Undermine

Undermine, and associated works form a multi-threaded research project that connects women’s histories and sub-surface geology. A feature length creative documentary, Undermine, is at the core of this project, alongside associated shorter moving image works, performances and discussions.

Undermine, the feature, tells the story of a community affected by fracking on the Fylde in Lancashire. The film investigates the psychological implications of being undermined, environmentally, democratically and emotionally. Undermine is not a protest film, it is a film about communities, and our relationship to the ground that we walk on, the land that we live upon, and how, when the stability of this physical, emotional and political bedrock is threatened, the routine of our daily lives begins to unravel. The campaign against fracking at Preston New Road, Blackpool, provides the focus for the film, which is made through the cooperation of the community of local protectors, many of them engaging in political action for the first time in their lives. The film explores the phenomenon of this generally overlooked demographic of older women finding their political voices, as their daily lives become destabilised. Alongside documentary footage following these women in their homes and daily lives, the film will use creative sequences, shot on site in the Fylde, and in the studio, to communicate the cataclysmic events occurring beneath their feet. Through these sequences the film will conjure a vivid imagining of the underground subsurface for the viewer, and communicate the unseen violence of the action of fracking, as it is occurring beneath the seemingly calm surface of the Fylde’s farms, coast and villages. Undermine will be in production throughout 2018 and 2019. Alongside the production of the film, a series of associated gallery events and performances are taking place across the UK.

Road, a single screen short developed during the making of Undermine was screened as part of Conduct at Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster in January 2018.

The Yellowing, a newly commissioned video and audio installation exploring the politics of the surface, was exhibited for Fig-Futures at The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, in May 2018 fig2.co.uk/#week4

To make quietly, a new performance commissioned by Kirsty White for the Swiss Church in London will take as a starting point the history of female social support work at the Church, and will borrow from the French ecclesiastical tradition of the son et lumiere, with live narration, projection and music. To make quietly will be perfomed at the Swiss Church, Covent Garden in November 2018 as part of Being and Appearing curated by Kirsty White.

The development of Undermine has been supported by Film London Artists Moving Image (FLAMIN), Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, Lancaster Arts and Lancaster University. To Make Quietly is supported by the Swiss Church London, Arts Council England Grants for the Arts and The Elephant Trust.