Flatpack Festival
Film, and then some

Nesst 2

Friday 25th March, 2011

Zellig | 12:00 - 18:00

Bunker installation created by Mordant Music, featuring rescored films from the Central Office of Information.

A World War II type 22 pillbox bunker sits within the space. Instead of gunfire, light pours out of a gun emplacement slit. 'MisinforMation' by Mordant Music is projected onto a screen & audio seeps out from within. The bunker is made from industrial materials such as sand and cement aswell as domestic materials such as bed sheets and pillowcases. It is a military space, but also represents the citizens' bunker, which could be a psychological space to feel safe in. It is a place of protection yet ironically also an enemy target. In this case it is a stage for the music yet also a barrier between the performer and audience.

'MisinforMation' is a series of Central Office of Information (COI) films re-scored by Mordant Music recently released by the BFI. COI films are meant to inform and educate the general public yet Mordant Music wryly question this and subvert some of the original films, skewing their meanings in the process. For example ‘New Towns In Britain’ presents a picture of dystopia through the unnerving music. During this film the bunker symbolizes the public unease and paranoia of living in cities. The relationship between the bunker and 'MisinforMation' is also poignant during other moments; ‘Looking at Prehistoric Sites’ explores the famous stone circles that litter the English landscape. Pillbox bunkers are becoming modern day monoliths, scattered as they are around the countryside, and as time goes by are taking on a beguiling, mysterious presence . ‘The Sea In Their Blood’ is a documentary made by Peter Greenaway about the British coastline. There are many bunkers dotted around the coast looking out to sea, their purpose to protect the coastline from attack. In this instance the bunker projects the sea.

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