From 2006-2009, EXP24 staged experimental film, video and performance events in Leeds and beyond. The aim of EXP24 events was to create a live space for experimenting with and experiencing film that would be informal and social – more like a gig than a traditional cinema screening. We also wanted to make a space for showing analogue alongside digital moving image.
An EXP24 event was characterised by what could only be described as a kind of organised chaos. We encouraged audience interaction and participation; embraced mistakes and “happy” accidents as part of the process; attempted to demystify (expose and explode) usual modes of projection to open up the event and create an atmosphere that was open, live and exciting.
The traditional cinema space of regimented rows facing a single screen was abandoned in favour of projections onto multiple surfaces; fragmented super 8 loops, slides were projected amongst video and expanded film installations, cables spilling out – the apparatus on show.
From 2008-2009, EXP24 devised and facilitated creative analogue filmmaking workshops: we wanted to build a scene in Leeds and encourage filmmakers and artists to make and show new work. As well as delivering accessible super 8mm and 16mm filmmaking workshops for festivals, HE institutions, arts organisations and galleries, we also ran our own independent filmmaking workshops from our base at East Street Arts Patrick Studios.