Exhibitions & Screenings

2019
Lumen
Crossroads, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
6-9 June, 2019
Substitute
New York Independent Film Festival, USA
5-12 May, 2019
Substitute
Spectral Film Festival, Wisconsin, USA
4-6 April, 2019
Lumen
Revolutions Per Minute, Boston, USA
2-3 February, 2019
Lumen
FLEX Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival, Tampa, USA
7-10 February, 2019

2018
Cubiculum Umbrae
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
29 November, 2018
Of the Excellency of Wheate
Glasgow University, Scotland. Part of The Occult Turn, curated by Leontios Toumpouris
September 2018
Cubiculum Umbrae
Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA, (in Disasters of Peace)
March 2018

2017
Five Angels
Directors Lounge, Berlin
27-29 October, 2017
Alchemist
Summerhall, Edinburgh
2 August – 24 September, 2017
Five Angels
San Diego Underground Film Festival, USA
25 August, 2017
Cubiculum Umbrae
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, part of Disasters of Peace (curated by Kamilla Kuc & Sam Jury)
28 May, 2017
Cubiculum Umbrae
The Horse Hospital, London, part of Disasters of Peace (curated by Kamilla Kuc & Sam Jury)
20 May, 2017
Five Angels
Dokufest, Kosovo
8 & 12 May, 2017
A Landscape Symphony in 22 Movements
Platform Festival, Perthshire
25 March, 2017
Five Angels
Experiments in Cinema, Albuquerque, USA
18-23 April, 2017
Speculum
4th International Festival of Experimental Video, Valparaiso, Chile
11-16 April, 2017
Speculum
NOFEST, at Unza! Milan, Italy
8 April, 2017
Five Angels
Glasgow Short Film Festival
15-19 March, 2017
Speculum
Traverse Vidéo, Toulouse, France
12 March, 2017
Mutus Floris
VIDEO: To Flowers, ANDOR Gallery, London
17 February, 2017

2016
Five Angels
Unfix Festival: Rebirth, Glasgow
18 December, 2016
Five Angels
Transgression, at Close-Up Film Centre, London
10 December, 2016
Of The Excellency Of Wheate
Glasgow Short Film Festival
16-20 March, 2016
Mutus Floris
Iside and the Wunderkammer of Fertility, Palazzo Vernazza, Lecce, Italy, curated by Dores Sacquegna.
2-9 March, 2016
Solo retrospective: Alchemist, Diagram, Mutus Floris, Cubiculum Umbrae, Speculum, Of The Excellency of Wheat
Full Frame Theatre, Durham, NC, USA, Center For Documentary Studies/Duke University MFA
27 January, 2016

2015
Of The Excellency Of Wheate
Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival
12 December, 2015
Speculum
Antimatter [media art] Festival, Victoria, BC, Canada
16 – 31 October , 2015
Alchemist
Sphinx Thebes Festival, Greece
October, 2015
Cubiculum Umbrae, Diagram
Motion Creatures, Edinburgh
24 August, 2015
Speculum
Altered States at Coastal Current Arts Festival, Hastings
29 & 30 August, 2015
Cubiculum Umbrae
USURP Zone 5 Film Festival, London
14 August, 2015
Speculum
SHORTini Film Festival, Sicily
1 August, 2015
Post Lux Materia (solo retrospective): Alchemist, Diagram, Mutus Floris, Speculum, Cubiculum Umbrae, Of The Excellency of Wheat
Swedenborg Film Festival, London
8 July, 2015
Speculum
Tower Mill, Heart of Hawick
24 June, 2015
Speculum
Chicago Underground Film Festival
13-17 May, 2015
Speculum
Videoformes, Clermont Ferrand, France
19-21 March, 2015
Speculum
Papay Gyro Nights, Hong Kong
6-20 March, 2015
Speculum
Papay Gyro Nights, Papa Westray, Orkney, Scotland
3-10 February, 2015

2014
Alchemist (installation)
Venice Performance Art Week, Italy
13-20 December, 2014
Speculum
RISC Rencontres Internationales – Science & Cinema 2014, Marseille, France
29 November, 2014
Speculum
The Journal of Short Film, Vol 33 – peer reviewed DVD, Ohio State University, released November 2014
Speculum
Strangloscope III – Cinema as Witchcraft 2014, Florianópolis, Brazil
31 October, 2014
Twelve Frames Left
Highlight Arts, Edinburgh
2 October, 2014
Twelve Frames Left
Videoholica 2014, Bulgaria (award finalist)
August, 2014
Diagram
The Picture Show, New York, USA
27 & 28 June, 2014
Speculum
Montreal Underground Film Festival
24 May, 2014
Mutus Floris
Threshold Artpsace, Perth
May, 2014
Speculum
Iowa City Documentary Film Festival (Winner ‘Best Cinematography’ Award)
17-19 April, 2014

