Julia Parks’s practice encompasses film, animation and photography, often using series of photographs and projected 16mm film. Through this medium, she explores the different relationships between landscape, place and people, often focusing on the west-coast of Cumbria.
Julia is currently living in Hawick as part of a 6-month residency with Alchemy Film & Arts as part of their The Teviot, the Flag and the Rich, Rich Soil programme.
In our chat we discuss Julia’s love for exploring the geography, industry and history of a place through the people who live there. We talk about her time at St. Martins College and hours spent in the darkroom. We also talk about her 2021 film ‘Seaweed’ and how she came to be interviewed about hand processing film in seaweed on the television programme ‘countryfile’ - which - as the name suggests, is all about the British Countryside.
Items of interest mentioned in the interview:
Maria Menken and her film Glimpse of Garden from 1957
The German photographer Karl Blossfeldt and his photos of plants.
John Baldessari, Goodbye to Boats (Sailing In), 1972-1973.
Signal Film and Media - an award-winning charity that creates opportunities for all to take part in film and digital art activity.
You can watch the trailer for Seaweed here.
Read more about the Debrie printer Julia used at St. Martins.
Julie grew up near the Sellafield Nuclear Power Plant.
The German filmmaker developing in seaweed Julia mentioned was Dagie Brundert.
Books mentioned include The Adventive Flora of Tweedside by Ada M Haward, published in 1919 and The Seaweed Collector's Handbook: From Purple Laver to Peacock's Tail by Miek Zwamborn.
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.
Into the Mothlight is sponsored by The Film and Video Poetry Society.