Frances Scott works with moving image, presented through film screenings, installations, events and publications. Her work considers the material that exists around the periphery of the cinematic production, to propose a film composed of its associations and fragments. Where earlier projects evolved out of the script, her recent work explores the experience of moving image through non-linear film scores or their substitution through associated materials.

In her latest work, PHX [X is for Xylonite] (2019), the first semi-synthetic plastic, cellulose nitrate, is reimagined through the chemical and industrial development of photography and film, and its use as the base for film stock. Collaging digital animation with hand-processed 16mm, plastics are proposed as strata. The layers that make up the film, its emulsion and substrate, are made evident - like the material seams in future sedimentary rock layers that signal our Anthropocene era and its flawed capitalist productions.

PHX [X is for Xylonite] (2019), courtesy of the artist

CANWEYE {  } (2016) is a single channel film presented with a fly-poster series and trailer. This expanded film is installed within a construction that recalls a sound recording booth, with glass viewing panel into the space of projection. Commissioned by Focal Point Gallery CANWEYE {  } presents the image of the film set between states of construction and deconstruction. Filmed on 16mm in Canvey Island, Essex and Venice, Italy, parallel architectural and geological sites signify another kind of set.

Canweye{ } (2016), courtesy of Focal Point Gallery

 At TACO! Frances will continue her interest in the site of film production to develop a new moving image work, Wendy, looking at the extraordinary work of pioneering composer and musician, Wendy Carlos. Carlos famously arranged the soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 adaptation of Anthony Burgess' 'A Clockwork Orange' (1962), in which several key scenes were shot on the Thamesmead estate, as well as 'The Shining' (1981). Carlos spearheaded developments on Moog Synthesiser and use of the Voice-Encoder (Vocoder), and Frances' research draws on this history, exploring the synthesised, un-bounded voice across fields of music, literature and film. 

In the development and production of Wendy Frances will work with a number of collaborators including musician Tom Richards and his handmade music synthesiser-sequencer 'Mini-Oramics' (designed in 1976 but never realised by electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram), as well as dancer and performer Valentina Formenti, using volumetric filmmaking and three-dimensional modelling techniques.

She will also continue her ongoing collaboration with sound designer Chu-Li Shewring, who she worked with on Incantation, Wendy (2018) a recorded broadcast for radio, commissioned by TACO! and first presented on RTM.FM. 

Incantation, Wendy includes excerpts and full tracks from Carlos' work, including unused material, combined with new scripted readings and recordings.  A public programme connected with Scott's research includes a performance with Tom Richards and a screening selected with Mat Jenner, as part of the ongoing film programme Viddy Horrorshow (VHS).  A publication commissioned and produced by An Endless Supply and TACO! will be launched in spring 2020.

Frances has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her recent exhibitions and screenings include: 57th New York Film Festival (2019); Close Up Film Centre, London (2018 / 2019); Institute of Making UCL (2019); Het Bos, Antwerp (2018); RTM.FM/TACO! (2018); Tate St Ives (2018); The Bower, London (2018); Annely Juda Fine Art, London (2018); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015/2017); Peninsula Arts and South West Film & Television Archive, Plymouth (2017); Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2016); and ‘Selected III’ videoclub and FLAMIN screenings in the UK and USA including Anthology Film Archives, New York, Seattle International Film Festival, and LA Film Forum, Los Angeles (2014). In 2017 Frances was recipient of the inaugural Stuart Croft Foundation Moving Image Award.

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