14-18-NOW: Soldiering On and Resemblance

Soldiering On – Jez Colborne

Learning-disabled people don’t go to war. Not officially anyway. Not nowadays. They are the ones left behind. Composer and musician Jez Colborne is seduced by the pomp and ceremony surrounding war: the camaraderie, the camouflage, the marching bands and parades. The only thing he doesn’t like is the killing. In collaboration with Mind the Gap this pop-music style video features an original song composed and performed by Jez, set in and old cinema playing silent films from WW1. It explores the contradiction between Jez’s desire to be part of an experience he is locked out of… and his horror at the brutal reality of war.

Resemblance – Claire Cunningham 

A solo performance created around the act of assembling (and disassembling) a crutch in the manner of a soldier assembling his gun. Enacting a ritual that mirrors the act of creating a weapon of destruction, when actually creating an object of support. Looking at the balance between creation and destruction, supply and demand and human and object, the film also acknowledges and honours the role of women munitions workers in WW1, and question the preconceptions we make about objects and their ‘users’, or indeed their ‘makers’.

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2 thoughts on “14-18-NOW: Soldiering On and Resemblance

  1. The song was very powerful. Set against the flickering images, it worked very well. I was reminded of the late Ian Dury as I watched this. The assembly of the crutch, in the style of how weapons are cleaned and assembled, was inspired stuff, and spellbinding to watch. At least for me.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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