five hundred thousand stories (2012)
Made for the group Save Our Placards, based at Goldsmiths College, London, curator Guy Atkins (pictured above). Five Hundred Thousand Stories is a film record of a performance event organised by Guy to celebrate the first anniversary of the TUC March for the Alternative that took place in March 2011.
Save Our Placards created a collection of placards and banners from the March, and for this commemoration a selection were again marched round some of the original route, this time in pairs rather than mob handed. As you'll see in the film, this had interesting and unpredictable effects on people's perceptions of their messages, especially as the slogans could now be seen in a historical context. It was a lovely day and absolutely knackering. Five Hundred Thousand Stories is a record of the performance and explores participants' memories of the March, and how the arguments, fears and ideas expressed through it have fared since.
The placards then came to Cornwall to become our second exhibition at CMR Gallery in Redruth and this film was also part of the exhibition.
Credits: producer/ camera/ edit Paul Farmer; location sound Liz Ray. Shot on a Panasonic GH1 DSLR (for the sake of argument - actually the format is now known as 'Mirrorless four-thirds' I think. Who knows? Who cares?). Sound was a Sennheiser K6/ME66 recording onto a Zoom H4.