Commissioned by ArtHouses Whitley Bay for LOCALwifi, August 2021
Openings is a video that tells a first person story about going to the toilet and giving birth in a bathroom. The story reflects on the need for the mind to give over to the body in each process. The writing, displayed as speed reader text, a technology designed to allow users to rapidly and passively process language, draws from personal experience, cultural stereotypes and research by an American midwife and educator called Ina May Gaskin. The flashing words appear on top of footage taken from the home the video was located at for LOCALwifi, and footage from this and other coastlines. In combination, the images and words associate geological and architectural openings with those of the body, and attempt to make sense of the feeling of letting go.
You can view the work in full, and see documentation of the whole project here.