Object-Oriented Ontology: The Yorkshire Three

LOCATION: YORKSHIRE

FILM: A616

This is rather weird and wonderful…

The film duo Joshua Alexander and Erkembode, who featured on Unofficial Britain in 2015 with their Hackney Marsh films (watch them here) , are back with an “Object-Orientated Ontology” trilogy called The Yorkshire Three (2016-2018)  I’m delighted to present them to you here.

The first, more narrative-driven piece is called Go Into Woods, and it’s really worth 6 minutes of your time. A man goes missing from work for three days. His explanation, via the phone, is a mad tale of how a shopping list he didn’t write sends him through an alleyway he’s never seen before, into another world. It’s a The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe for our troubled times, where the wardrobe is as much the protagonist as the curious child.

Watch that first, then check out the following two videos, which take a more abstract look at the weirdness of objects, their peculiar gravity, and how things can interact with other things, regardless of human beings.

Go Into Woods

GO INTO WOODS from A616 on Vimeo.

SUPPEr MOUNTAiN MiMiH

SUPPEr MOUNTAiN MiMiH from A616 on Vimeo.

Electric Aire

Electric Aire from A616 on Vimeo.

ABOUT THE FILMAKERS

A616 is an experimental film duo Joshua Alexander and Erkembode. They began their collaboration on and around the Lea Marshes where they used to live either side of it in Hackney and Walthamstow respectively. To cut a long story short they recognised that the marshes had something to say and this is how they became interested in OOO (Object-Oriented Ontology). A616 discovered a constant dialogue between all things and use film as a means to excavate this hidden language and offer an exploratory translation. A616, in collaboration with sound artist David Lazonby (Lazer Boy, Geese, 3eese, Frozen Geese), recently conducted a two-day performance piece, Bé Mặn Mimih, in a 16th century barn besides the river Aire in Kirkstall. A616 are excited to begin their biggest project yet in 2019. Watch. This. Space. Elvis.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CHECK OUT THESE LINKS…

A616 vimeo page: vimeo.com/a616

THE YORKSHIRE THREE: vimeo.com/album/4866386

OOO (Object-Oriented Ontology): artspace.com/magazine/interviews_features/the_big_idea/a-guide-to-object-oriented-ontology-art-53690

Bé Mặn Mimih performance:  vimeo.com/243792901

Joshua Alexander: joshua-alexander.weebly.com/

Erkembode: erkembode.weebly.com

More Articles for You

Edgeland Visions: Heraldic Relics from an Imaginary Time

In advance of his exhibition in Margate, Matt James Healy shares his abstract visions of a world on the edge

Beer Cans, Wildflowers and a Dead Dog’s Ashes – A Dream Life Beneath the Pylon of Hackney Marsh

With the remains of his dead dog in a cardboard tube, Gareth E. Rees returns to the pylon that sparked his edgeland obsession

A Murdered Cyclist on the Pevensey Levels

In this film, Gareth E. Rees revisits the site of the strange murder in his new book, Terminal Zones

A Walk Through the Pre-Industrial Landscape of Heathrow’s Hinterland

Marcus Liddell explores the semi-rural environs of London’s largest airport

The Incident of the Blindfolded Hypnotist and the Ilford Car Crash

Dan Carney tells the little-known tale of a very unusual car crash in 1977

The Sperm Whale and the Volvo 245

WORDS & PICTURES: Peter Riley – this is an extract from his book, Strandings (Profile Books, 2022) When I was …