Virginia Kerr has most recently been filming for the footage to be used in the new production of ABSENT, produced by dreamthinkspeak.
dreamthinkspeak created a new mid-scale installation project, ABSENT, for the basements of Shoreditch Town Hall in London in August. Originally the project was created for the IGNITE:09 Festival at the Royal Opera House in 2009.
The production was partly inspired by The Duchess of Argyll’s residence at a central London hotel in the 1970’s to 1980’s, when she was ejected having finally run out of friends and credit. In ABSENT, she is surreally re-imagined entering a hotel as an optimistic 18 year-old in the 1950’s and being evicted in the present day, into a modernised and radically changed world.
ABSENT created an intimate journey for audiences through the maze-like basement of Shoreditch Town Hall, mixing film and architectural installation with a haunting soundtrack. There are no scenes, but as you thread your way through the labyrinthine passageways, you become enmeshed in a constantly shifting dreamscape in which the past, present and future of both the protagonist and the hotel become inextricably linked.