The Tallest Tower in the World.
In 2016 the tallest moving tower in the world was built in my home town of Brighton, East Sussex. The tower looks out to the English Channel that separates the UK from mainland Europe. The English channel is a highly politicised space, where thousands of migrants attempt a crossing from France, but remain unseen, and unheard. The British Airways i360 cost 46 million in public loans. Customers are invited to ‘take a flight’, and given a leaflet with a quote by Henry Mayhew when they get past airport security:
“there is an innate desire in all men to view the earth and its cities and planes from exceedingly high places, for it is an exquisite treat of all minds to find that they have the power by their mere vison, of extending their consciousness to scenes and objects that are miles away”
I visited the viewing tower in May 2017 and filmed the view on my mobile phone. In this short video, I added dialogue from my own utterances, whilst investigating the theme of stuck-ness. These have been recorded over 16 months and are made up of my thoughts, memories, and fantasies.
In Hot Water.
Created for the 2016 Liverpool Light Night 'Tent!' installation by Liverpool Hope Street Ltd.
This video work was made in response to visiting refugee camps in Athens and Calais.
Now it is time for us to do our bit.
I made this video piece in response to Hilary Benn's speech in the House of Commons, in favour of air strikes in Syria. I printed off the Geneva conventions on prisoners of war, and I went to Lake Geneva and read them out.