Approved: 26.03.2015

Patti Gaal-Holmes

Art historian, Artist, Film-maker, Researcher, Writer

Archived
Approved: 26.03.2015

I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to German and Hungarian immigrants; and lived/travelled in various countries before settling in the UK and studying for a BA (Hons) and AHRB-funded MA in Painting at Winchester School of Art. In 2006 I took up an AHRC-funded research scholarship in film at the University of Portsmouth. My cross-disciplinary practice includes working with moving image (celluloid and digital), photography, drawing, artists’ books and performance. Work is informed by my cross-cultural background, travelling/living in various countries and by discourses on migration and post/colonialism. Philosophical, theoretical and literary questions on the meaning of exile and 'home' underpin recent practical and written work, informed by (amongst others) Vilém Flusser, W.G. Sebald, Breyten Breytenbach and Walter Benjamin. Questions related to how we live, and particularly how we observe our living, are consistent preoccupations. In this it is the recorded evidence of existence that offers up a rich seam of material for excavation, enabling a sense of real or imaginary narration of human existence. Processes of thinking between theory and practice are integral to my methodological approaches; and materiality forms an important part in directing the outcome of visual work. Two Arts Council England grants include: 2012 – ‘Research and Development in Film’ with no.w.here lab, (London) residency; and 2013 – ‘Questions of Home’ Aspex Gallery Exhibition, including production of 2 new films). Collaborations with Australian singer/songwriter, Emily Barker, include a rich collection of films/music performed live at Aspex, Tate, King’s Place, etc.  Recent film screenings include ‘Letters’, (part of ‘no.w.here’s 10th Birthday’ programme launched ICA November 2014 and ‘Blutrausch’ in ‘Living Film’ at no.w.here (October 2013). I am Reviews Editor for Transnational Cinemas journal, and published A History of 1970s British Experimental Film: Britain’s Decade of Diversity (Palgrave Macmillan, April 2015).

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  • Location: Portsmouth, South West

Artist Statement

I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to German and Hungarian immigrants; and lived/travelled in various countries before settling in the UK and studying for a BA (Hons) and AHRB-funded MA in Painting at Winchester School of Art. In 2006 I took up an AHRC-funded research scholarship in film at the University of Portsmouth. My cross-disciplinary practice includes working with moving image (celluloid and digital), photography, drawing, artists’ books and performance. Work is informed by my cross-cultural background, travelling/living in various countries and by discourses on migration and post/colonialism. Philosophical, theoretical and literary questions on the meaning of exile and 'home' underpin recent practical and written work, informed by (amongst others) Vilém Flusser, W.G. Sebald, Breyten Breytenbach and Walter Benjamin. Questions related to how we live, and particularly how we observe our living, are consistent preoccupations. In this it is the recorded evidence of existence that offers up a rich seam of material for excavation, enabling a sense of real or imaginary narration of human existence. Processes of thinking between theory and practice are integral to my methodological approaches; and materiality forms an important part in directing the outcome of visual work. Two Arts Council England grants include: 2012 – ‘Research and Development in Film’ with no.w.here lab, (London) residency; and 2013 – ‘Questions of Home’ Aspex Gallery Exhibition, including production of 2 new films). Collaborations with Australian singer/songwriter, Emily Barker, include a rich collection of films/music performed live at Aspex, Tate, King’s Place, etc.  Recent film screenings include ‘Letters’, (part of ‘no.w.here’s 10th Birthday’ programme launched ICA November 2014 and ‘Blutrausch’ in ‘Living Film’ at no.w.here (October 2013). I am Reviews Editor for Transnational Cinemas journal, and published A History of 1970s British Experimental Film: Britain’s Decade of Diversity (Palgrave Macmillan, April 2015).

