What Lies Below (2015, 17′)
Set in 2054, a time when soldiers have been programmed to forget their actions and robots command the front line of war, a mother reads to her daughter from a notebook written in 2015 while she was still working as a military psychologist. Recounting the dreams of soldiers, she reflects on the impact of killing on the human psyche and the inevitable technological advancements that led to a complete denial of conscience.
New short funded by the Wellcome Trust in parnership with No.w.here and the BFI
Tamesa (2014, 11′)
The artist searches for traces of the river Thames’ distant past by processing 16mm film on the foreshore using water collected at low tide. The experiment takes place adjacent to Battersea bridge, a site where archaeological finds suggests significant ritual activity. Images of water patterns and foreshore detritus are combined with close-up textures of pre-historic objects such as skulls and flint axe-heads discovered in the area. Watermarks and particles of ancient river silt cling to the resultant film’s surface, their abstract formations a portal to the unseen forces at work in the river.
Exhibitions/screenings: NOW gallery , ICA, Flatpack film festival.
Nominated for Best Experimental Film Award London Short Film Festival, 2014
Folk in Her Machine (2013, 47′)
(excerpt) 16mm and digital video.
film stills Folk In Her Machine
The film starts and ends in London and is told from the perspective of a female narrator who looks back over the archive of footage she has collected over the years on her repeated visits to two seasonal folk traditions in England, Haxey Hood in north Lincolnshire and May Day in Padstow. Her voice is interspersed with those of people she meets on her journeys, describing the significance of the rituals for them. Folk in Her Machine is a sensual film essay on the meaning of place and belonging in a global world, and a meditation on the nature of filmmaking. Shot on a combination of 16mm and digital cameras, the film is narrated by celebrated actor Jodhie May.
“With Folk in Her Machine, Rosalind Fowler has crafted a distinctive take on place, ritual and belonging, as embodied in the moving image; a personal but widely resonant work that commands attention in voice and visuals and marks the arrival of a welcome and keenly alert new talent.” (Gareth Evans, film curator, Whitechapel gallery).
Sound and music: Andrej Bako.
Magic, Memory, Mozambique (2012)
(Excerpt) 16mm film
(26’24″) digital video
Rotunda documents Birmingham’s iconic building after it was emptied out for refurbishment. It works as a kind of salvage anthropology, using visuals of the vacated building layered with sampled sounds and voices of people recounting their memories of times spent working there.
Sound and music: Demian Castellanos (the Oscillation)
Screenings: BBC Birmingham, Nordic Anthropological Film Festival, 7″ cinema, Birmingham.