Twenty Foot Square
film frame from Twenty Foot Square, depicts a close-up ( x 50) of inside a Bluebell flower, with tiny spider
Year of release: 2009
Original format: HD video (16.9)
Running time: 1 minute 20 seconds
Screening format: digital screening versions available
Credits: A film by Stuart Moore and Kayla Parker
Production: Sundog Media
Distribution and sales: Sundog Media

The title refers to a small, walled, city garden, a space that is literally twenty foot square. The film captures intimate moments within the garden on an early summer’s day: microscopic stop-frame animation of insect life in flowers and time-lapse photographs of sunlight moving across leaves is counter-pointed by the sound of birdsong, tadpoles and fish feeding in the pond. Site, sight, sound and memory, on a perfect afternoon in summer.

A ‘foot’ is an English unit of measurement related to the scale of the human body (there are approximately 3 ‘feet’ in a metre). The film looks at how we understand our place on the earth, as part of the natural world. Twenty Foot Square also recalls a psychic place, measured out in frames of time; a mythic garden of eden.

Production notes
We’re in the garden: I’m manipulating flowers and taking series of sequential photographs hand-held at 50x magnification (I need to use my feet as well as my hands for this); Stuart is recording time-lapse on a stills camera fixed to a tripod and making sound recordings.

Publication and comments
Strange New Times editor at Plymouth Uni’s first media arts festival The People’s Republic of South Devon (online) (24 September 2009)
Uni to host its first Media Arts Festival The Herald: thisisplymouth (online) (Sunday, September 20, 2009, 19:38). Plymouth: South West Media Group

Exhibition selected
One Minute vol 4 collection of artists’ moving image curated by Kerry Baldry:
Light Night Liverpool 2016 Liverpool Small Cinema; Night Sounding, Project, Yessling, Flora, Verge: Nocturne and White Body also screened (13 May 2016, 5pm to 11pm)

One Minute vol 4 collection of artists’ moving image curated by Kerry Baldry:
One Minute Hull Artists’ Moving Image Festival, Museum of Club Culture, Hull (7 November 2015, 10am to 4pm)

One Minute collection (volumes 1-6) exhibition at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe (20 July 2013, volume 4 10am to 4pm)
One Minute collection (volumes 1 to 6) exhibition at Furtherfield Gallery, Finsbury Park, London (25 and 26 January 2013, volume 4)

One Minute vol 3, 4 and 5, presented by Virginia Hilyard and Peloton Gallery. Redfern Warehouse, 13 Gibbons Street, Redfern, Australia (4 to 26 April 2012)

One Minute exhibition at Peloton Gallery, Sydney Australia. Presentation of the One Minute collections volumes 3, 4 and 5 (24 November to 17 December 2011)
Soundwaves Festival, the Shorts a la Carte collection of 8 films screened ‘silently’ whilst each member of the audience curates their own soundtrack, part of the Listen! programme on the final evening; Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton, UK. Thanks to Philip Ilson, London Short Film Festival (17 July 2011)
One Minute volume 4 international touring programme of artists’ moving image curated by Kerry Baldry: One Minute volume 4 blog
The first of the London Underground Film Sessions, presented by Robert Monk and David Sharkey at The Horse Hospital London, UK (6 April 2011)
Flatpack and Fierce Festival, The Garage Presents... by VIVID, Birmingham, UK (23 March 2011)
The Museum of Club Culture Hull (Saturday 5 February 2011, 12pm to 5pm)

Shorts a la Carte Inamo Restaurant in Soho, Special Event for the 8th London Short Film Festival. Programme of 8 films projected (without sound) onto the diners’ tables; other films are: Verge: Nocturne, Heirloom, Small World, Poppies, Blue Kayak (Stuart Moore), Project, and Sunset Strip (9 January 2011)

One Minute vol 4 collection of artists’ moving image curated by Kerry Baldry:
Kinofest: international digital film festival, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, Romania. See Kinofest programme (3 to 7 November 2010)
Plymouth Arts Centre with an introduction by Stuart Moore and Kayla Parker, a Q+A discussion follows after the screening. See programme notes (6pm Tuesday 19 October 2010)
Stew Gallery Norwich, UK (18 October 2010)
PARADOX The Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, UK (24 September 2010)
Future Proof exhibition Marseille Project Gallery France (18 September 2010)
The Ukranian Art Festival Koktebel (7 to 9 September 2010)
Big Screen
: Liverpool and Manchester in July, then all Big Screens across the UK during August 2010
Directors Lounge Contemporary Media and Art present One Minute volume 4 at the Meinblau Berlin (4 June) and at the C.A.R. (Contemporary Art Ruhr) Media Art Fair, Essen, Germany (2 to 4 July 2010)
PRISM at S1Artspace Sheffield, UK (14 May 2010)
Moors Bar Crouch End, London, UK (Preview 6.30pm to 8.30pm 6 May 2010; then screening all weekend 8 and 9 May 2010, 11am to 9pm, as part of the Crouch End Open Studios weekend)

Media Arts Festival Jill Craigie cinema, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK (premiere, 27 September 2009)

One Minute volume 4 includes work by:
Katharine Meynell, Jonathan Moss, Eva Rudlinger, Chris Meigh Andrews, Martin Pickles, Gordon Dawson, Sam Renseiw and Philip Sanderson, Tony Hill, Laure Prouvost, Stuart Moore and Kayla Parker, Kerry Baldry, Alex Pearl, Steven Ball, Anahita Razmi, Kate Jessop, Bob Levene, Erica Scourti, Elizabeth Hobbs, Liam Wells, Claire Morales, Michael Cousin, Tina Keane, Virginia Hilyard, Riccardo Iacono, Fil Ieropoulos, Marty St. James, James Snazell, Stuart Pound, Richard Tuohy, Simon Payne, Tansy Spinks, Louisa Minkin, Zhel Vukicevic, Leister/Harris, Nicki Rolls, Nick Herbert, Daniela Butsch, Michael Szpakowski, David Kefford, Cate Elwes.