DOWSER ISSUE 4: PERSISTENT VISION by Lesley Keen
A6, 44 pages, colour printing, Perfect bound, Softcover, 2021
“DOWSER Issue 4 (Spring 2021) profiles the work of the experimental animator Lesley Keen and her production company Persistent Vision (1982–1999). From her studio in Glasgow, Keen navigated the field of broadcast television in the early days of Channel 4 to produce a body of work steeped in histories of visual culture, mythology, spirituality and the unconscious mind. Characterised by the flow of luminous lines, Keen’s highly individual work has explored many aspects of non-narrative filmmaking, wherein animation provides a means of describing concepts that could not be otherwise visualised.
This issue comprises a new interview with Keen, reflecting candidly on her experience of Scotland’s production environment in the 1980s. It also includes excerpts of an essay by Keen on the techniques and theories employed in her analogue work, originally published within a companion volume to the animation Taking a Line for a Walk (1983). The issue is generously illustrated with a selection of production artwork, film stills and photography from Keen’s personal archive.”