Jason Moyes

Jason Moyes

At the heart of my work is an ongoing curiosity of what lies beyond the hills, trees and fields of the Scottish countryside.

I am a film maker based in the Scottish Borders, with a particular interest in experimental film and artists’ moving image. In my work I am drawn to the idea of challenging traditional notions of sublime beauty in landscape by focussing on its unloved corners. My work is also informed by the notion of presenting traditional narratives through nonrepresentational forms of visual and sonic abstraction – psychologising the image, while challenging traditional viewer perceptions of what story is and might be. The juxtaposition of representing sounds traditionally associated with rural landscapes with vintage synthesizer emulators is of particular interest. At the heart of my work is an ongoing curiosity of what lies beyond the hills, trees and fields of the Borders countryside and I am inspired by the idea that exciting things can be discovered at the end of an overgrown path, beyond a locked gate, or in an abandoned place.

Experimental film and installation artist Jason Moyes lives and works in rural Scotland and has been exploring the moving image since 2007. His work has been shown in the UK, North America, Europe and Asia. He is a founding member of the Moving Image Makers Collective and presents the experimental film podcast Into the Mothlight.

quiet moments in a glasshouse

HD Video / 01:30 min / 2019

Standing very still with the camera, listening carefully, looking up, holding my breath, stepping away. One and a half minutes exploring an Edwardian Glasshouse.

The beauty and sadness in the patterns of two chemical reactions

HD Video / 03:08 min / 2019

Fragments of a recently shot, caffenol processed super 8mm film are intertwined with film footage shot by the artist on his first camera in the early 1990’s. A section of this recent film is shot with the lens cap still in place.

The record of what the artist saw when he shot the film exists only in his memory. The images captured on the fabric of the film suggest something organic and embryonic, but also represent the deterioration of the image and physical state over real time.

From Scotland with love

HD Video / 03:41 min / 2019

A series of actions performed according to a prescribed order. A study of movement and purpose. A collective ritual of resilience that defies time and geography.