Punto y Raya 2014 - the worlds most abstract film festival hosts a fantastic line up of contemporary abstract shorts, with 7 programmes of international entries from around the world. Ian's At the Glitterball is included in programme 2 showing at Harpa - the Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Center. January 30th - Feb. 2nd, Reykjavik, Iceland. puntoyrayafestival
Expo Worlds and Split Screening - 2 new film programmes are now assembled and available for hire - a fresh and updated selection of Expo Worlds features vintage silent World's Fair shorts from 1958-67 with new Helliwell soundtracks. Split Screening showcases Ian's experimental work with multi-image, involving 8mm film and video using abstract and found footage material, as well as electronic music soundtracks.
Tape Leaders - A Compendium of Early British Electronic Music Composers - a new book is currently nearing completion, and will hopefully be published in 2014. The A-Z is designed as an essential reference guide to British composers who created experimental works with electronics and tape, concentrating on the formative electronic music period during the 1950s and 60s. The aim is to document every serious composer and as many amateurs as possible, who created an experimental tape piece up to 1970, and thus tell the hidden story of early British electronic music. Anyone with information or leads please contact Ian.
Interpretations on FC Judd - and an accompanying 7" single Retuned are now available, both featuring electronic music from Ian. The 7" was assembled as a collage sampler featuring extracts from the compilation, cut together with radios, reel to reel tape loops and Hellitronic devices. The discs have been released via the Public Information label, and Ian has made a short trailer to accompany the project. Interpretations trailer
Listen to tracks from the compilation... publicinformation
Analogue Sound Workshop - a one day practical session led by Ian focussing on basic analogue electronic music techniques using hands on tools and equipment. Each student makes tape loops, cuts up and sticks sound patterns onto 16mm film, builds a noise generator kit and creatively solders a walkie talkie circuit.
£55, all materials and cups of tea provided. Ideal for beginners, the workshop will run on a saturday 11-6pm at Helliwell Hq in central Brighton, and will cater for 2 students each time. Anyone interested in doing this, please contact Ian directly to arrange a mutually agreeable date.
Due to a farcical state of affairs with Youtube - Ian was forced to make a copyright claim against himself because he could no longer access his own Ian Helliwell Film Channel. However, uploading is now taking place on both Vimeo Helliwell-vimeo and Youtube Helliwell-youtube
Experimental Amateurs - a 50 minute film programme covering shorts from the 1950s to the present, made by unheralded, DIY and non-professional filmmakers. An article written by Ian to accompany the programme focusses on the work of animator/composer Stuart Wynn Jones, and featured in the November 2012 Wire magazine, issue 345. Please contact Ian to arrange a screening.
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Hellifilms - to see clips or hire a selection of Ian's shorts please check either the LUX or Light Cone websites.
Ian Helliwell: Hellifilms Vol. 1
The first dvd of films to buy from Ian's substantial body of over 70 shorts, features 4 works made in 2007, which incorporate abstraction, animation, found footage
and experimental music soundtracks using Hellitron tone generators.
Amazing Rayday Compendium - Deluxe limited edition box containing reprints of Jeff Keen's Rayday papers + Marvo Movie badge, text by
Al Rees and Ian's specially made collage timeline. Issued by the Permanent Gallery in a run of 200.
Gazwrx - Superb BFI dvd collection of Jeff Keen films (copious 9 hour retrospective which includes illustrated booklet and Ian's experimental short Art Flies Free).
Split Screening received its premiere to an audience of 7 during the Cinecity film festival at the Basement, Brighton, November 24th.
Jukebox Fury: The Assassination of JFK - for this ambitious 50th anniversary multi-media event, Ian assembled the programme in conjunction with the Brighton Cinecity film festival. He made a new paper cut-out collage, a short film and a new piece of electronic music, and worked with puppeteer Teresa Grimaldi, cartoonist Fraser Geesin, and vocalist/poet Vicky Fenlon on several performance, image and sound based pieces. The event included Ian's Kennedy Johnson found footage film, a recreation of the assassination with puppetry, a soundtrack to accompany a reading of JG Ballard text, and a special tape loop installation. Basement, Brighton, November 22nd.
Live performance and screening of films by Ian in Oslo, organised by nyMusikk, with a matinee live electronics set at Oslo Central railway station, and performance with his Hellitrons and short films at the Kunsthall Oslo in the evening. November 20th. nymusikk
Constellation - Art Music/Music Art - included a new piece of Helliwell electronic music to accompany slide projections in a church interior by Chris McKeeman - as part of the Whitley Arts Festival. St. Mary's Minster, Reading, October 25th.