CV & Education

Education

2011  PhD (A History of 1970s British Experimental Film)             University of Portsmouth

2006  PGCE                                                                              University of Greenwich

2004  MA Painting (distinction)                                                    Winchester School of Art

2003  BA (Hons) Visual Art (1st class)                                         Winchester School of Art

Professional and Employment

2015                      Liliesleaf Farm project – film, related photographs and artists’ book

2015                      Writer-in-Residence, Sarah Hosking Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon

2015                      External Examiner (Open University), Somerset College of Arts & Technology

2014                      Writer-in-Residence, Sarah Hosking Trust,

2014                      Artist-in-Residence, Portsmouth Grammar School

2013                      Arts Council Grant - ‘Questions of Home’ Aspex Gallery Exhibition

2012                      Arts Council Grant for ‘Research and Development in Film Practice and

                              no.w.here Film Residency’

2009 – current      Reviews Editor for Transnational Cinemas (Intellect Journal)

2006 – 2011         Lecturer in Film, University of Portsmouth

2004 – 2006         Teacher of Photography, St Vincent College, Gosport

Residencies

2015 (May/June) Writer-in-Residence, Sarah Hosking Trust, Stratford

2014                  Writer-in-Residence, Sarah Hosking Trust, Stratford

2014                  Artist-in-Residence, Portsmouth Grammar School

2012                  International Artists’ Residency, Nirox Foundation, South Africa

Research Funding/Awards

2013             Arts Council England Grant –  ‘Questions of Home’ exhibition, Aspex Gallery

2012             Arts Council Grant England – ‘Research: Film Practice’ – no.w.here Film Residency

2006/09       A.H.R.C. award for Postgraduate Research (PhD) 

2003/04       A.H.R.B. award for Postgraduate study (MA Painting) 

Publications

 

2015    A History of 1970s Experimental Film: Britain’s Decade of Diversity (Palgrave Macmillan)

2015     (forthcoming, 2015) ‘Nelson Mandela: A Life of Perseverance and Inspiration’ for 

            The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism (Palgrave Macmillan)

2014    DVD review: new BFI release of ‘Riddles of the Sphinx’ (1977) by Laura Mulvey and

            Peter Wollen, commissioned for Viewfinder magazine (BUFVC).

2013    Film review of The Nine Muses (John Akomfrah, 2010), Transnational Cinemas journal

2013    ‘Parameters of Practice: Annabel Nicolson’s 1970s Work’ - Exhibition information for 

            ‘Film in Space’, Camden Arts Centre, London (Dec 2012-Feb 2013).

2012    ‘De-Westernizing film through experimental practice: an interview with Patti Gaal-

            Holmes’ in De-Westernizing Film Studies by Saër Maty Bâ and Will Higbee (eds)               

2012    ‘(Re)calling ‘Home’: An Artist’s Negotiation and (Re)negotiation between Memory,  

            Geography, History and Language’ in Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, Vol        

            3 Issue 2

2011    Tea Project in ‘Collectors’ issue of COLORS Magazine, winter 2010/11

Conferences/Symposia/In Conversation/Panel Discussions

2015    (April) Public talk and book launch for A History of 1970s Experimental Film: Britain’s  

            Decade of Diversity, British Film Institute (BFI), London

2015    (March) ‘1970s Films: Images in Shadows and Light’, for ‘Pluralities’ symposium,

            Central St Martins, London

2014   ‘Liliesleaf Farm: Excavations for Opening up Histories’ for ‘Cultures of   

            Damaged Societies: from Post-Conflict Resolution to Intercultural Dialogue’ conference,     

           Monash University, South Africa

2014   ‘Opening up the Archive: the Problems and Uses of Nostalgia’ for

           ‘Cultures of Commemoration’ Conference, University of Portsmouth

2013   ‘Certitudes of Belonging and Embodied Excavations’ for ‘Crossroads: Europe, Migration  

            and Culture’ Conference, University of Copenhagen 

2013   ‘into the frameless distance: concepts and experiments’ for Mieke Bal ‘Migratory   

            Aesthetics: Reading Moving Objects Master Class’, University of Copenhagen 

2013    Panel discussion for ‘(Wo)Man with Mirror’, Apiary Studios, London

2013    In-Conversation with Dr Marius Kwint and Patrick Altes for   

            ‘Questions of Home’ exhibition, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

2013    ‘Histories in Film’ Panel discussion with Bridget Baker and Katy

             Beinart for ‘Questions of Home’ exhibition, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

2013    ‘Liliesleaf Farm’ for ‘Affect, Memory, and the Transmission of Trauma’ Symposium,   

             Goldsmiths College, London

2012     ‘Liliesleaf Farm – Excavations in Film and Fragments Lost in the  

             Ether’ for ‘Migration, Memory and Place’ Conference, University of Copenhagen

2012     ‘Liliesleaf Farm – Excavations in Film and Fragments Lost in the Ether’, Maboneng  

