In this two-part programme, the pioneering experimental film works of Tony Hill were presented as part of a wider exploration of the history of artists moving image.

Internationally renowned, Hill makes experimental short films that are somewhere between sculpture and cinema. To create his visually challenging and timelessly beautiful imagery, he often develops his own camera rigs, ingeniously using mirrors and unusual lenses, and sometimes humorous vantage points to make us rethink our assumptions about perspective, gravity, scale and movement. The short films explore different ways of looking at the world and often require the invention and building of various rigs for filming and sometimes for presentation.

The related talk explored Hill’s unique film production techniques highlighting the formalistic qualities and contexts at play in his work, followed by a discussion with exhibition curator Keith Whittle, exploring Hill’s aesthetic and conceptual approach and the research and production processes involved in the making of his films. 

Born in London in 1946, Tony Hill studied Architecture and Sculpture and has been working as an independent film-maker since 1973, he also works with installations, photography and sound and has presented his work at many galleries and in film festivals worldwide. His award-winning films have been broadcast on network television in many countries and published in the UK and Japan, with commercial work including directing music videos and TV commercials. He taught film and video from 1982 until 2002 at the University of Derby becoming Professor of Film and at Plymouth College of Art from 2004 until 2011.