February 13th 2020 / 7pm
An evening of short films looking at the residue of human endeavour on the land. We will be exploring the narratives left as scars on landscape and the labour needed to preserve and protect the ecosystems damaged.
We will be joined by Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Tessa Bunney and Michele Allen for a conversation after the films.
We will be screening:
SONG FOR BILLY Amber Films 2017 18min
A meditation on a lost era and the regenerative power of the sea, this project grew out of the haunting photographs of Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’s photography project ‘The Coal Coast’. Following in the footsteps of Agnès Varda, the scattered clues of England’s post-industrial northern coastline lead to the vivid re-enacting of the death of a young coal miner Billy, by his workmate.
The story inspired the New York-based percussion group So Percussion, who together with Amber created the film’s cathartic soundtrack.
TO SERVE A NATION Tessa Bunney Laos 6min
A multimedia piece created in collaboration with Rebecca Harley documenting the daily life of UCT6, an all-female UXO (unexploded ordnance) clearance team in Lao PDR employed by the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), a neutral and impartial humanitarian organisation clearing the remnants of conflict for the benefit of communities worldwide.
During the Vietnam War, the U.S. dropped more than two million tons of ordnance over Laos, including more than 270 million cluster bomb sub-munitions. An estimated 30 percent of these ‘bombies’, as they are known locally, failed to detonate causing more accidents than any other type of UXO in Laos.
UCT6 work to clear UXO in Xieng Khouang province one of the most contaminated provinces, where death and injury from UXO are part of everyday life.
A SUNDAY IN PRIPYAT Frederic Cousseau/Blandine Huk 2006/Ukraine/26 min
Somewhere in Europe there is a forbidden zone. Lying in the heart of this zone is Pripyat, at one time a model city inhabited by some 50,000 people. On April 26, 1986, an invisible enemy forced the residents of Pripyat to evacuate the area in order to escape. Pripyat was home to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers. It was abandoned in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster.
A Sunday in Pripyat is a testimony to environmental and human destruction caused by the Chernobyl nuclear power station disaster.
THE WEIGHT OF ANTS IN THE WORLD Michele Allen 2020
A small pocket of ancient woodland, in the centre of Team Valley Trading Estate, stands witness to industrialisation. The evolving moving image work marks its longevity and remarkable survival in this industrialised space, at a time when we face unprecedented loss of species due to habitat loss and climate crisis.
This in an ongoing project.