Moving through the mess, feeling the sense of the day - where are they and where have they been, where are those places when the sea retreats? Shifted, changed. The tide is coming in and the tide will swallow up this place before it's even been built. I wonder what the children of the statue shall even be able to find or do in 2050. A queering of time, a projection forward and back. A place of ongoing-ness. How can I use my side to side-ness and up and down-ness to engage with this place, the tides, the Turnstones as they flap and feed making sounds? What will their habitat be in 2050?
1950 to 2050 – where do all of these years / times happen simultaneously?
Where does landscape, time memory, identity overlap?
How do we note the passing of time?
Updated: Sep 28
The Republics, 2020 (screened the other night as part of Imagining an Island Symposium). The film interweaves experiences of place, memory, landscape & language. The film is like a poem, it encapsulates so much in a short amount of time, without over-explaining. The poems were written in the 80s and published in 2016 and the film made over the past 2 years. The sense of time is long and immediate as the poet revisits Uist where he lived for 3 years in a Shepherd's Cottage, in the 70s, struggling to find traces of himself there in the present day.
Breathe & rhythm were particularly intriguing themes in the film.