Leah Millar & Tim Shaw: Sensing the Gap

In this performance, artists Leah Millar and Tim Shaw use the cinema as a space to reveal interference and mechanical failure. Drawing on structural film and media art, Millar and Shaw improvise with devices that are usually hidden or out of reach within the cinema space.

Using field recordings, 8mm and 16mm projection loops, sound synthesis, a Vectrex console, digital images and light-to-sound transformation techniques, the duo explore interruption and imbalance as creative material, questioning our physical and perceptual relationship with machines used throughout the history of cinema.

Millar and Shaw previously collaborated on Millar’s Un.s.cene, a commission exploring the river Tyne for AV Festival ’18. Sensing the Gap includes material gathered from their research around the Gateshead area.

Selected as part of the Projections open call.

Thursday 28 February 2019
Tyneside Cinema (Kino)

About the artists

Leah Millar is an artist and filmmaker based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Her practice connects subjective experience to landscape through expressions of tactility in experimental film, photography and performance. Her often site-specific work articulates ideas about agency, sociality and the environments we create for ourselves from audiovisual media.

Tim Shaw is an artist and musician interested in the relationships between site, sound and technology. His work is anchored in the creative use of field recordings and he often appropriates recording and communication technology to consider how these devices change the way we experience the world. Tim presents work through musical performances, installations, walks and site-responsive interventions.