BCU Swipeside Festival 2015

Flatpack Film Festival is now in full swing and for the second year, the festival has worked alongside a team of visual communication, media and art students from Birmingham City University  to curate and deliver a new strand: Swipeside.


Swipeside runs for one week from 23-30 March in the brand new Parkside Building and has a number of exciting events, talks, screenings and workshops all taking place.

There will also be a host of national and international guests attending the official launch in the Parkside Gallery on the 24 March, including Nobuaki Doi and Mirai Mizue, Priit PärnCyriak, BAFTA-winners Will Anderson & Ainslie HendersonChris Randall, and Eimhin McNamara.

Swipeside Exhibitions

This year Swipeside will feature four works produced by students in response to the Amusement Park Exhibition, which has been brought to Flatpack by The Finnish Cultural Institute, The Finnish Film Foundation, and Birmingham City University.

The exhibition opens at Parkside on the 16 March and will feature Halina Dominska and Helene Galipot’s ‘Blorgan,’ which is an interactive acoustic sculpture played by blowing bubbles onto the organ pipes.

The work was created together with sound and multimedia technology students Sam Turner and Rob Taylor:


Showing for one night only at the exhibition launch is William Marler’s Elemental, a multi-projector installation explores the elements of fire, water, earth and light to create an immersive projection-mapping experience.

Birmingham Conservatoire student Ben Weatherill, has composed a soundtrack for the installation which was inspired through the initial visual tests and ideas.

The initial inspiration for the installation came from a film by Bot and Dolly called BOX explores 5 of the 10 principles of magic through a combination of projection mapping and robotics.

Other attractions featuring in Swipeside include the first ever UK show by Japanese duo Usaginingen, whose homemade opto-machinery produces real-time visuals through specially made filters sound tracked by a live percussion score.

Artist/Knitter Sam Meech will be sharing his special brand of ‘knitted cinema’ with a show that combines stop-motion, 7-inch singles, Eadweard Muybridge and knitting.

Please see the full line up for Swipeside festival below or for more details please contact: sara-anne.mills-bricknell [at] bcu.ac.uk.

Swipeside Festival Line Up

Monday 24 March

Calf Retrospective + Screen Talk
BCU Parkside, Lecture Theatre (Third Floor), £5*, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Tuesday 25 March

Mirai Mizue: ‘Wonder of Animation’ Workshop
BCU Parkside, Illustration Studio (Fourth Floor), Free (booking essential), 2:00 – 5:00pm

Pärnography: Selected Works and Screen Talk
BCU Parkside, The Shell (Ground Floor), £5*, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Wednesday 26 March

Studio Animators in Conversation
BCU Parkside, The Shell (Ground Floor), Free, 5:00 – 6:30pm

Swipeside Shorts
BCU Parkside, The Shell (Ground Floor), Free, 6:45 – 8:30pm


Story-Spline will be running throughout the duration of Swipeside, and the Swipeside team are also inviting you to join them at the recently refurbished pub, The Woodman after the screening on Wednesday night.

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