I have now added my latest film “Rats in a Cage” to my online portfolio and is viewable on the Video Work page. This can be seen alongside two of my other films “Look What You’ve Done” and “Fight For Your Rights” at the Southampton Solent Showcase Gallery from the 2nd July to the 21st August 2015.
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Southampton Solent University Degree Show Selection
I am soon to debut my latest film work at Southampton Solent’s Degree show!
My degree show work is a selection of films. They explore how society serves us badly. “Look What You’ve Done” is about tragedy, addiction, mental health and assassination. “Rats in a Cage” explores the administering of badly prescribed pharmaceutical medication, the lack of support for a life free from mass-produced, nutrient depleted, environmentally disastrous food and energy sources and uses lab rats and street and graffiti art in parallel to reflect society’s flaws and a stand against them. “Fight for your Rights” documents one the ways I cope with these realisations; to fight, constructively. All films explore my ethos but from different angles; pain witnessed so publically, a reflection of personal protest and my coping mechanism for these mental reflections.
Look What You’ve Done uses my muses; the people whose music and messages I have listened to and felt an overwhelming empathy for. I feel that their deaths were in vain and that if we lived in a world that cared less about money and power and more about the health and wellbeing of our fellow humans, then they needn’t have suffered such fates.
Rats in a Cage is a visual development of a sound piece I made entitled “Dear the Powers That Be”; an attack on the pharmaceutical industries and consumption. The film documents my slow struggle to achieve self-sufficiency; sourcing materials, building planters, compost bins, planting vegetables and creating sustainable heat sources. It also gives clues as to why I am embarking on this journey and uses the parallels observed in the Rat Park experiment.
Fight for your Rights shows my way of coping with my turmoil in the best, healthiest and most constructive way that works for me. It paradoxically uses violence as a solution by practising the sport of Muay Thai to cope with feelings of anger and maintain a positive mental attitude through exercise and distraction.
Sometimes we are given a gift; people come to us on this earth with an exceptional talent but much too often their pain is evident.
Their pain to me is a direct representation of what we all feel as we endure the unnatural state of society that we are now trapped in.
I see these people and I feel their pain; I feel loss. And it hurts that there are people in power that could work to minimise the pain that humanity suffers, but are instead wrapped up in their own greed. I blame these people for the loss of an infinite number of beautiful souls. How many more are we going to lose?
I have recently created an animation from a quirky little extract recorded at the first “Meeting of Minds” get together. These meetings bring together some of my dearest friends with an array of different viewpoints and specialisms to discuss theories and concepts to do with our internal and external worlds. This particular conversation was about the non-linearity of time.
It is currently being displayed in the pop up art space that used to be Republic, in Basingstoke Festival Place as part of the Basingstoke Festival 2014. See my Events page for more on this and check out the other talented artists showing in the space Here!