Chris Paul Daniels (*1981, United Kingdom)
2018, England, UK, 13:37 min.
English; English subtitles
Soundtrack: Graham Massey
Voice over: Alicia Prowse
VAFT screening: Stories Fri 24.5. ◷ 18-20 @ Kino Diana
An inquisitive voice from the far future, or ‘visitor from another place’, interrogates the traditions and artefacts of the Blackpool Illuminations, an English seaside attraction first established in 1879.
The disembodied voice seeks to understand, but often confuses, Northern English vernacular and traditions against the current shifting political dialogue surrounding Britain’s future; misunderstanding Blackpool’s unique fantastical imagery as totemic remnants of a former era.
The artist presents his own contemporary 16mm and super-8 film observations as a found archive, and a script littered with word-play related to the local landscape and other seaside end-of-the-pier resorts.
Chris Paul Daniels studied at Royal College of Art, London & now lives and works from Manchester. He exhibits regularly across the UK & internationally. Recent projects include commissions for HOME, ICA Art & Screen Network, Grundy Art Gallery & residencies with Whitney Museum of American Art, British Council, & Gasworks International.