Film and Performance

Wakeful

My current film project in progress Wakeful  is emerging from ‘research and development’. I have been working with amazing artists in Estonia and Germany and filming is due to start in the UK and Estonia later this year. More details here.

Thrashing in the Static, 2014

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Thrashing in the Static is a ‘songfilm’ made on the Thames foreshore in response to long-distance, telegraphic communication, and disorienteering and concerning the story of Alf, my half-brother, a young sailor, who was ‘lost at sea’ and remains stranded on a small island iin 1942. Can the technical operations of a ‘sorcerer’s cinema’ and the uncanny nature of painting and erasure derange our senses and create magical, relations to space-time, allowing us to traverse time-zones and cross the bounds of one temporally imprisoned human life? Filming, editing and song by Anne Robinson and featuring  performance by Rachel Gomme. (2014, running time: 19mins. sound).

Thrashing in the Static is showing along with the painting series Skinny White Sailor in phase two of ‘Ghost on the Wire’ at Singapore’s exciting and innovative art and film space: Objectifs in August. More news to follow

And has also been shown at:

POOL at CGP, London 2015

Papay Giro Nights, Orkney and Hong Kong, 2015

Ghost on the Wire, Bermondsey Project Space

Seafar for Deptford X 2014 and Folkstone Triennial Fringe, Old Truckers’ Lounge

Time You Need

Congratulations to artist Sarah Sparkes! winner of the ‘Meru Art-Science Award for her film Time You Need. Very pleased to have worked on this as editor and on post-production effects! Showing at: GAMeC  (Gallery d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea) as part of the 13th Bergamo Science Festival.

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The Result of This Deception, 2013

The Result Of This Deception is a song-film, a lost voice paradoxically offering comfort and a light to light your way in the dark winter’s night… concerned with time travel, with ‘remembered songs’ as a kind of psychic architecture and with the voice as spirit presence. It uses a deconstruction of the song Whenever I Feel Afraid on the soundtrack and has been adapted to form a site specific piece for Lumen in the old St Clements psychiatric hospital and former Victorian workhouse – playing in the strange, empty space of the records cupboard below stairs. In this piece, moments in time are expanded or contracted through sonic and cinematic devices, creating a kind of expanded, other-worldly temporality. (20min on loop with sound)

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Inside Out Blues, 2013

The Inside Out Blues makes a sound thread for a film. The voice is on the inside coming out.  Surrealist Antonin Artaud’s last work To Have Done With the Judgement of God, written for radio in France in 1947, worked with the extremes of unsettling ‘mad’ noises, shouts, cries and glossolalia. Artaud particularly wanted workers, people working with their hands and bodies, perhaps those most imprisoned in the body, to hear his work. Scheduled to air early in 1948, it was pulled from the broadcasting schedule at the last minute, intentional hegemonic repression, still visible in the gross gentrifying of Marseilles as ‘capital of capital’. On the edge of fortress Europe, the voice can cross borders in frenzied dance that soars over the razor wires of the rich and dives /’divers’ under the sea. ‘chantier: acces interdit’ become ‘à chanter pour la liberté’… across the laws and borders made to keep people out, to let the outside-in…  ‘Acces Interdit’, you are being filmed.. Inside Out Blues was made as part of a residency with Counterproductions and DeCenter Der Space in Marseilles, 2013 and first screened at CGP, London in October 2013. (20mins with sound) video link

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Is It You?  2012

‘Is it You?’ is a two-screen video piece made by Anne Robinson as part of a body of work about temporality and affect, experimenting with the use of high speed filming and long exposures to capture the same moments of time passing.This piece is a kind of ‘ghost dance’ working with rhythmic patterns made in response to the spectral traces of remembered songs, including Toots and the Maytalls track Pressure Drop, re-presenting them out of time in dissociated rhythms. Seeing is ‘strange’. First shown as part of PhD Exhibition at CASS, 2012. (17mins. with sound) video link