2013
Catoptrica – Live video performance
Edinburgh International Festival
28 August, 2013
Mutus Floris
YES Festival, Selkirk
September, 2013
The Fixed and the Volatile: Speculum, Cubiculum Umbrae, Diagram, Mutus Floris and Catoptrica film performance.
Verksmiðjan, Hjalteyri, Iceland
1-30 August, 2013
The Rainbow
Filmpoem Festival, Dunbar
August, 2013
The Rainbow – forest walk installation and screenings
Koli Natural Park, Finland
May-Aug, 2013
Mutus Floris
Threshold Artpsace, Perth
May, 2013

2011
Sensory alchemy – a laboratory of failure
Inspace Gallery, Crichton Street, Edinburgh
7-9 Dec, 2011
Diagram: Utopia
The Horsebox Gallery, touring (group) show, various places, Scotland
Sept – Nov, 2011
Hear: See: There (A/V performance collaboration with James Wyness)
Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Hawick, Scottish Borders
24 Oct, 2011
Seven Seals
I-Park, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA
16 Oct, 2011
Mutus Floris
Bump Gallery, Galashiels, Scottish Borders
26-27 August, 2011
Supernature – a collection of films
Supernormal Festival, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire
19-21 August, 2011
Fingal’s Cave
An Tobar, Isle of Mull
2-30 July, 2011
Alchemist
Liverpool John Moores University, Film Philosophy
6-8 July, 2011
Mutus Floris
Montreal Underground Film Festival
May 14, 2011
Mutus Floris
The Generator Shed, Phenzhopehaugh, Scottish Borders
7-15 May, 2011
Invite and directions
Going Outward: Mutus Floris, Lament
Geopoetics Festival, Brantwood, England
March, 2011
Reflections, Inversions, Symmetries
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland
February – March, 2011
Alchemist
New Moves International, International Festival of Live Art (single channel screening), Glasgow
February, 2011

2010
Alchemist and Lament
Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Hawick
September, 2010
Alchemist
Glasgow International, The Jacobean Building, 49 Virginia Street (first floor), Glasgow. G1 1TS
April-May, 2010

2009
Lament & Fingal’s Cave
Atlantic Islands Festival, Isle of Luing, Scottish Centre for Geopoetics
July, 2009
Fingal’s Cave
Mendelssohn Festival, An Tobar, Tobermory, Isle of Mull
June, 2009
Lament (group show)
SSA annual exhibition, Vision Building, Dundee
May-June, 2009
Lament (solo show)
Forest Gallery, Selkirk
April, 2009
Borderline/Lament (solo show)
Casa Artelor, Timisoara, Romania, curated by Ileana Pintilie
March, 2009

2008
Fingal’s Cave (solo show)
Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, curated by Jaromir Jedlenski
June-July 2008

2007
*Poprzez PortretFabrycka Sztuki, Lodz, Poland, curated by Krystoff Noworyta
December, 2007
Contact Rushes
The National Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania, curated by Ileana Pintillie (a Demarco Archive exhibition)
November, 2007
*Contact Rushes
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, curated by Richard Demarco
August, 2007
*Evanescence – Ice/Thaw Norway
Demarco European Art Foundation, Edinburgh/Glasgow
April, 2007

2006
*A Landscape Symphony in 22 Movements
Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
October 2006

2005
* A Landscape Symphony in 22 Movements
Threshold Artspace, Perth Concert Hall, Perth, curated by Iliyana Nedkova
October, 2005
The Guru
Threshold Artspace, Perth Concert Hall, Perth, curated by Iliyana Nedkova
October 2005

2004
* The Windmills of Innerleithen
Videomedeja, Novi Sad, Serbia, part of the Drift touring programme
* The Windmills of Innerleithen
Edinburgh International Film Festival, Stills Gallery, part of the Drift touring programme

2003
* The Windmills of Innerleithen
Innerleithen, Scottish Borders, curated by Iliyana Nedkova
June, 2003
* Reception
Ledingham Chalmers, Edinburgh
January, 2003

* Note to the above:
Works marked by an asterisk were produced during a period of joint practice with Alexander Hamilton, under the name ‘Hamilton & Ashrowan’.

