My current film project in progress Wakeful is emerging from ‘research and development’ and filming is due to start in the UK and Estonia later this year and be completed by 2018.
There is a website for the project at: wakefulproject.org
I will be working with vocal performers across borders, exploring songs, memory and the effects of cold and trauma on the voice: combining singing with ship soundscapes in the icy mid-winter Baltic and the percussive noise of industrial shipbuilding. This experimental work aims to commemorate peace 100 years on and facilitate participation in discussions about the issues that still resonate today: the impossibility of borders in the sea, war,loss, trauma, songs, inter-generational memory and pacifism.
Wakeful draws on a hidden history from 1918-19 – the ‘undeclared’ war on the new government in Soviet Russia. It also focuses on intergenerational memory, vocal resonance, songs and the experiences of individual sailors caught up in history. Wakeful (motto: ‘If I Sleep, I May be Caught’ ) was a ‘W class’ destroyer on which my father was leading cook. Built at Clydebank in 1917, during ‘Red Clydeside’ it was part of the ‘Baltic Cruise’ of 1918-19: a small squadron sent off from Rosyth immediately following the Armistice to engage with the ‘Red Navy’ in the Gulf of Finland. I am especially interested in the soundscape of the ship – in the Baltic in the icy, cold mid-winter – and also the percussive nature of industrial shipbuilding and the effects of cold and emotions on the human voice. There is an account from journals in the IWM of a concert on Xmas Day 1918 with contributions from crew – including music hall songs – taking place just before the capture of a soviet ship and leading Bolshevik Raskolnikov. Although my father, in common with so many others of his generation, spoke very little about his war experiences and the memory of the Russian sailors in icy seas was an isolated one, he did sing and some of my strongest memories are of him singing songs that belong to that particular period.
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I am facilitating a workshop about remembered songs and presenting the draft of a new audio work: ‘Through the Air With the Greatest of Ease: an exploration of phonogenie’ at Fluid Sounds at the University of Copenhagen in Amager, part of psi ‘Fluid States’. The completed work will later be published as an audio paper along with other work from the event – some great sound artists involved! More here
Validated teaching units include: Artists’ Film & Video, Surrealism and Film, Fine Art Contextual Studies, Fine Art Studio Practice, Mobilising the Photographic Image, Exploring Film, Constructing Reality in Film, Representation and Identity.
See Red, book from Four Corners Press, autumn 2016
‘Through the air with the greatest of ease: phonogenie’, Seismograf/DMT peer-reviewed journal (Fluid Sounds – special issue), Denmark, forthcoming 2016
‘Ghost on the Wire’ (2) exhibition at Objectif, Singapore, Aug. 2016
Heterotopias festival, 2017, showing the Wakeful project in progress
New work by Anne Robinson in The Hollow, curated by Sarah Sparkes at We Could Not Agree:
What was So Was So, colouring book with sound/digital print on 180gsm, 2014.
(Photographed at: ‘The Hollow’ curated by Sarah Sparkes at ‘We Could Not Agree’, 13th to 19th October, 2014)
New work, What was So Was So gives voice to childhood obsessions with songs, words and colouring in.. going over the edges as a remembered song travels down through time with some queasily disturbing distortions..
Film works in progress 2014:
Thrashing in the Static
Thrashing in the Static is an exploration of time travel in film. Further details here. This work features movements devised and performed by artist Rachel Gomme.
The Autopsy Clock
Over Time in September: find out more here
see additional print works here