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Above it All and Below the Rest
by Kieran Brown

An image of a man lying face down on the bottom of a swimming pool using a breathing apparatus

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Synopsis:

Above it All and Below the Rest was the result of a 3 month residency organised by Picture This and the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children's Arts Programme.

Above it All and Below the Rest was a participatory project where the artist involved children in the research and production of a new work. The children from the adolescent ward worked on the project by constructing props and costumes, performing as characters in the films and as part of the small crew.

The two-screen video installation consists of a series of scenes and motifs shot at the Hospital and at a local swimming pool. The work playfully comments on the hospital environment and its desire to rid the body of unwanted elements and continues the artist's exploration of the representation of health and sickness within art history and mythology as seen in paintings by Bosch and Dali. Accompanied by a soft underwater soundtrack a character lies still under water spilling white liquid, fingertips dispense droopy substances, pieces of aluminium tubes fall to the bottom of the pool floor and yellow sponges are slowly released to float around in the clear blue water.

Details:

Year 2004
Duration
Medium Two screen video
Original format
Screening format
Aspect ratio
Audio Yes
Colour / B&W Colour
Screens 2

Credits:

Made possible thanks to the support of Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal www.grandappeal.org.uk. Also supported by Arts Council England South West Regional Arts Lottery Programme and South West Screen.

Screening history:

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol, UK
04 June - 08 July 2004

subsequently at Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, Germany

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Kieran Brown

Kieran Brown spent 3 months as artist in residence on the adolescent ward at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children organised by Picture This.