August 30th, 2015

Absent dreamthinkspeak

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.

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Virginia Kerr Absent : dreamthinkspeak

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