The Last Interview, Beachy Head, UK, April-May 2004
A project about suicide and its tragic dispare.
It took place on the cliffs of Beachy Head on the south coast of England,
a place notorious for suicides. From mid April 2004 for 4 weeks during
the statistically highest suicide rates I patrolled the
edge of the 200m tall chalk cliffs. A resulting one-off performance exhibiting the gathered and made materials, was presented
at the Rijksacademy in Amsterdam.
Eventually the project went onto becoming a screenplay for a stop-motion animation/movie (Drowning In Nightmares), a series of projects & performances at
artists' residency Het
Vijfde Seizoen, and a multi-media installation (The Suicide Of An Octopus).
Het Vijfde Seizoen, Den Dolder, NL, 2005
In 2005 I
stayed at Het Vijfde Seizoen, an artists' residency on the premises
of a psychiatric clinic
in Den Dolder. Next to filming & developing the installation, and a pinhole
camera photo series of female patients, the work-period included a multi-project workshop with
the patients and art students, guests of the institution. See the work of other Het Vijfde Seizoen residents.
The Suicide Of An Octopus, multimedia installation, 2008
A 4-beamer site-specific large-scale video-, still- & animation projection. The story is a would-be re-enactment of the final moments of a female "jumper" whose personal belongings I found at the bottom of the cliffs at Beachy Head. Featuring among others a stop-motion animation of a suicidal octopus & a visual fall from the cliffs the installation loops randomly constantly generating new image landscapes.