Three Short Films

Dissolve Our Maps

Julian Hyde has been tracking the unregarded edgelands of that jewel in England’s crown, the Lake District, for over ten years – picking over the frayed seams and exposing the cracks that Cumbria’s tourist industry would rather you didn’t discover. This short film presents isolated fragments of Hyde’s decade-long walk to nowhere, tracing and retracing an elliptical path along the ‘unseen realm between the main road and the church’, recapitulating in his own words an oblique narrative of hope and despair, clarity and blurred vision(s).

No Frontier

‘No Frontier’ is a short film exploring the psychological effects of travel, climate change, remoteness and isolation. Filmed on the eastern fringes of Iceland during a time when the artist had no permanent address, it is a travelogue of motionless, lingering images that are ambivalent in tone and entirely devoid of human figures. The film’s sense of unease is compounded by a series of captioned, first-person texts, adapted from the Poetic Edda, which essay a kind of psychological disturbance that is both deeply personal and reflective of a more widespread cultural trauma. ‘No Frontier’ was produced for ‘Frontiers in Retreat’ – an international artist residency programme exploring multidisciplinary approaches to ecology in contemporary art.

In Pursuit of the Eleventh Measure

‘In Pursuit of the Eleventh Measure’ is a short film drawing elliptical threads between Scandinavian water folklore, religion and Iceland’s hydro-electricity industry. Filmed in Seyðisfjorður, Iceland, the soundtrack is composed of various recordings from Fjarðarselsvirkjun, the fjord’s power plant. ‘Eleventh Measure’ was produced for ‘Frontiers in Retreat’ – an international artist residency programme exploring multidisciplinary approaches to ecology in contemporary art.

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