Nick Jordan Festival Curator
Nick Jordan is a multidisciplinary artist-filmmaker whose work explores the interconnections between natural, cultural and social ecologies. He has exhibited widely at international museums, galleries and film festivals, and his films have received special focus programmes at London Short Film Festival (UK), Minimalen (Norway) and HOME Artist Film Weekender (UK). Jordan has curated several group exhibitions and artist film screening events, and undertaken a number of international residencies and artist film commissions, including Headlands Center for the Arts, San Franciso (USA), British Textiles Biennial (UK), Thackray Museum of Medicine (UK), National Trust (UK), Stasi Record Archive (Germany), ICA (UK). He has been a jury member for several international short film festivals. Nick Jordan studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University (BA) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MA), and is based in Manchester, UK.
Caroline Vitzthum Festival Programmer
Caroline Vitzthum is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, photography, field research and film. Her work engages with the biology, ecology and cultural histories of plants. Vitzthum generates discursive spaces with communities, institutions, and scientists to address climate change. Her particular interest in bryology and peatland conservation is explored in the work titled Speaking Sphagnum, a project developed in partnership with the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Coming to peatland conservation from a background in bespoke tailoring, she is interested in the interlacing of multi-species relationships, experienced through ecological processes and a microscopic lens. She is currently working towards a public-engagement programme and exhibition at Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum planned for June 2024. Vitzthum has recently graduated from the University of Oxford, where she completed her Master of Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Art and Exeter College.
Chris Paul Daniels Festival Programmer
Chris Paul Daniels is an artist-filmmaker based in Manchester. He makes films that respond to place; often merging experimental observation with communal memory and unreliable narration. Paul Daniels’ work is regularly screened internationally and he has made films in and about Kenya, China, Iceland, Sweden and the Netherlands. His work is included in a number of museum collections, and he is the film programmer for Cinema Paradiso events as part of HOME’s Artist Film Weekender. Paul Daniels graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and is a Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking at the School of Digital Arts, at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Mariana Castiñeiras Festival Programmer
Mariana Castiñeiras is a Uruguayan documentary filmmaker. Her work explores the contradictions of human relationships, often in connection to nature and memory. She is a graduate from the DocNomads master in Documentary Filmmaking, which took her to make films in Lisbon, Budapest, and Brussels. Her films have been shown internationally in Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, Helsinki International Film Festival, as well as Braziers Film Festival and in her home country, where her film Exoskeletons won Best Short Film Jury Prize at José Ignacio Film Festival. She is currently based in London, where she works for BBC.
Festival Programmer & Convenor
Hannah Drayson is a Braziers resident and Research Convenor for the Braziers community. Drayson co-convenes the Transtechnology Research group of PhD students in the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Plymouth. Since the beginning of her career, Hannah’s work has been situated at the intersection of arts, science and technology. As an artist and designer, she has explored a range of media as platforms for creative enquiry.
Dave Griffiths Festival Programmer
Dave Griffiths is an artist, researcher and educator. His practice explores our contemporary use of photographic images as lenses through which we commemorate and navigate our history. Griffiths has exhibited internationally in museums, archives, galleries and public spaces. He has presented his practice at international conferences and workshops, and has taught at Manchester School of Art, Leeds Arts University, and Fine Art Academy of Xiamen University, China. Dave Griffiths is based in Manchester (UK) and is programmer of Swedenborg Film Festival (London, UK).