steve hawley


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Steve Hawley is an artist who has been working with film and video since 1981, and his work has been shown at video festivals and broadcast worldwide since then. His original preoccupation was with language and image, and in 1995 his experimental documentary on artificial languages (with Tony Steyger) was broadcast on Channel 4 TV.

More recently his work has looked at new forms of narrative, in  such works as Love Under Mercury, his first film for the cinema, which won a prize at the Ann Arbor film festival, and Amen ICA Cinema 2002, a palindromic video which won the prize for most original video  at the Vancouver Videopoem festival.

Later  work explored issues around the impact of new technologies on narrative. Yarn 2011, uses the DVD medium to create a never ending story, and Actor 2013 makes film without a camera by putting the performer in a motion capture suit.

Manchester Time Machine 2012 made with the North West Film Archive is the first ever iPhone app to combine archive film footage and GPS. It is part of a series of works which use technology to look at the nature of the city, including Not to Scale 2009 and South Home Town 2015. He is co-editor of a book and contributing a chapter and introduction on Manchester as a place of myth - Imaging the City – art, creative practices and media speculations.

A new collaboration with the North West Film Archive, Calling Blighty/A Message Home, traces the relatives of 800 Manchester and Sheffield servicemen filmed uniquely in the Far East theatre in WW2. The resulting film, War Memorial was nominated for best short documentary at the 2017 Sheffield Doc/Fest.  His article on the films was also published in the Journal of Media, War and Conflict.

He is Emeritus Professor of Art and Media at the Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University.


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