists and the Lux Critical Forum - discussion groups for artists who work with the moving image to talk about ideas and practice.
In the interview we mention:
Legendary London cinema The Scala
London Film-makers’ Coop - read about the first decade of the organisation here.
Menelik Shabazz - Award winning UK film director, producer, and writer – a key pioneer in the development of contemporary black British cinema.
London Video /Electronic Arts - their role in the distribution and promotion of video art from 1976
not/nowhere - artist workers’ cooperative supporting new media practice
The 1969 David Hall film ‘Vertical’ that I remain obsessed with.
One-on-One artists' advice sessions run by Lux, and their monthly critical forum.
Experimental film and installation artist Jason Moyes lives and works in rural Scotland and has been exploring the moving image since 2007. His work has been shown in the UK, North America, Europe and Asia. He is a founding member of the Moving Image Makers Collective and presents the experimental film podcast Into the Mothlight.