David Ian Bickley
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Created during a residency at Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre. Threads is a monomyth — the protagonist (the viewer) journeys downriver at night to the sea following the red thread
Concept & Technique
the protagonist (the viewer) journeys downriver at night to the sea following the red thread — as they do so they also travel deep within, to their own memories; recalling folkloric traditions from childhood, from a time when pishogues and tradition ruled the hearts and minds of country people – themes of gain and loss, tree-lore, land and water, continuity and change. The visual narrative content of these filmed vignettes are short scenes balanced on symbolic and theatrical gesture. The narratives built from a number of sources; stories gathered locally, augmented extracts from collectors such as Gregory and Yeats and new narratives generated by the act of “making” within the workspace of the environment and the community. Although localised, through the gathered materials, these elements are also rendered transnational, through the underlying universal symbolic content, having therefore attributes that will continue to generate internal dialogue.
supported by The West Cork Arts Centre, installed for Culture Night 2019 & Revision Belfast 2020 (with live text) — winner best experimental film Picasso Einstein Buddha International Film Festival 2021, Venice Architecture Film Festival, FILMÓPTICO - INTERNATIONAL ART VISUAL AND FILM FESTIVAL
Expressionist, Historical, Social Commentary
Environment, Human Relations, Humankind, Philosophy