All posts by Gillian Mciver

My interest in history has taken me into documentary film-making, short films and artists' video. Much of my work explores historical events or places. After film school, I co-founded Luna Nera, an independent international collective of artists who get together to explore art as site-response, making video, films, installation and live art in unusual spaces. Through that, I've also worked as artist and curator of projects worldwide, along side my film work. My interest in art history and film led me, in 2016 to write "Art History for Filmmakers" published by Bloomsbury Press, a book exploring how filmmakers can and do use paintings from the past to inspire and create visual story telling.

revival of site specific practices

seems like site-responsive site-specific art in unused spaces is undergoing a revival, even in the places that sniffed at it …


Intervention / Art by Janna Graham and Nicolas Vass

“Artistic interventions have been turned into something of a fetish in artistic circles and institutions. Even the best intentions from artists, organizers, and curators often end up absorbing the radical histories and potentials of past actions and interventions within and outside the sphere of culture. By virtue of the “artistic” moniker, institutions and organizations often neutralize the idea of an intervention, extricating it from its situated environment in politically informed civil life. The idea that an intervention can be performed within the boundaries of the art industries as an action exogenous to the space, people, or conflict intervened in is thus normalized. In these circumstances the political itself is sanitized and the action appropriated for nothing more than a cynically calculated move to be used in an artistic, curatorial or institutional CV.”

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Gallery PS2 wall installation of photo documentation
Gallery PS2 wall installation of photo documentation

when site specific art goes wrong

link – from Newcastle Chronicle-Call to revamp £1.6m artwork left in disrepair


it seems that so often these big budget public art gig go wrong.

this seems to be one of them. A ‘carpet’ of blue tiles whose hue  did not last 8 years (this post is from 2011). And which broke and injured a passerby.  At £1.6 million in 90s money that is a lot of cash – and the taxpayers ahvenot ay thousands annulaly just to mantina it.


do we relay need ‘art’ like this?


no, not really. it’s just ego wank for the artist and the council




it’s the first manifestation by Luna Nera in London for quite some time! …



FROM 9 PM – 10.45 PM

ADDRESS – 75 Hebden Court Laburnum St London E2 8BG   | for map and more info

Gillian McIver and  Studio75 present a vision of a magical world made of light, fantastical moving images playing over the walls and bricked up windows of a run down soon-to-be-demolished East London housing estate.

A summer evening, moon and stars, and a night of cinema. Sounds good. But wouldn’t you rather wander inside the movie, playing your own part?

Housing estates often feature in film, especially British films, as a byword for social exclusion, poverty and dysfunctionally. NIGHT OF THE BLACK MOON turns this trope on its head and sets the film inside a run down housing estate, with the moving images projected directly onto the exterior walls. And instead of being all about “social problems” NIGHT OF THE BLACK MOON is all about fantasy, thrill, memory and desire.

The Kingsland Estate is the site of a huge mural project by resident artist, Nazir Tanbouli

NIGHT OF THE BLACK MOON features a show of intricate and stunning moving image work by a selection of artists:

Valentina Floris and Ben Foot (, Working with many large-scale events and theatre productions in London and worldwide, Valentina and Ben were responsible for the recent massive outdoor dance project 12 Moves ( in Worcestershire, as well as 2011’s “Waking Dream” at Ron Arad’s Curtain Call at the Roundhouse.

12 Moves ©SDNA

Tracey Holland – MIdlands-based photographer and video artist Tracey Holland draws her inspirations and ideas from the contrasting fields of science and nature, and religious and other mythical writings and folk tales.

©Tracey Holland

Glenn Ibbitson – Based in Wales, Glenn Ibbitson is a representational painter, and maker of prints, films and collage. Glenn has exhibited several times at Studio75, always with different, absorbing work.

Jessica Kolokol – “The eye keeps within itself the images of luminous bodies for a certain time…” (da Vinci) Moving between Berlin, Russia and the USA, Jessica Kolokol (now based in the US) creates complex, gorgeous philosphical video and photo-video works influenced by the coming together of literary texts and memory.

©Jessica Kolokol

Adrian Shephard – Following his wonderful resident screening sessions at Studio75 in March 2012, Adrian’s work will from part of Night of the Black Moon. Video artist, butoh dancer, collector of all images and ideas werid and wonderful, Berlin based Adrian Shephard is a unique and unusual talent.

Harriet MacDonald – Harriet MacDonald is a UK based Austrialian artist working with paper cut animation to create alternative worlds populated by characters that look a bit like us, but not quite.

NIGHT OF THE BLACK MOON is a walk-through event, inviting you to walk through the estate and experience the video in your own time and at your own pace. The show will begin at 9 pm and finish promptly at 10:45.