For the past two years I’ve been working with the marvellous video artist Jennet Thomas on her new installation “SCHOOL OF CHANGE”, an absurd, hilarious, disturbing and unique piece of work, flavoured with the spirit of both Dennis Potter and 1970/80s children’s television. It was shot last year on location at Jennet’s old, real-life school in Hatfield, although its atmosphere and script are pretty much as far removed from real-life as it gets… possibly…
It features songs, sound design and, for want of a better term, ‘acting’ by me. Here’s the trailer:
If you’d like to go and see it, it’s on NOW at the wonderful Matt’s Gallery (click the link for opening times / visitor info) in Mile End, London, till July 29th… the film is embedded within one of Jennet’s sculptural environments, with live performers inhabiting the space too.
Working with visual artists is a pleasurable and intriguing process. Artists from different media getting together and exchanging something is a winner, as far as I’m concerned.
Jennet is the Guardian’s ‘Artist of the Week‘ this week.
If you’re hungry for more information about ‘School of Change’, how it was made and what it all means (or doesn’t mean), there’s a detailed discussion between Jennet and writer Rachel Withers, with interjections by me, here.