Scratch screening - included 18 Helliwell short films from the early 1990s up to premieres of new films from 2013. University of Aberdeen, September 21st.
Mute Sound - mixed shorts programme of recent experimental work including 2 films by Ian. Clore Studio, South London Gallery, August 7th.
Interpretations on FC Judd - album launch with live sets by contributors Karen Gwyer, Pye Corner Audio and Ian. Islington Mill, Salford, May 30th.
Great Escape festival - matinee show with live Hellisizer set from Ian, organised by Resonance FM at Brighthelm Centre, Brighton, May 17th.
York Spring Festival of New Music - 5 day festival featured a screening of Practical Electronica + Experimental Amateurs + Tristram Cary's Trios + a Hellisizer demo and talk by Ian. University of York, May 11th-12th. yorkspringfestival 2013 events
Dear Serge - all dayer featured a screening of Practical Electronica + tape loop making workshop + interactive Helli-machines + live performance with various Hellitrons and Hellisizers. The event included Spirit of Gravity improvisations and Ron Geesin headlining. De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, April 20th.
Pioneers of Electronic Music - included a screening of Practical Electronica and a performance of Tristram Cary's 1971 Synthi/dice piece Trios. Hackney Picturehouse, March 17th. www.nonclassical
Get Set - Ian's 2005 abstract Letraset film, screened in an excellent programme including work by Richter, Duchamp, Eggeling, Fischinger, Breer, Whitney and Cecile Fontaine. Musee D'Art Moderne Andre Malraux, Le Havre, France. February 13th.
Alien Jams interview - podcast of this hour long show featuring Ian's electronic music plus an interview with Alien Jams supremo Chloe Frieda. Ian discussed some of his projects and demonstrated various Helli-machines, and the programme was rounded off with a selection of some of his recent tracks. January 13th 2013. http://www.mixcloud.com/player/
Experimental Amateurs - a film programme of shorts from the 1950s to the present, made by DIY filmmakers. Cinecity Film Festival, Brighton University, November 28th. cine-city experimental-amateurs Cafe Oto, London, December 3rd, 2012. cafeoto experimental-amateurs
Zoom Lens - a multi-media event revolving around the work of JG Ballard, with live performance, films and projections by Ian. The Basement, Brighton. November 23rd. www.cine-city.co.uk
Artists Film Club - Ian presented a selection of his short films and slides and talked about his work. Plymouth University, Roland Levinsky Building, November 8th.
Regeneration - an interactive weekend explored altered states and psychedelic experience, included a film programme with 4 of Ian's short films. The Tabernacle, London, November 18th.
The Movement of Tape - Live performance with tape loop and dance. Reading Experimental Film Festival, University of Reading Art Dept, October 27th . www.whitleyartsfestival
Live performance + short films at The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow. August 25th. Check the poster at this informative blog here: fingersports.blogspot
ReGeneration 2 The Mountain - Dance, live performance and music event featured 2 of Ian's electronic music soundtracks choregraphed by Bryony Williams. Open Ealing, London. July 13th.
Ian's short abstract film Orbiting the Atom screened at the Cinema Jove Intl. Film Festival - Valence, Spain, June 20th.
The Wire Salon - Practical Electronica: From Chromasonics to the Megatherm. In addition to a screening of Ian's documentary Practical Electronica, the
Salon featured a discussion of the work of both Ian and Fred Judd, chaired by Angus Carlyle. Also included was a performance with the Megatherm optical sound generator, plus the Hellisizer 3000. Cafe Oto, London. February 9th. cafeoto.co.uk/wire-salon
Check this link to the Wire for more information and to listen to a couple of Ian's electronic music tracks. thewire.co.uk/articles
Direct Super 8: A workshop with Ian Helliwell.
Ian ran a hands-on audio-visual workshop for participants new to, or already familiar with, super 8 film. Camera-less techniques for animating directly onto celluloid
were explored, as well as work with sound via tape splicing of found super 8 magnetic striped film. no.w.here, London. February 11th. no-w-here.org.uk
Unconscious Archives 4 - Expanded cinema and electronic sounds, featured 7 of Ian's recent films including his 5 projector film Light Support Systems. Apiary Studios, London. February 7th, 2012.
Practical Electronica - Exhibition - based on Ian's electronic music and research on his documentary film, and the work of early British electronic innovator F.C. Judd. South Gallery Foyer, Phoenix Brighton, Nov 19th-Dec 18th, 2011.
Practical Electronica - Sound Visualisation Films - Connecting with the exhibition, Ian presented a programme of experimental shorts featuring music activated images, and graphically generated soundtracks. The screening operated in tandem with Simon Whetham's Active Crossover - solo and duo experimental music performances. Phoenix Brighton, November 26th.
