As part of the Life of Breath Project and the Being Human Festival…
Raptures of the Deep
Free-divers can seem like super humans. They have extraordinary, seemingly implausible, control over their bodies, particularly their breathing, and offer a fascinating insight into the connection between mind and body. A series of short films featuring record breakers including Johanna Nordblad and Guillaume Néry and our guest Liv Philip, will set the scene. Then we’ll discuss why the experience of losing the breath can both terrifying and exhilarating with champion freediver Liv Philip, artist Emma Critchley and researchers Rebecca Oxley and Arthur Rose.
23 November 2017, Durham
Over the next month Tate St Ives are showing a selection of my films that relate to themes drawn from Jessica Warboy’s work, particularly the large scale ‘Sea Paintings’.
Friday 11 August – Friday 1st September 2017
More information can be found on the Tate website: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-st-ives/film/film-friday
I’m very happy to announce that the project Human/Nature, developed as part of the Culture & Climate Change: Scenarios Residency Programme has just received funding from Jerwood Charitable Foundation for the film’s production.
Filming started last month at the ALMA observatory in the Atacama Desert
Culture and Climate Change is supported by The Open University OpenSpace Research Centre, The University of Sheffield School of Architecture, The Ashden Trust, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.
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.