We are currently looking for inspiring women working in the field of deep sea and space exploration to be the voices of this new artist’s film project.
Human / Nature is set around two critical frontiers of today: deep sea and space – romanticised stages, which are at the same time present-day borders of conquest for mineral resources and territory. The work will ask questions about the fantasies we construct and investigate the intimate relationship between exploration and exploitation.
Shot on location in underwater training habitats, these rehearsal spaces provide the visual backdrop for the film’s fragmented dialogue that interweaves narratives from the history of space and deep-sea exploration – real and fantasy. The script will explore how reverberant layers of industrialisation and colonialism have affected the way we relate to our environment – both immediate and distant. Narrated by female pioneers of deep sea and space exploration, the work will open up alternatives to these legacies in a poetic montage, which in turn poses questions about our current state and how we should move forward into these frontiers.
Human/Nature is being developed as part of the Culture & Climate Change residency, which is supported by The Open University Open Space Research Centre, The University of Sheffield School of Architecture, the Ashden Trust, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.
Jennifer Brea’s fine documentary is about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It chronicles her own struggles will the illness while adding a global perspective.
I did some underwater filming for this amazing project that will soon be screened in UK cinemas.
Find out more about the project here: http://www.unrest.film
Tenderflix is an international experimental film and video competition organised by Tenderpixel. In its 9th year in 2016 we received over 350 submissions for the theme, Better Living. Originally related to the design field, this notion genuinely echoes a wider strive to imagine better structures for building all aspects of our lives – most importantly in terms of aesthetics, economics and social relations.
The shortlisted 11 films will be screened on 25 November 2016 at The Horse Hospital in London, where the winner of the competition will be announced and given the £1000 cash prize.
Karin Kihlberg & Reuben Henry, A Mountain Close Up is Only Rock
Dagmar Schürrer, I Want To Be Like You
Alyona Larionova, Across Lips
Sarah Cockings & Harriet Fleuriot, Plasma Vista
Lidija Kononenko, Intimacy in Four Acts: A Conversation with a Friend
Evy Jokhova, A House for a Mouse
Jeremy Hutchison, i-
Natalia Skobeeva, Lewis Carroll Meets Godzilla
Emma Critchley & Gail Jenkinson, Unfold
Gary Zhexi Zhang, lacoste1
The School of the Event Horizon (Steven Ounanian, Kate Pickering, Emily Rosamond), Triple Bottom Line
Josephine Curtis, executive producer of Liberation Films
Etan Ilfeld, founder of Tenderpixel Gallery
Lawrence Lek, artist and winner of the 2015 Tenderflix Prize
The Tenderflix Prize is generously supported by the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.
Recent commission for Opera North Projects
I’m delighted to have been selected for the Climate Change in Residence: Future Scenarios, along with artists Lena Dobrowolska & Teo Ormond-Skeaping and Zoë Svendson.
Working with artists’ moving image, photography, installation, theatre and performance, the chosen artists will undertake a new kind of residency programme which embeds them within climate research and policy knowledge networks, rather than within one institution. They will engage with climate scenarios, and explore and extend the ways in which society engages with the range of possible future climates.
Announced at Jerwood Space on Monday night, Shonagh Manson, Director of Jerwood Charitable Foundation said “These networked residencies will put culture and artistic practice at the heart of conversations about our climate futures. The artists selected have demonstrated a keen hunger for dialogue and exchange around these issues, which passionately inform their work. These residencies will harness the imaginations of talented artistic individuals for the benefit of the scenario planning network whilst simultaneously providing a unique research environment in which each artist can further their own practice and projects.”