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Que Sera, 2010

Que Sera is a two-screen photo/video installation work,  first shown Correspondence:  a Facility supported group exhibition at Libeskind Graduate Centre, June 2010. The song, a perfect, recognisable form, is deconstructed using varied cinematic devices, frame-rate and exposures to catch the same moments in time passing and juxtapose these for the perceiver. Passing moments expand or contract, catching the spectator in perceptually unsettling circuits of rhythm. Que Sera emerged, in part, from a persistent memory of a particular song: a kind of haptic and visual sense memory, something in the periphery of my receptive field which was there along with my immersion in thinking about  temporality in art . The song Que Sera (Evans/Livingston 1956), is best known in its interpretation by Doris Day in the 1950s  and one of my earliest memories is of my mother singing this to me. First shown as part of PhD Exhibition at CASS, 2012. (18min. with sound) video link

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So Long, 2013

So Long is a singing performance devised for the show Performance and Documentation, curated by Stephanie Dickinson in 2013. The work combines a performance in the space, holding notes for the maximum possible duration with high speed filmed documentation and experimental drawn documentation. First shown at East Street Arts Showspace, London, 2013. video link

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Alive Alive-O,  2012

In Alive Alive-O, a remembered song reinhabits the strange and magical shape of an empty ruined boat, as an invocation. The film was shot in inside the hull of an 1895 lugger being restored in Penzance where my dad, also born in 1895, grew up. I have memories of him singing this song,  Molly Malone, the haunted presence in the boat space. The soundtrack was made in collaboration with musician David Cross, formerly of King Crimson. (10 miins. B/W, with sound) video link

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Roaring Girl, 2012

Roaring Girl was made for a project in 2012, working with the Comm(o)nist Gallery at East Street Arts in Leeds. The film is intended as part of a performance which features the song  ‘Buddy Can You Spare A Dime?’ being sung live along with the projection – an invocation of past souls defeated by capital, making a psychic architecture out of a ‘remembered song’… First screened/preformed at The Common-all Games at East Street Arts, 2012.  Also performed on board MS Stubniz for Exploding Cinema  in 2013. (12mins. with sound and live performance) video link

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Song of the Skiver, 2011

The Song of the Skiver was made for an exhibition with the Comm(o)nist Gallery at The Toilet Gallery in Kingston in 2011. It was devised as an installattion, set up with a cctv camera positioned above a toilet cubicle door, pointing down into the cubicle to record any activity inside and relay it to the screen on the outside of the door. People are invited to come inside and skive in whatever way they feel moved to. From time to time the film is showing and the soundtrack runs continuously.  Inspired, in part by the moment in 1936 Charlie Chaplin film Modern Times  where Charlie ‘skives’ off to the toilet for a fly cigarette only to be ordered back to work by his boss materialising on a film screen, this is a song for artists seeking to resist the commodification machine of the art world and to make work in real freedom and for all workers who don’t want to wind up with physical, mental or spiritual convulsing limbs fit only for the conveyor belt. (gallery version 12mins, short film version 1min. with sound) video link

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Mountain, 2011

Made for CGTV, this is a one-minute film about land, property and wealth… (1min. with sound) video link

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All at once a mighty herd they saw, slipping and sliding across the screen and in and out of consciousness.. riding on forever through time and space… Made for the 2014 Chinese Open in Soho, in the ‘year of the horse’.  (15 mins. on loop, with sound)

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Dance a Cleaner Dream, 2014

Made for a Feminism and Subjectivity Research event at University of the Arts, Chelsea, in response to Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons,  this work picks up on a description of a film never made and imagines ‘a meeting of two artistic mysteries’ – a found footage where Stein might just be portrayed by Margaret Rutherford.  (5mins. with sound)

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Spin Round, 2011-13

A manually selected live jukebox featuring feminist favourites with an element of chance… This performance was originally devised as part of Rachael House’s Feminist Disco at Camberwell School of Art in 2011. The image here shows another incarnation of the work at Supernormal  Festival in 2013 with Rachael’s ‘To be Normal..’ banner in the background and a version has also been performed as part of Grave Passions curated by NIcky Hodge in 2012.

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Protest Your Love, 2011-12

A manual selection juke box: ‘to operate, select a song from the hat and write the title on the blackboard…’ A performance in which which fragments of protest songs, ingrained in heart and memory are performed live to an individual listener. Originally devised for Manual, with the Frisk collective and performed at The Others,  London in 2011. Other venues have included Brixton Market, Camberwell Green and The University of Leeds during PSI in 2012.

(see ‘archive’ link for selected earlier works)

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