Green Head (2014) Ventilator (2016)

Green Head (2014,digital 6mins 20)



The action in the film revolves around a large pagan-like head covered in grass set within the post-industrial cityscape. The monologue ’50 ways to murder magic’ (Antonin Artaud 1947) running in the background, is audible intermittently. There are 3 performers 2 disguised in elaborate costumes, representing various incarnations of the ‘self ‘. In parallel to the dialogue the narrative is fragmented, interspersed by sequences of animated drawings. The distinct exaggerated movements of the characters help shape the piece. The film can be viewed as a poetic metaphor, an expressive gesture in the tradition of Dada.

Green Head  premiered at the International Competition of the 61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen on the 2nd May 2015.Green Head was awarded a British Council Film grant in connection with this event. An extensive interview including images from the film is in the March edition of Stigmart10videofocus an online journal featuring video art and experimental cinema.


VENTILATOR  (2016, digital 6mins 35 secs)

Ventilator is set in two locations; a derelict ventilation system on a rooftop in the city of Glasgow (where I live and work) and a beach on the Ayrshire coast (where I grew up). This short experimental video comprises of a mixture of animation and filmed work, with the two protagonists- a woman and a masked, distorted man, encountering and being encountered by a variety of objects, mundane and foreign, many with motive-force of their own. The film is edited to be fragmentary and non-linear, with scenes dissolving and elements collapsing and bleeding into one another. Land art, totemic heads, and the repeated emergence and disintegration of masks throughout the piece will represent not a cryptography for the audience to decipher, but an invitation to engage within the ‘logic of sensation’.


VENTILATOR  premiered as part of the International Competition of Go Short 2017  festival in Nijmegen on Friday 7th April 2016. Thanks to Go Short and also the British Council for funding the visit.