Rachel Maclean, Lion and the Unicorn

Image: Rachel Mclean's still from The Lion and the Unicorn courtesy of the artist.

We were joined by award-winning artist-filmmaker Rachel Maclean for a screening and Q&A event running as part of Northern Film & Media’s arts programme at Tyneside Cinema in their Digital Lounge. Chaired by Ben Harman, Director of Stills, Scotland’s Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, the event was illustrated with screenings from Maclean’s works. These informed a discussion of the concepts and approaches behind her recent work, and how this expands upon issues within her wider moving image practice.

Maclean works largely in green-screen composite video and digital print, often installing this alongside props, costumes and related sculpture. She invents a variety of characters which embody unstable identities: conversing, interacting and shifting between cartoonish archetypes, ghostly apparitions and hollow inhuman playthings. Her work slips inside and outside of history and into imagined futures, creating hyper-glowing, artificially saturated visions. In recent videos such as Over The Rainbow and LolCats she creates synthetic spaces in which Katy Perry discuses teeth whitening with an aristocratic cat and a pastel-coloured dog sings for The Queen.

When: Wednesday 08 October. Doors 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. Screening ends 8.00pm. Networking social to 9pm.

Where: Tyneside Cinema (Digital Lounge), 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 6QG 

About Rachel Maclean

Rachel Maclean is an artist based in Glasgow. Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 Rachel has exhibited across the UK and internationally – including, in 2013, a solo presentation I HEART SCOTLAND at The Edinburgh Printmakers. In 2011 Rachel went on a 6-month residency supported by Creative Scotland to the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada and recently presented her film Over The Rainbow, a 40-minute video piece at Collective Gallery, Edinburgh and The Zabludowicz Collection, London. In 2013 she was the recipient of the Margaret Tait Award and was nominated for the Film London Jarman Award. She has recently had solo shows in 2014 at CCA, Glasgow and Comar Gallery, Mull. Follow the links for short and full length examples of Maclean's work, as well as her YouTube page.

About Ben Harman

Ben Harman has been Director of Stills, Scotland’s Centre for Photography in Edinburgh, since January 2014. He was previously Curator of Contemporary Art for Glasgow Museums, based at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (GoMA).