The Light & Shadow Salon



Doors open at 7pm, programme begins at 7.30 sharp

(£5 entry on the door)

Dear friends of the Salon,

A happy new 2013 to you all! I hope the crossing was fruitful, inspiring, and that it fired your minds into a frenzy of determination and resolution for the new year.

Here at the Light & Shadow Salon we've kept the embers glowing while we wandered off awhile to gather new ideas, new stories, discovering new ways of looking through our own very eyes.

This glorious, lucky 13 year begun for us with a strong desire to build, to commit ourselves to the communal task of nurturing the minds, quickening the bodies, sharpening the thoughts, fueling the conversations, with greater vision and even greater courage. We want to continue to provide a place for us all to share the art that we make, with great pride and often under very difficult circumstances, but that nevertheless keeps us afloat in dark times, and reminds us constantly of what our responsibilities are as artists, as citizens, as sentient human beings, no matter how hard the times may be.

We have many surprises in store for the months ahead, including a publication and a festival, and I am very excited to share this all with you as the year develops.

To begin with, for this month's Salon I would like to invite you all to bring something to share with us, whether a film or a poem, a thought or an observation, a drawing or a song, anything that reflects your feelings as we begin again, a resolution for the new year.

Here is an excerpt from a text written by composer John Zorn as a preface to his ARCANA books (the full text will be one of the offerings at this month's Salon) that might put you in the right mood:

"Our present culture is in chaos, riddled with corruption, greed and materialism. A rite of passage is necessary to break from this maelstrom, to gain contact and remain in accord with the ancient continuum of creativity that gives true meaning and order to the universe. At is one form of such a discipline. It is a sacred trust, and to honour it one must endure hardship and make personal sacrifices. The Dark Ages is a time for coming together, and often Art and Music can function as a call to arms."

In this spirit I invite you to join us, and reignite the embers into full-fledged flames, more than ever we need this fire burning vigorous and strong in this long, dark winter we're in.


The Light & Shadow Salon is a place for artists, writers and audience to meet and share ideas about the past, present and future of the moving image in all its forms.

The Salon is a place for exchange, interaction and cross-pollination and it welcomes active contributions and interventions from all its participants.

The Salon endeavours to support a structured and informed dialogue around film, the moving image and all that it involves: from magic to science, from sound to the eye, from ritualism to storytelling, from myth-making to hypnosis.

The Salon intends to act as a temporary and ephemeral container  for all the work, ideas and people with an independent, radical and idiosyncratic nature, who renounce to find a home in existing movements/institutions but rather embrace the nomadic and transitory nature of art.

The Salon supports individual thought, inquisitive minds and a desire to further knowledge through dialogue and exchange.

‘So when you hear yourself invited to ‘see’, it is not the sight of this eye (of the flesh) that I would have you think about. You have another eye within, much clearer that that one, an eye that looks at the past, the present, and the future all at once, which sheds the light and keenness of its vision over all things, which penetrates things hidden and searches into complexities, needing no other light by which to see all this, but seeing by the light that it possesses itself.’ (Hugh of St Victor)