2ndlife (2018) HD Digital Video - 60 minutes
David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland 06/07/18
Bloc Projects, Sheffield 12/01/2018 - 10/01/2018
'2ndlife' was made possible with the generous support of a Bartlett Travel Scholarship and commissioned by Bloc Projects. '2ndlife' was a single channel film embedded in an installation at Bloc Projects Sheffield and screened at David Dale Gallery Glasgow.
'2ndlife' is a first person film essay embodying an inner and outer journey to and through Japan that constellates a self reflexive narrative discussing perspectives on the history, philosophy and reality of suicide. The roving point of view camera embarks from the North East of England and travels to the metropolis of Tokyo, through the Zen gardens of Kyoto before reaching Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mt. Fuji. The films animistic narratives explore personhood and give voice to places, objects, animals and the Internet in dialogue with the inner monologue of the protagonist. Throughout the film makes reference to mythology, folklore, cyberspace and dreamstates as it takes the viewer on a chronological journey through person and place whilst mapping something of the emotional terrain and magnetism of the existential.
Commissioned by David Mcleavy Director of Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK