Verge
image of Super16mm film frame from the 'positive' film Verge: Sculptural Geometry in the diptych; this section of the film depicts the flowers of Ivy-leaved Toadflax, a small plant growing in the roadside verge in the industrial Cattedown area of Plymouth
Year of release: 2005
Original format: Super16mm
Running time: loops
Screening format: x 2 DVDs
Credits: A diptych film installation by Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore
Production: Sundog Media
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Description
A two screen installation about sense of place that depicts the geometry and exquisite flux of organic forms through the interplay between 16mm film loops of different length. Found objects collected on a circular walk are printed directly onto 16mm filmstrips: the fallen bodies of bees and flies picked from the dirt, and the vegetation growing up in the stony rubbish along a roadside verge which snakes around the perimeter of an industrial area along the Plym estuary.

Screen one shows Verge: Sculptural Geometry made with clear 16mm film. Pulse of insect wings, plant stems, leaves, flowers, pollen, seeds. Fern leaflets, valerian flowers, buddleia florets: each leaves its own individual trace on the film surface. Screen two shows Verge: Flux made with colour reversal 16mm film. Plant forms seared into the film emulsion, the vibrant motility of x-rays looking deep into the heart of things, a deep ultraviolet shimmering resonance. The sound composition is derived from the noise of the wind blowing across the sign at the entrance to the empty retail park sited in a disused quarry passed on the route.

Production notes
The south west coastal path of Britain has been a focus of my practice since early 2005. Verge, the dual screen installation, is the first film-based artwork, made in collaboration with Stuart Moore, for Salt Gallery, Hayle. Poppies is the second work I created in response to my experience of liminal place/s along the interface between earth/land and water/sea.

Sea City is another collaborative project with Stuart Moore: this Super 8mm work explores the perimeter of Plymouth along its boundary with the sea. Sea Front, directed, filmed and edited by Stuart Moore, and produced by Kayla Parker, is the first film to be released from the Sea City project. Sea Front was premiered at the Assemblage exhibition, Peninsula Arts Gallery, University of Plymouth (2 - 5 November 2009); and won the London Short Film Festival 2010 Trick of the Light Award “for the most gorgeous looking film”, and was screened at Rich Mix, Shoreditch (13 January 2010). Sea Front also won the Media Innovation Award 2010: Independent Film/Video. The Media Innovation Awards celebrate the innovative use of media and design - the judges described the film as “a very atmospheric and nostalgic production that was beautifully produced.” Sea Front screened in Experiment 4 programme (Guild Cinema 14 April) at the Experiments in Cinema festival in Albuquerque New Mexico: Experiments in Cinema is an annual collaboration between Basement Films, and the Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of New Mexico (14 - 18 April 2010); at the East End Film Festival Adventures in Experiments programme at Rich Mix, Shoreditch: “a selection of work from artists, filmmakers and animators, exploring the limits of new form and creative expression” (programme description) (26 April 2010); and in International Programme 2 at Media City international festival of experimental film and video art held in Windsor Ontario in Canada and Detroit USA (25 - 29 May 200).

Publication and comments
Composers and animators - the creation of interpretive and collaborative vocabularies (2008) Suzie Hanna’s paper includes an extract from her interview with Kayla Parker about the process of collaboration during the making of the original Verge diptych installation: Journal of Media Practice (Volume 9 / No 1) pp. 29 - 41. DOI: 10.1386/jmpr.9.1.29/1

Exhibition
2010
Animation Deviation: Panel 2: Animation, Art and the Digital, ‘Verge 360: beyond the frame’, joint paper with Stuart Moore; symposium presented by the Film Studies Research Group, School of Creative Arts, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK (13 July 2010)

Verge 360 from Sundog Media on Vimeo.

IDA360, Immersive Digital Arena, during Experimental Week at University of Plymouth; a collaboration between ICCI (Innovation for the Creative and Cultural Industries) and Igloo Vision. Digital re-master of dual-screen Super16 Verge: Sculptural Geometry and Verge: Flux, stepped through 5 successive clock-wise projections with ambisonic audio (15 - 19 February 2010)

Verge 360 interactive video presented on Igloo Vision’s 360-degree screen in Plymouth; thanks to Martin Woolner and Karol Kwiatek (18 February 2010)

2009
Verge: Nocturne is a 60 second version of Verge: Flux made for the One Minute (volume 3) international touring programme of artists’ moving image curated by Kerry Baldry.

2008
Night: A Time Between Artists’ Film, Royal West of England Academy exhibition, curated by Dr Janette Kerr RWA, Visiting Research Fellow, Bristol School of Art and Design, University of the West of England. Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK. Cinema screening from DVD of a new re-cut for single screen of Verge: Flux, 2 minutes with stereo soundtrack (7 May 2008)

2007
Oddfellows: Collective Film Night Ker Street Social Club (aka The Egyptian House), Devonport, Plymouth, UK. Plymouth Arts Centre artists’ film event, with Anna Best, Andrea Crociani, Nicholas Grew, Mezarine, Stuart Moore, and Heidi C. Morstang. All artists assisted in the development of Anna Best’s film Buddleia, which evolved from her year-long residency at Plymouth Arts Centre. “Through the process of working with Anna Best and the interaction with each other it emerges, by chance, that these artists are drawn to film structure, aesthetics and narratives in similar ways. What binds their practice is their personal interpretations of social and political environment and their reflective and analytical use of film and video.” (Programme notes, Paula Orrell, Curator Plymouth Arts Centre) A re-edited version of Verge: Flux, 2 minutes with stereo soundtrack was projected from DVD; and the films Small World and Night Sounding were also screened (29 November 2007)

2006
Sunday Shorts: International Short Film Festival Desmond Tutu Centre, University College Plymouth St Mark and St John, Plymouth, UK. Verge: Sculptural Geometry re-cut for single screen, 2 minutes with stereo soundtrack, projected from DVD (19 November 2006)
Plymouth Independent Film Festival SW England and Kernow programme, Radisson Hotel on Plymouth Harbor, Massachusetts, USA. Verge: Sculptural Geometry re-cut for single screen, 2 minutes with stereo soundtrack, projected from DVD (22 and 23 July 2006)

2005
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Stuart Moore and Kayla Parker exhibition at Salt Gallery, Hayle, Kernow, UK. Screened from looped DVDs on flat screen monitors mounted at head height on facing walls at 180 degrees. The visitor’s audiovisual experience of the piece is dependent on their position relative to the two screens: it is not possible to view both screens simultaneously, so the visitor is prompted to move to and fro around the gallery; and the soundtrack accompanying each screen is different, and changes continually because of the different lengths of the film loops and the relative position of the viewer. Solo exhibition with Stuart Moore (16 July - 19 August 2005)