Moving Image Atelier

On Sound and Microphones

24 November 2019 - Q02, Brussels

MIA #2: Luke Fowler and Alex Reynolds

Q02 hostes the second edition of the Moving Image Atelier (MIA), a series of 1-day workshops for artists and filmmakers working alone or with small crews in the undefined territory between cinema and visual arts. Each workshop examines a specific technical dimension of audiovisual production, like image, sound, and editing, in order to strengthen artistic control and technical autonomy throughout the creative process. Participants will work with experienced practitioners with insight into the artistic process and artists with expertise in the technical dimensions of filmmaking.

During MIA #2: Luke Fowler and Alex Reynold examine the creative potential of sound through discussion, case studies and listening sessions. They unfold their concepts and process as well as shared their approach and strategies towards sound recording and editing. Discussion topics are, among others: deciding on suitable microphones given a certain situation; the cinematographic qualities of sound and the way a microphone can colour the sound; field recording and working with a sound engineer. The workshop aims to develop the sensitivity of working both technically and creatively with sound.

Luke Fowler is a British artist, filmmaker and musician (1978). He has developed a practice that is, at the same time, singular and collaborative, poetic and political, structural and documentary, archival and deeply human. With an emphasis on communities of people, outward thinkers and the history of the left, his 16mm films tell the stories of alternative movements in Britain, from psychiatry to photography to music to education. Whilst some of his early films dealt with music and musicians as subjects, in later works sound itself becomes a key concern. Fowler lives and works in Glasgow. 

Alex Reynolds is an artist and filmmaker living in Brussels and Berlin. Honing into the intersection of portraiture and fiction, her films explore the expansive and invasive potential of point of view, empathy, and rhythm, often walking the line between tenderness and violence to insistently ask: how to live together?

MIA is conceived and organized by elephy. The workshop is a collaboration between invited speakers and elephy artists, who also serve as moderators for each event.


09:30 – 10:00 Introduction and overview by elephy
10:00 – 11:00 Presentation by Luke Fowler
11:00 – 12:00 Presentation by Alex Reynolds
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch by Paso a Paso
13:00 – 16:30 Hands-on exercises in two break out groups (each led by one of the speakers)
17.00 – 17:30 Reflection
17:30 – 18:30 Reception

Location: Q02, Brussels
Date and time: 24 November 2019, 9.30am-6.30pm
Speakers: Alex Reynolds (ES) & Luke Fowler (UK)
Language: English
Entrance: The morning lecture is free. The afternoon workshop is 15€ (including a delicious lunch by Paso a Paso).

Paso a Paso (2019) by the artist Martha T’Hooft is a social and artistic project in which food is used to make Central American migration negotiable and where the focus is on the universal necessity of food in all its forms. The work started in Mazatlan, Mexico, with Las Patronas, a group of women who cook daily for passing migrants. The work became a collection of recipes and pictures that result in a cook-look-book and food stand. The project can be seen as a trip through a no man’s land of culture, language, religion, origin, customs, taste, that symbolizes the wanderings of migrants.