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Bruit is a project in association with The British Library of London, situated in Kings Cross. A group project featuring: Maya Marangi, Emily Tonkinson Sharp, Lisa McCormack, Mai Harris and Arun Rose.
We worked with the British Library to create a publication based upon the most unassessed, niche element of their collection, and distributed the book to a larger audience outside of the library.
This was a group project worked on by myself, Frankie Storey, Jane Boehlert, Kaiya Waerea, Lauren Coutts, Martina Zheng, and Tatyana Eastap-Johnson, Caitlin McConnell, Fred Hoad.
The Environment Keeps Happening To Me. A 20 minute festival of accidental performance in Brixton Recreation centre in which we, as a group took inspiration from the architecture - choreographing an intervention. “You are here to spectate a speculative spectacle in which the spectator is the spectacle and the spectacle is a spectator.”
ZAO: Liminality. The concept for this project was to experience and present the world through the perspective of a designed ZombieAlienOther. The new way of navigating existence, the ZAO isn’t seen – they follow the rules of liminality. Liminality represents the in-between stage. This concept is very broad in the subjects it can be applied to from transitional stages of life and rites of passage to modes of transport and changing landscapes.
The body of work I created is a product of my hometown Hartlepool’s landscape. I spent a few days re-exploring Hartlepool through the ZAO’s perspective. The ZAO’s is very curious and eager to understand the environment around them, this aspect of their personality causes them to collect object they find interesting and defying of the space they are in.
When performing as the ZAO, I collected objects throughout Hartlepool’s liminal landscapes. Focusing on the beaches which are constantly undergoing natural change as well the effect of the busy shipping docks being washed up on shore, amongst the litter washed up there is also remanence of fishing equipment and objects of leisure being left behind – for an industrial working-class town I feel like it relevant that a lot of the toys left behind are forms of working equipment such as spades.
I experimented with pinhole cameras, positioning a roll of film through a small structure made from card and metal cans, there are a few layers of holes cut into the material to carefully create lenses like gap pulling a piece of card out the way of this gap allows light into effect the film. I also took digital photography alongside using the pinhole camera to ensure I had imagery fitting for the concept.
I looked towards Film Noir for inspiration towards visual language, because the carefully composed scenes use of strongly contrasting light would help me be able to direct the viewer to specific points in the photography. I also thought about the actions the ZAO would be making when exploring a new landscape, taking photos from the perspective of looking in every direction as well as from angles of interaction such as crouching down to pick something up or feeling a surface, considering what the ZAO would see during these moments of curiosity