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Mr Chance said he had believed it was intentional (2005)
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Façade re-transmits some of the flawed utopias and polarised theories suggested by Sergei Eisenstein's unmade film 'The Glass House' into a fantastical vision of contemporary glass architecture far removed from its egalitarian origins. Shot in a green screen television studio the action takes place in the non-spaces it describes conflating archive footage of plate glass manufacture with architectural 'walkthroughs' of never-to-be-built glass buildings. Narrated by TV news anchor Julia Somerville Façade casts 'glass' as a transparent subject rendered slowly opaque by the language it engenders.
Working with a production film crew and architectural visualisation specialists Miller Hare, Façade's production process implements the tools and hierarchical systems associated with corporate media production in order to reveal the constituent parts of that system.
Façade was commissioned by Arts Council England through Film London Artists' Moving Image Network, Whitstable Biennale and Futurecity, with co-support from the BFI National Archive, National Glass Centre, Miller Hare, Pilkington Group Ltd and Foggo Associates.
Screenings | Exhibitions:
>> Whitstable Biennale (2010)
>> South London Gallery (2010)
>> Whitechapel Gallery (2011)
>> National Glass Centre (2011)
>> Artprojx, Armoury show, SVA Theatre, New York (2011)
>> Loop Festival Barcelona (2011)
>> Recollect, Wysing Arts Centre (2012)
>> Grimshaw Architects, LFA (2012)
Language and property crumble in an exploration of the impact of coastal erosion on the people and landscape of North Norfolk. Concentrating on the small villages of Walcott and Cley next the Sea, the film combines interviews, field recordings and archive footage.
Features a specially commissioned soundtrack by Alexander Tucker.
Wordland was produced by Cityprojects with funding from Arts Council England and The Elephant Trust.
Screenings | Exhibitions:>> Aldeburgh Music Festival, Suffolk (2013)
>> Film & Video, The Russian Club, London (2010) (pdf)
Peninsula Arts, Plymouth (2009)
Aurora Film Festival, Norwich (2008)
Walcott Village Hall (2008)
Outpost Gallery (2008)
Cley Village Hall (2008)
City Projects (2008)
LUX Event at the Arclola Theatre (2008)
A single column from the newspaper The South London Press in 1887 is filmed as it is spooled through a Microfilm reader on fast forward and randomly stopped on a short segment of text every few seconds. At each stoppage a short section of the text is read out by a voiceover artist.
Microfilm reader was made during a residency at Lambeth Archives funded by Arts Council England.
A single screen video captures Soprano singer Germain Lewis of the Lydians Choir holding a single vibrato note at a redundant Omega tracking station in Trinidad. The tracking station is one of eight that were built and together formed the worlds first Global Navigation System. Decommissioned in 1977 the Omega system used longwave radio transmitters instead of satellites, which are the foundation of current GPS.
Omega was made during an International Artists Residency at Carribean Cultural Association (CCA) in Trinidad, funded by Arts Council England and Triangle Trust.
Screenings | Exhibitions:
275 thumbnail images collected from an internet search for ‘paradise’ played at 25 f.p.s.
City Art Centre, Edinburgh (2004)
Sainsbury's Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (2003)
Hayward Gallery touring show 'Incommunicado' (2003-04) curated by Margot Heller. Artists in the exhibition were: Angus Fairhurst, Bruce Nauman, Chen Zhen, Christian Marclay, Erika Tan, Francesca Woodman, Hirsch Perlman, Jiri Kolar, Lawrence Weiner, Mona Hatoum, Omer Fast, Pavel Büchler, Phil Coy, Samuel Beckett and Marin Karmitz, Smith/Stewart.
In 2010 Eleven seconds of paradise was remade out of a curiosity to see how paradise had changed. Eleven seconds of paradise (2010) was exhited at Russian Club; Phil Coy & Yuko Shiraishi together with Eleven seconds of paradise (2000) and as part of the online exhibition: Digitalis (2011).
A structuralist take on the process of digital and non-linear editing. The video takes a 3.5 second section of a passing train and loops it. With every new loop a single frame is removed so that the speed of the train appears to steadily increase. The process continues until only one frame remains and the video ends.