Loop The Loop at St Ives Library

Loop the Loop was a series of events at St Ives library, inspired by books. Artist/filmmaker Joanna Mayes was in residence at the library for two weeks and invited visitors to talk about books, film and how to process it with coffee! Jo then invited other artists to come down during the second week, providing drop-in activities, workshops and general mayhem and a great deal of fun ensued! See the events page for details of activities. Watch this space for links to film taken and processed by Jo and videos of work made by workshop participants.

Special thanks go to the staff at St Ives library for making Loop the Loop possible. The team helped to both plan and deliver the events and worked tirelessly to ensure that it was a success. All the artists involved would also like to says big thank you to everyone who got involved and for making this a very supportive environment in which to share our work.

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Music by Chris Littleboat

Loop the loop – Events
St Ives Library

02 June – 14 June 2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday (9.30am – 5.00pm), Saturday morning (10am – 1pm)

Loop the Loop was a project between artist/filmmaker Joanna Mayes and Cornwall Libraries, with a number of South West artists. This two-week programme gives you the chance to explore St Ives library through film, installation, music and performance. 

Alongside the Loop the Loop programme of events (see below) you can drop in to St Ives library and enjoy:

The Reading Room: Joanna Mayes and Interior Designer Kerry Knight from Beaten Green create an installation, a unique environment for you to consider the choices that are made about which books your library keeps, and which are withdrawn. Joanna will also be taking and processing 16mm film, using Caffenol (instant coffee) during the event, giving a glimpse into the world of the contemporary artist/filmmaker.

Silence In The Library: Films generated on 16mm film will be looped and shown on the library’s information screen, giving visitors a chance to see a range of processes and approaches to working with cine film in a contemporary artistic context. Films created during the event will also be added throughout. Presented by CineStar in collaboration with artist film cooperative.

Inspired by Books:  St Ives artist Joe Greenaway will be showing a series of works created in spray paint and acrylic. Joe’s work is a collision between ‘fine’ art and ‘street’ techniques, blending the spontaneous use of a spray can with the meticulous process of painted portraiture. Joe will also be sharing a collection of art books which inspire and support his work.

Timetabled Events at St Ives Library:

Writing and Drawing on Film
Date: Mon 9 / Wed 11 / Fri 13 June / Sat 14 June
Time: Mon/Wed/Fri: 10.00am – 12.30pm and 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Sat: 10.00am – 12noon
Cost: FREE

CineStar is an artist run organisation based in Cornwall, dedicated to supporting creative work with film through education and technical support. These drop-in sessions are an opportunity for anyone to experience working with mark-making directly on film and to see the results projected. Anyone interested in developing work is also welcome to work alongside Jacqui Knight as she creates her own piece.

Reading and Listening
Michelson Morley with Joanna Mayes and St Ives Library Coffee & Crime reading group
Date: Wed 11 June
Time: 11am – 4pm Open rehearsal, 5pm Artist talk and showing
Cost: FREE

Experimental jazz group Michelson Morley (led by Jake McMurchie of Get The Blessing ) will be working with the St Ives library ‘Coffee and Crime’ Reading Group to create a live response to the group’s favourite passages from crime novels. Audio books and recordings of spoken work will be used to form the basis of a sonic piece. Live electronic manipulation of voices, recordings and live instruments will create the backdrop for an interconnected story, with live visuals from Joanna Mayes. In association with St Ives Jazz club.

Paper Stories
Paper Cinema
Date: Fri 13 / Sat 14 June
Time: Fri: 5pm / Sat: 12noon
Cost: FREE

Paper Cinema use animation, music, film and theatre to tell a story. The company will share some of their own work, before a showing by workshop participants; young people from the Home School Network and members of Shallal Dance Theatre.

Paper Stories Taster
Paper Cinema
Date: Sat 14 June
Time: 10am – 12noon
Cost: FREE

Open taster session getting an insight into Paper Cinema’s approach to using drawn puppetry techniques and digital projection.

Booking not required for any of these events.


Loop The Loop at St Ives Library

Loop The Loop at St Ives Library

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