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
SUPPEr MOUNTAiN MiMiH
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/