Bringing Image to Life

Bringing Image to Life – a  conversation on the hidden labour of sound designers with Chu-Li Shewring and Zhe Wu chaired by The Wire’s writer Chal Ravens

Tuesday 7 November, 6:30pm
Genesis Cinema
93-95 Mile End Rd
London E1 4UJ
Tickets £5

Two women sound designers shortlisted for the 2017 Jules Wright Prize share insight into their invisible art and craft of layering emotions, mood and underscoring actions in films. From field recording in unusual locations to solitary work in the studio, Chu-Li Shewring and Zhe Wu offer a glimpse to the behind the scenes of giving films the power to speak, draw us in and move us through space, time and emotions.

The event is presented in partnership between Film London Artists’s Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) and The Wapping Project.

Chu-Li Shewring is a filmmaker and sound designer collaborating mainly with artists and independent filmmakers. She is also a visiting sound tutor at UCL and the National Film and Television School. Before this, she worked at the production company Illuminations that specialises in films about the arts, then as a medical videographer at Charing Cross Hospital. Shewring is a graduate of MA in Sound Design at the National Film and Television School. Hunger (2008), by Steve McQueen, was one of her first experiences working with an artist. Her most recent collaborations are with the artist Frances Scott on her film installation CANWEYE { } (2016), and her archival film Diviner. Shewring has also worked with the artists Ben Rivers, Phil Coy and Esther Johnson.

Zhe Wu grew up in China and is based in London. She works worldwide as a sound designer and re-recording mixer. In 2010, she received two Verna Fields nominations for Golden Reels Awards from the MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) in Los Angeles and a Best Sound nomination from the British Animation Awards. Wu worked with artist filmmaker Sarah Turner on her two feature films Perestroika and Public House. She has also worked on the film installation The Running Tongue by Siobhan Davies and David Hinton. Rather than creating sounds that simply “enlarge” the picture, she is interested in sound design that enhances the emotion and storytelling of the film.

Chal Ravens is London-based music journalist specialising in electronic and experimental music. She is a regular contributor to The Wire, Pitchfork, The Guardian and FACT Magazine, and the host of Top Flight, a weekly radio show on Red Bull Radio dedicated to brand new club music from around the world.

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