Biography

Dr Richard Ashrowan (b.1966) is a moving image artist and independent film curator. He works with video and 16mm film, creating short single channel films, immersive video installations and live multi-projector performance experiments. His works are exhibited at film festivals, galleries and artist spaces around the world.

He was the founder and Creative Director of Alchemy Film & Arts in Scotland from 2010 to 2019 and was curator for Scotland + Venice at the Venice Art Biennale 2017. He was awarded a PhD in 2016 (Edinburgh College of Art / Edinburgh University) for his practice-based research on ‘Alchemical Catoptrics of the Moving Image’. He has contributed to numerous festival and artistic juries, delivers talks and workshops, and was lead facilitator for Alchemy Film & Arts tutored residency programmes in 2017 and 2018. He is an active member of the Moving Image Makers Collective.

His work is concerned with light and luminosity, referring to the language of early light metaphysics and alchemical processes in methodology and content. His research has included an exploration of the use of light by alchemists from the 12th to the 18th centuries, examining their experimental methodology (alchemical catoptrics), diagrammatical structures and early pre-scientific philosophies of light. These historical antecedents often inform the content and structuring principals of his films, which are substantively concerned with notions of transformation. Landscape and place, coupled with a personal sense of deep presence, often form the starting point for his visual material.

Filmography

Lumen (2018, 3m)
Substitute (2018, 7m)
Index (2018, 3m)
Five Angels (2016, 6m)
Mercurius (2015, 6m, installation with feathers)
Of the Excellency of Wheate (2015, 9m)
Speculum (2014, 17m)
Cubiculum Umbrae (2013, 9m,16mm)
The Rainbow (2013, 7m,16mm)
Twelve Frames Left (2013, 5m)
Catoptrica III (2011 – 2014, 60m, 4 channels)
Diagram (2011, 7m)
Mutus Floris (2011, 4m)
Alchemist (2010, 30m, 2 channels, installation)
Reflections, Inversions, Symmetries (2010, 21m)
Lament (2009, 9m)
Green man (2008, 5m)
Fingal’s Cave (2008, 6m)
Contact Rushes (2007, 5m, 4 channels)
Evanescence (2007, 10m, 4 channels)
A Landscape Symphony in 22 Movements (2005, 25m, 30 channels)
Threshold Artspace (2005, 30 channels, various)
Windmills of Innerleithen (2004, 8m, 3 channels)
Reception (2003, 8m)

Writing on his work

Speculum: review by Francesco Cazzin, University of Turin / L’Emerge Del Possible.
Lament: review by curator, Ileana Pintilie Teleagă.
Lament: review by Allan Harkness.
Lament: Sunday Times Review by Joan McAlpine.
Fingal’s Cave: Associations, an essay by Foksal Gallery Curator, Jaromir Jedliński.
A Landscape Symphony: commissioned essay, Dr Ailsa Boyd on Millais and the Sound of Many Waters.
A Landscape Symphony: essay by Rebecca Bell, Millais, Hamilton & Ashrowan
The Windmills of Innerleithen: essay by Iliyana Nedkova: The New Readymades and Menhirs of the North.

Publications

Speculum
DVD and artists’ scroll, 2016
Lament
Nowhere Arts / Artists monograph 2009
Borderline
Timisoara, Romania / Group catalogue/ conference paper 2009
In Romanian and English
Fingal’s Cave
An Tobar, Isle of Mull / Exhibition catalogue
Fingal’s Cave / Blue Flora Celtica
Foksal Gallery, Poland / Joint exhibition catalogue 2008
Contact Rushes / Poprzez Portret
Fabryka Sztuki / Narodowe Centrum Kultury
A Landscape Symphony in 22 Movements
Threshold Artspace / Exhibition catalogue 2005
Threshold
Threshold Artspace / Project catalogue 2005
The Windmills of Innerleithen
Exhibition catalogue 2005
Reception
Ledingham Chalmers / Exhibition catalogue 2003

Residencies

Duke University – Visiting Artist (2016)
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Durham, North Carolina, USA
Cafe Tissardmine (2014)
Morocco
The Arctic Circle (2012)
Svalbard, High Arctic
Kolin Ryyanänen (2012)
Koli Natural Park, Finland
I-Park (2011)
Artist Residency Centre, East Haddam, Connecticut, USA
Brantwood (2007)
Former home of John Ruskin / Brantwood Trust, Coniston, Lake District, England
Threshold Artspace (2005)
Perth Concert Hall, Perth
Lead Artist

Public Collections

Threshold Artspace, Perth Concert Hall, Perth
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Corporate Collections

Ledingham Chalmers, Edinburgh