This weekend, the second of one of the big film projects I have been working on recently will screen at Somerset House as part of their Utopia Fair. This year marks the 500th anniversary of Sir Thomas More’s Utopia text, and Somerset House are celebrating this with A Year of Imagination and Possibility.
The Utopia Fair, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Connected Communities Programme, will showcase the creative outcomes from 25 projects bringing together communities, researchers and artists around the UK to explore what utopia means to them.
I was commissioned by the Prototyping Utopia project, led by The Open University and The Glass-House to create a film exploring how utopian visioning can help spark creative thinking and local action. The film uses footage and audio from two events which engaged with the local community in Bow, East London.
Based in the Somerset House Courtyard, the group will share the voices, stories, artefacts, drawings, models and prototypes created through the project activities in Bow, and will be inviting the public to reflect on those visions and dream about the future of their own places using similar materials. The five minute film I have created will screen on loop on a reel throughout the exhibition in a room adjacent to the courtyard.
AHRC Utopia Fair at Somerset House
Dates: 24-26 June 2016
Times: Friday: 17.00-22.00; Saturday: 10:00-18.00; Sunday: 10.00-17.00
Location: Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
UPDATE: August 3rd 2016
The film is now available to view online at: www.vimeo.com/171563836