The Rough Cut + Alice Butler

The Rough Cut is a free event for new work and work-in-progress by artists working with the moving image. For artists, it’s a useful way to share and get feedback on your work in a supportive environment. For everyone else, it’s a chance to see interesting new films.

Each session is moderated by a guest curator or artist, who also gives an introduction to their own practice. The moderator for October 2018 was Alice Butler.

Wednesday 24 October 2018
Tyneside Cinema (Digital Lounge)



James Davoll

Video, colour, sound

Mother of the Mountain

Georgia Bates

(in production)
Duration tbc
Video, colour, sound

About the artists

James Davoll studied Contemporary Photographic Practice at Northumbria University, followed by an MRes in Digital Media at Newcastle University. His work has shown extensively, including at the Hatton Gallery and Gallery North in Newcastle. He has undertaken residencies and commissions including the CAMP Residency (Aulus-les-Bains, France); Chwarel Commission, Gwynedd Council; Paths Across the Water (North Shields) and Sundroids (Harehope Quarry, Weardale) .Davoll’s project Polluted Leisure: A Toxic Love Affair will tour to Hallifornia Festival (Verberg, Sweden) and La Colonie (Paris) in 2019.

Motsonian is the username for Monica Maria Rohtmaa, an artist based in Gateshead. As well as working with video, her practice combines contemporary technology with sculptural installation by using virtual reality, concepts from video games and drone footage to create installations about the intersection of physical and virtual worlds. She has recently exhibited at IMT Gallery (London), Exchange Rates (New York), and the Newbridge Project, Goldtapped, Baltic 39 and Northern Charter in Newcastle / Gateshead. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the The Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Prize. Her writing on video game space in contemporary art recently appeared in IsThisIt? Magazine.

Georgia Bates graduated this year from BA Fine Art at Northumbria University. Her work to date has centred on a socially engaged practice, using film to create a platform for individuals and communities to be heard.She worked with Equal Art Henpower in Gateshead on a project called The Recipe for Life that focuses on the creative engagement of children and people over 50, featuring in her degree show as The Act of Listening. Georgia has also worked with Newcastle City Arts Council to produce creative documentaries for five artist residencies; with Skimstone Arts; and on several personal projects.

Alice Butler is a film programmer, curator, writer and co-director of aemi, a Dublin-based organisation that supports and exhibits artists’ moving image. For six years, Alice was responsible for artist moving image programming at the Irish Film Institute. She programmes regular screenings at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and has presented at IMMA, Project Arts Centre, PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image, IFI, Galway Arts Centre among others. As a writer, Alice has contributed to Sight and Sound, SET Magazine, Paper Visual Art, Enclave Review, VAN, EFS Publications and CIRCA. She is also a regular arts reviewer for RTÉ Radio One’s Arena, and recently completed a survey chapter on the work of filmmaker Pat Murphy (published in 2019).