This Will Be My Last Test (a film)

This is the edited film I projected on a loop as part of last month’s This Will Be My Last Test installation/performance with Carolyn Connors.

This film had an interesting evolution, and was the first part of the project I started working on. I began by asking some trusted improvisers I knew who were skilled in intuitive movement to improvise in the space. After each filmed session, what I wanted the footage to be evolved more and more in my mind, alongside the evolving performance and sound aspect I was working on with Carolyn (although I gave no further instructions to each performer for the filming sessions). By the time the third session was complete (with Emma Riches), an idea was forming in my mind for how the footage might be edited together in a way that reflected in subtle ways upon the themes that were developing in the performance part of the project.

I was very happy with how all the aspects of the work came together. And I have found that this silent film stands up well on its own. The process has also made me curious about filming dancers in other settings for projections and other purposes…future projects beckon…

My thanks to performers Chun-liang Liu, Michael McNab and Emma Riches, and to Carolyn Connors whose work in other aspects of the project influenced the making of the film.

Live duo with Ernie Althoff

On 12 May 2018, I played a turntable duo with Ernie Althoff at a private house show in Bayswater. The three videos below document pretty much the entire performance of three pieces.

We played back-to-back to follow a concept of not being aware of each other’s turntable preparation, which was changed for each of the three pieces. Ernie and I have been working on an album using this concept (but with remote recordings), which should be out later this year.