Colour Out of Space - 3 days of experimental, exploratory sound and art in Brighton. Ian screened for the first time his 5 projector film Light Support Systems, featuring super 8, slides and video. November 12th. colouroutofspace
Ian also played live with Australian experimental filmmaker Dirk de Bruyn, during a live multi-media performance involving 16mm projections, slides, and electronic
sounds played on the Hellisizer 3000. Sallis Benney, Brighton, November 13th, 2011.
Light Activation Feedback - Ian's 2010 short film featured in the 2011 international Punto y Raya festival. This is an excellent event devoted entirely to abstract films. puntoyrayafestival.com
Telenesia - A curated exhibition of works by invited international artists; Ian Helliwell, Rosa Menkman and Anders Weberg - Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport Harbour,
Isle of Wight. Sept. 19th-October 15th, 2011.
A Radiophonic Weekend - as part of an exciting line up of performances and films, Ian screened a rough cut of Practical Electronica, his documentary on FC Judd, and presented the Megatherm and a selection of sound visualisation films. Cube Cinema, Bristol, April 3rd.
Everybody's Got to Be Somewhere - Jeff Keen Benefit - afternoon of live music, film, performance and poetry, included Rob Gawthrop, Jonathan Swain et al, + 8mm films and a live Hellisizer performance by Ian. Prince Albert, Brighton, Jan. 23rd, 2011.
Stuttgart Filmwinter - the latest edition of this long established short film festival included 2 of Ian's recent films Colour Supply and Letratone Leader. Filmhaus Stuttgart, Germany, January 21st-23rd, 2011.
Simonsound - multi media cinema show from Brighton's Simonsound and associates - live electronic music, sci-fi, film and projections. Ian contributed 16mm archive shorts and a multi-projector light show. Duke of Yorks, Brighton. Dec. 10th, 2010.
Hand Eye Visions - for Cinecity, the Brighton film festival, Ian assembled 3 programmes of direct animation providing a rare opportunity to see some fantastic
examples of this unique style of filmmaking. He presented a panorama of cameraless work, 15 of his Helli-films, and welcomed Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore to introduce a selection of their work. Lighthouse, Brighton, November 21st, 24th and 27th, 2010.
Music at an Exposition 2: Montreal 1967 - Electronic Music for a World of Tomorrow - for the Grove Forum Series of lectures and seminars, Ian discussed
the introduction of experimental music and film into the world`s fair in Montreal, and screened his new film Expo 67 - An Audio-visual Collage. Royal College of
Music, London. November 18th, 2010.
Hellivision - Short Films by Ian Helliwell - retrospective programme of films at the Independent Film Show, Fondazione Morra Palazzo. Napoli, Italy. Novmber 13th.
3D Timelapse - as part of White Night and the Brighton Photo Fringe, a screening of a series of new 3 dimensional shorts, included the Brighton Marina film with Ian's electronic soundtrack. Regency Town House, Hove, 8pm-Midnight, free entry, October 30th.
Celluloid: The Cameraless Film - fantastic 3 month international exhibition of direct animation which includes 3 of Ian`s super 8 films - Get Set, Striations and Orbiting the Atom. Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. June 2nd–August 29th, 2010.
Silver Apples - for this live show from the 60s electronic survivor, Ian did multiple slide and kinetic projections. St. Andrews church, Brighton, July 30th, 2010.
Map Films - Ian created a new electronic soundtrack for a short 3D time lapse film - one of a series premiered at the Soundwaves Festival.
Sallis Benney, Brighton, July 16th, 2010.
Celluloid: The Cameraless Film - Ian played a short set with the Hellisizer 1000 + sound visualisation and screening of Holes with live soundtrack, at the opening
of this exhibition of direct animation. Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, June 2nd.
Splitting the Atom - All day event with 2 stages of experimental music featured groups from Brighton and beyond. Ian performed a live electronic set with the
Hellisizer 2000. The Hydrant, Brighton, May 30th.
15 Polarized Slides - Ian showed a selection of his kinetic 35mm cellophane based images on a TV monitor as part of an Open House during the Brighton Festival.
Group 46 Artists, Brighton. 1st 4 weekends in May.
group46artists Scroll down to see stills of the polarized slides.
Cambridge Super 8 Film Festival - Ian presented an extensive cross section of his super 8 film work covering abstraction, found footage and animation. Anglia
Ruskin University, Cambridge, April 24th 2010.
He also conducted an audio-visual workshop for the festival, incorporating direct animation and manipulation of super 8 magnetic soundtracks.