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Animated film poem created with a constellation of common wayside flowers, gathered during walks on land reclaimed from the sea along the shore of the Laira estuary, on the coast of south-west Britain, an endangered habitat now threatened by coastal erosion and climate change. The haunting soundscape uses audio field recordings from this place. It responds to the suspended animation of the petals flowing past and evokes the cries of curlews foraging on the mudflats at low tide as the twice-daily tide pushes inland from the ocean.

The imagery is created using an innovative, hybrid direct animation method evolved by the film-makers through their project work with watery places, particularly river environments and coastal zones. Moore and Parker develop their response to the chosen environment through repeated visits to the location, becoming attuned to the place and noticing the changes that have occurred during different seasons and weather conditions. The term 'direct animation' applies to techniques in which animated imagery is created through physical engagement with film by ‘directly’ marking, or placing small objects onto, the filmstrip. refinement of a hybrid direct animation practice that upcycles unwanted or discarded celluloid film to create 4K digital films. The authors take the everyday and make it extraordinary, engaging with and becoming attuned to nondescript, unremarkable places by walking and kayaking through the seasons.

21 Visual Arts Centre Scunthorpe, UK (group exhibition, One Minute Vol. XI, 10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday, 30 September to 12 October).

Art Station Film Saxmundham, Suffolk, UK, presented by Emily Richardson (group exhibition, One Minute Vol. XI, 29 September 2023).

Braziers International Film Festival Braziers Park, Oxfordshire, UK (group exhibition, One Minute Vol. XI, 1 to 3 September 2023).

Film and Forage symposium presented by the Sustainable Darkroom and Mayes Creative (online screening, 18 July to 1 August 2023).

Visualcontainer TV international videoart channel, Milan, Italy (group exhibition, online, One Minute Vol. XI, 1 to 31 July 2023).

Re:Think GAIA festival, presented by Video Art Miden at Farma Fifa Permaculture, Kalamata, Greece; the film features in the programme, ‘Plan(et) Β’, curated by Gioula and Olga Papadopoulou, which deals with environmental and eco-social issues (24 and 25 June 2023).

Anifilm 2023 International Festival of Animated Films, International Competition – Abstract and Non-Narrative Animation category. Liberec, Czechia (2 to 7 May 2023).

Exploding Cinema, ArtHouse Jersey at Capital House, Jersey (3 December 2022).

Raveningham Sculpture Trail 2022, Norfolk, UK. Artists’ film programme curated by Professor Suzie Hanna for the micro-kino outdoor cinema space, featuring animations that respond to the themes of nature and journey, specially created for the Sculpture Trail (1 to 30 August 2022).

Medium: 4K single screen moving image artwork with stereo sound

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School of Art, Design and Architecture


35mm film, animation, "artists' moving image", climate change, co-creation, collaboration, estuary, film poem, river

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