Based in Rotterdam since 2018, Ugo is an artist and filmmaker producing explorative works crossing the field of cinema, visual arts and experimental ethnography. In 2019 he was among the selected moving-image artists for the Eye On Art program of the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam.
At large, his artistic research is concerned with the theories and practices of the image which he approached through his fascination with waters and fluidity. He is particularly interested in exploring the potential of fluids and images to question our material, conceptual and metaphorical environment. Key areas of interest include the history, theory and practice of cinema and photography, the anthropology and the philosophy of the image, gesture and metaphor studies, philosophy of technology, experimental ethnography and the anthropology of waters.
Recurrent in his practices of the image are the disruption and construction of interrelationships between techniques, gestures and metaphors. His experiments often lead to the designing of specific cinematographic processes, like the gestural and shutterless method he used to produce his award winning experimental debut Abiding (2019). This short hybrid film was awarded a Special Mention by Tate Modern curator Andrea Lissoni and artist Carlos Casas in the Fascinations program of the 23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival. In addition, Abiding won the Best Experimental Film at the Yale Student Film Festival 2020.
Dance has also a substantial place in his film practice. He continues to collaborate with established contemporary dancers with whom he mostly works on an improvise and experimental basis. Nevertheless, few projects were subsequently shown in place such as the Venice Biennial of Architecture or The Boulevard Theater Festival.
Ugo studied Sociology and Cinema (BA) at Aix-Marseille University then he graduated from the Master in Media Design-Lens-Based from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. His work is distributed by the Eye Film Museum and the Doc Alliance Film and was screened, installed and presented in places such as the Eye Film Museum, the Goethe Institut Rotterdam, IndieLisboa 2020, Go Short 2020, IFFR 2020, Pleinbioscoop Rotterdam, Department of Film and Media Arts at Yamagata University, Yale University, University of Massachusetts Boston, Museum Nacht Amsterdam, KuuB Gallery Utrecht (...)
Tim Travers Hawkins
Tim has created a diverse body of work that traverses different forms and media.
To date he has directed three feature documentaries including his Emmy-nominated debut XY CHELSEA; been associate director of a AAA BAFTA-nominated Video Game; made interactive experiences; done award-winning investigative journalism for The Guardian; created the first artificial intelligence-designed animation to be broadcast on British TV; as well as directing award-winning shorts, music videos, and TV shows.
He studied filmmaking at the International Film School (EICTV) in Cuba as well as training with reknowned Third-Cinema filmmakers Fernando Birri and Pino Solanas in Argentina and is a Sundance Almuna and British Arts Council Fellow.
He co-founded the art-cinema collective CINEMACHETE in Colombia through which he co-wrote and created a series of experimental and collaborative films.
Throughout his career Tim has partnered and created work with major international production companies and broadcasters: Pulse Films, Field of Vision, Topic Studios, MRC, Rolling Stone, BFI, Dorothy St Pictures, Faliro House and many more. His work has been released on major networks and streamers such as HBO and Showtime, and been screened at some of the most prestigious international festivals including Tribeca, SXSW and IDFA.
His work is often linked to activism, for which he won the Amnesty International Human Rights Cinema Award in 2013, One World Media Award 2014, and was nominated for the 2020 United Nations Cinema for Peace Awards.