Gillian McIver

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I'm a writer, filmmaker and artist. I began making underground films while studying History at university, simply by picking up a camera and shooting. Passionately inspired by and interested in places and Urban Exploration, I co-founded the London-based live art group Luna Nera, which made a series of large scale art interventions in public spaces with allkinds of artists and performers. As filmmaker, I documented all of Luna Nera’s projects in a series of short films, and directed the short film "Postindustrial Baroque" (2009) which explores abandoned urban spaces. I've curated numerous exhibitions and film events, and I ran an East London gallery and screening room.

My own artist films and video art works have been screened widely, most recently at the Casablanca Biennial 2016, and I work as a film producer and director. I co-produced the documentary film "Image Matters" (dir. Rozy Sarkis, 2012) a feature documentary about the culture of cosmetic surgery in Lebanon. I worked as camera operator and also participated as a performer in the acclaimed feature doc "Estate A Reverie" and the short "Towards Estate" both directed by Andrea Luka Zimmerman (2015). My most recent film as director is "Taking Over The King's Land" (2014), about an artist's project to cover a condemned East London estate with murals.

Most recently I actually sat down and write the book Art History for Filmmakers: The Art of Visual Storytelling (Bloomsbury Press 2016). It's the first book of its kind, a real practical guide to using visual art from the past to stimulate and enrich contemporary filmmaking.

Of course I continue to be interested in urbanism and site specificity, and I run the website

I'm currently TECHNE researcher in Film at Roehampton University, researching for a new book on the representation of history in cinema and painting. An essay of mine is about to come out in the collection Questions of Cultural Value. I've got another publication coming out in 2019 on Scenography: art history and cinema

Acadmeic stuff? Click on here for my academia page