Tracy Satchwill: A Home and a Husband, 2020 (3.55)
Tracy Satchwill is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the UK. She works with moving image, sound, performance, and digital processes to explore, through a feminist perspective, ideologies, history and social structures that shape our behaviours and viewpoints. Her work revolves around collage, working with film, photography, mixed media, artefacts, and archival materials.
A Home and a Husband was part of an artist residency project with North Lincolnshire Museum. Tracy was drawn to the cottage in the museum, which was built elsewhere and then dismantled brick by brick to be rebuilt on their site. Through her investigation into the women that lived there she discovers their anguish and frustration of housework duties and explores these emotions through an experimental animation to music, showing the rage and oppression of their role as a housewife. The film examines domesticity from a female’s perspective, looking at the conventional ideals of gender roles.
Tracy’s other works includes Water Marks, which was selected for the Montreal International History Film Festival (2020) and Norwich Film Festival (2019) and Girls will be Girls for the FaB Festival (2020). Her video Striving for Perfection was shortlisted for RSA Moving Image award (2018).
Svetlana Ochkovskaya: Adapting to The New Reality of Life Under Lockdown Date: May 2020 (5.52)
Social interconnectedness offers human beings a sense of identity and a way to deal with our everyday emotions. The lockdown is a time of great anxiety and uncertainty. We feel the world has changed. Many people are stuck inside their homes and not able to visit other places. Everyday routines are boring, and it seems pointless to even do ordinary tasks at home. In Adapting To The New Reality Of Life Under Lockdown I want to make familiar things unfamiliar, to remove everyday life experiences, from familiar associations, to turn it over and to displace it. I would like to give an everyday domestic experience a new meaning, to change the way we perceive the things around us. Bio: I am currently studying MFA Fine Art at the Goldsmiths University of London, having graduated in BA Fine Art from the Southampton Solent University in 2017. I have been shortlisted for Harvest Short Film Competition 2019, Batsford Prize Award 2019, 2017 and for Visual Art Open Prize 2018. I am a finalist of the Journeys Festival International Competition 2018 LookUp, my film Searching for Home has been shown at Aspex Gallery, The Big Screen, No.6 Cinema, Southsea Library and Fratton Park in Portsmouth. Aspex Gallery has nominated me to the shortlist for Platform Graduate Award 2017 and Best Visual Artist Guide Award Portsmouth 2018-2019.
RV and Oliver Tida Tida: The Quarantine Diaries (8.30)
In March 2020 we found ourselves in lockdown alone, one in Paris and the other Brussels, both calling home a country that is not our own and facing the indefinite suspension of work and social life.
We decided to initiate these quarantine diaries in the form of video-dialogue to confront and process our emotions and thoughts about the unfolding events. While reacting to each other from distance and creating together without ever meeting, we explore what ‘communicating’ means.
We face more than ever the challenge of being an artist, in a time when art is considered the first dispensable commodity. And whilst we count how much money is left in our pockets, we look at the world’s economy crumble and witness how radical and fast can be the normalisation of a new era.
Protecting ourselves from the other and wondering if soon it will be standard practice to wear isolating suits in daily life, to stop holding hands, hugging, touching each other’s skins.
Interfaced by means of avatars and digital personas, we might end up spending most of our given time staring at screens, giving up our individuality and participate in determining our collective evolution through technology.
Oliver Tida Tida & RV
Paris/Brussels, March 2020
Izaak Brandt: The Circle has moved (4.01)
Izaak Brandt is a multidisciplinary artist based in London working in the mediums of dance, sculpture, performance, film making and drawing. Brandt’s practice is based on his experience as a dancer and the energetic relationships between dancers. Having competed and performed around the world with world renowned Breakdance company Soul Mavericks, Brandt now looks for other mediums in which to explore and decode dance to make it accessible to a wider audience. Stated by Dazed Magazine as one of six British artists pushing street culture forward in 2018, Brandt’s practice explores identity through dance, movement, and the human body.
The film was made in response to lockdown, highlighting 52 dancers from all over the world in isolation but also in unity. The individual frames contextualise the separation from community whilst still maintaining a strong sense shared experience. The film is reinforced by a poem written & performed by me with an original score by my father Pete Brandt.
Diamond Frances: Deletion (2.42)
My twelve-year-old daughter has a rare chromosomal deletion. She is without speech, on the autistic spectrum and has a severe learning disability. These and other aspects of her life have naturally a big influence on my life which is why my artistic practise often deals with issues about her. The video is called ‘deletion’. It is about the fact that some of her chromosomes have gone missing when she was conceived and tries to convey a sense of the impact this fact has on our life.
Finn Rabbitt Dove: Vendor Beast (7.00)
Standing in the dim light, in a void of blue, dwarfed by a presence as strong as it is vulnerable – instincts are restricted by glass.
With a background in painting and zoology, my work reflects an abiding interest in the interaction of human and nonhuman animals in a world of increasingly manufactured landscapes. Using a documentary-style approach to filming, with a reliance on field recording, elements of fantasy and humour subvert the tropes of media representations of the ‘natural world’, exposing the hypocrisy and absurdities of a hyperreal and commodified Nature. I grew up in London (1995) and am based in Glasgow.