Road for the Future, roadforthefuture.info Commissioned by artist Anna Best.
Funded by Arts Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust, West Dorset District Council. Supported by PVA Media Lab.
16mm film for a site specific project on Powerstock Common, Dorset.
The film is an observation and portrayal of three men at work in the local countryside, a deer stalker and squirrel trapper and an activist who uses road kill skins. This work focuses on the solitary activities the men pursue, and their relationship with animals and through the land. The work asks subtle questions about the film’s subjects, manifesting the physical quality of their work, avoiding broadcast formats of storytelling or informing. Who are they, why are we told so little, unanswered questions evoke a palpable atmosphere and take us to a place outside the verbal.
The work was first shown using a cycle powered cinema in a ponybox on Powerstock Common June 2012. The event also included film and performance works by artists Adam Chodzko and Judith Dean. These events were accompanied by a discussion around future use of the rural landscape hosted by Bridport Arts Centre and supported by PVA Media lab and facilitated by Sophie Hope.
Tate Learning Research project. Curated by Leanne Turvey, Alice Walton, Tate Learning. Funding sources through Tate. With artists Jo Addison, Harold Offeh, Natasha Kidd, Emma Hart, Eitan Buchner, Alex Schady, Eve Peasnall, writers Dean Kenning and Richard Whitby.
Tate Learning Curators research question is:
How can we work with artists and artists’ practice to genuinely inform content and structure of work on the TATE Learning programme?
The artists have been invited to respond to this question and are approaching the project in a variety of ways.
My research question in this instance is the extent to which a new artwork can be a learning tool in itself. As a practitioner working with moving image I have been using my 16mm camera as my research tool within the TATE moving image collection store where I have filmed a conservator maintaining projectors. This new work entitled Gustav, Graham and Lee, is being screened throughout Tate Modern in different contexts. To date this has been a screening to the Tate Learning team in The Starr Auditorium, and a two week screening in the context of Tacita Deans FILM with links to the Moving Image works on show at Tate Modern in Dec 2011. The work should also become available on the Tate website.
A series of discussions held bi-monthly has been held and documented to be presented as a publication in 2013. The work will be presented at a conference in June 2013 as part of the Tate Tanks series at Tate Modern.
Things that had stories rubbed out, Commissioned by Whitstable Biennale. Researching visual perception and decision-making through studio based film-making in collaboration with a range of creative practitioners to make a 16mm film colour stereo with photographic prints installed in a garden shed in Whitstable. Production Sept 2009 – June 2010 Exhibition 19 June- 4 July Continued web presence, Co-exhibitors included Emma Hart, Karen Mirza, Olivia Plender, Phil Coy, Adam Chodzko and others. More information is available on the Whitstable Biennale website.
Little White Feather and the Hunter, Commissioned by Commissions East, Funded by Essex County Council. Research investigating knowledge hierarchies and their representation, challenging the documentary form, in particular pace and the voice over using contemporary USA and UK as the backdrop to a re-telling of the story of Native American princess Pocahontas. Book and DVD with essay by Lisa Le Feuvre, Edited by David Wright and Ben Eastop, Published May 2009. Artist film-maker.
Land of Silence and Darkness, Demonstration 50.15 and Blind Movies, Commissioned by Wellcome Trust with Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, additionally funded by Arts Council England. Research into visual perception within the Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics Department at Oxford University. In particular investigating a blind movie drawing process alongside use of camera as a tool for learning and the visual challenges of censorship in the anatomy lab. October 2007 – Dec 2009, Artist film-maker curator. Land of Silence and Darkness contributions from Writer and academic Dr Kate Tunstall, Neuroscientist Dr Wyeth Bair, Film writer and academic Dr Silke Panse, Film cameraman (Filmed Werner Herzogs Land of Silence and Darkness) Jorg Schmitt-Reitwein, artist Lindsay Seers.
Begail Foxwell Whip, 16mm film, colour stereo 7mins as part of Holy Hiatus – Ritual and Community in Public Art, Commissioned by artist curator Ruth Jones.
Funded by AHRC through Land2 at University of the West of England.
The film is the outcome of research into the interaction between expert young people and working animals in rural West Wales as part of a continued interest in unsupervised young people, amateur experts and the value of non-academic knowledge. Using the camera and moment of filming as a tool for investigation, alongside non-sync voice recordings. The film was first presented in a café exhibition space in Cardigan, West Wales.
A symposium including live presentation of work and conversation with Anthrozoo-ologist Samantha Hurn of University of Wales in Lampeter developed into Holy Hiatus, a hardback book with published conversation from symposium alongside other artists work and essays, Jan 2008 - May 2008 Production, May 2008 Exhibition and Symposium, Jan 2011 Publication. http://www.holyhiatus.co.uk