Flickers: Off the Path is about being alone in the woods; getting filthy making dens; being scared of what you might find there. It opens a window to the presence of those who keep hidden but leave evidence, compelling us off the path into hidden places where curiosities may be found: fence eating trees, a pair of pants caught on barbed wire, a lost wall in the middle of a wood, a t-shirt at the mouth of a fox hole.
Referencing moments of vision in Samuel Palmer’s drawings and the psychic landscapes of writer Mary Webb, Flickers: Off the Path looks at how our present landscape, interrupted by human debris and deserted by those who once worked it, affects those who walk there. It explores the urge to be of a landscape, rooted there looking out, with the discovery that it is not an altogether comfortable place to be.
View sequences from Flickers: Off the Path.
Credits for Flickers: Off the Path:
Artistic Direction, photography and film: Rachel Henson
Performance: Kate Genevieve
Animation and compositing: Neil Manuell, Aoife Greenham, Kate Genevieve
Film consultants: Matt Page, Alice Ross
Mentoring: Mim King, Sinead Rushe, Guy Dartnell
Commissioned by Brighton Festival