             Peace Week, Johannesburg, South Africa

2012     ‘Catching the Unseen: Conan Doyle & Spirit Photography’, Public Lecture at The

             History Centre, Portsmouth

2012     ‘Notebooks of the Mind: the Art of Collaboration’ with Emily Barker, Aspex Gallery

2012     ‘Marking Time: Excavations in Film and Fragments Lost in the Ether’ GASP Gallery

2009     ‘Parameters of Practice: Annabel Nicolson’s 1970s Practice’, Narrative Exploration in  

             Expanded Cinema: Expanded Cartography and New Live Cinema, Central St Martins  

              School of Art and Design, London, UK

2008     ‘Details in the Text: Lis Rhodes and Sally Potter’, 1970s British Cinema Conference,

             Portsmouth University, UK

2010     ‘on drinking tea to escape the noise of the world’, COLLECT II Symposium, Portsmouth  

             University, UK

2009     ‘Some Acute Angles of Observation’, Wild Eye Film Conference, De Montfort  

             University, Leicester, UK

Exhibitions/Screenings

2015     Letters for , Cornerhouse, Manchester

2014     Letters for 'The Tin Screen: no.w.here 10th Birthday', ICA London

2014     Terraça del Ossos screening for ‘Loop the Loop’ (no.w.here & CineStar), St Ives

2014     ‘Moments, Memories and Histories: A Response to the Archive’ drawings and etchings, 

             Portsmouth Grammar School Artist-in-Residence exhibition, Square Tower, Portsmouth

2013     Blutrausch: Das Ende der Geschichte for Living Film, no.w.here film, London

2013     barefeet in grass and Liliesleaf Farm-Mayibuye for Making Waves Film Festival,  

             Portsmouth

2013     solo exhibition ‘Questions of Home: Excavations in Film & Fragments Lost 

             in the Ether’, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

2012     Open Studio - Nirox International Artists’ Residency (Sept/Oct), Maropeng, South Africa

2012     Useless Mouths: International Exchange of Artists’ Books, Gibraltar House, London

2012     The Rains (with Emily Barker) screening at Visioneca, Isle of Wight

2012     Notebooks of the Mind (talk/film/music) with Emily Barker, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

2012     Marking Time: Excavations in Film & Fragments Lost in the Ether, GASP, Portsmouth

2011     nine films:nine songs with Emily Barker for Arctic Circle, Green Man Festival, Wales

2011     Eight Films for ‘Home’ with Emily Barker, King’s Place, London

2010     despite the snow screening, Women’s Music & Films, October Gallery, London

2010     The Lovers The Dreamers and Me screening of films for ‘Late at Tate’ Britain, London

2010     spill (tea installation) in ‘COLLECT II’, University of Portsmouth

2009     winter’s tea (short film) 'Kinopravda: Fragments/Out-takes', Coventry

2008     despite the snow (film trilogy), 800 feet, SPACE Gallery, Portsmouth University

2008     despite the snow screening for Emily Barker CD launch, London

2008     in dreams to return again screeningShot By the Sea Film Festival’, Hastings

2005     Alice: there was a party once (short film) ‘Super-8 Festival’, Bristol

Curatorial Projects/Screenings

2013    Screening of The Nine Muses (John Akomfrah, 2010), Portsmouth Film Society

2012    Catching the Unseen: Spirit Photography from the Conan Doyle Collection

            History Centre, Portsmouth Library (short-listed for The News awards)

2012    Screening of Slow Action (Ben Rivers, 2011), Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

2012    Film Collection and Screening: Family Histories on Film, Portsmouth Film Society

2008    ‘Cameraless Film’ workshop (by no.w.here), Aspex Gallery

2008    Introducing filmmakers Ben Rivers and Ian Helliwell: screening/talk, Aspex Gallery

2008    Screening 1970s experimental films for ‘1970s British Cinema’ conference,  

            Portsmouth University

Professional Membership

Art Space Portsmouth (Trustee 2014 - )

ISCH (International Society for Cultural History)

Network for Migration and Culture (University of Copenhagen)

no.w.here Experimental Film Workshop (London)