Common Ground (2016)

16mm on HD

12 minutes
Material shot on a trip in northern Scotland this film is brought together with a live online poetry reading. Using an incidental connection of local and outsider: the visitor’s footage becomes paired to the inhabitant’s voice. With the help of a chisel, together we prized open rusted film cans, salvaging the negative and the purpose of the trip. Using the contributions of two strangers, common spaces and connections are explored as a further live and further ‘remote’ encounter. I invited Karl Jay-Lewin to search out and read a poem of his choosing, live into the ICA cinema during the film.

A newly commissioned project for ‘Field Work’ at the ICA 04.03.16 curated by Lucy Reynolds.