Research associated with the performance Not Yet No Longer is seen in the context of a historical video archive produced between 1973-1976 by the participants of a community television project, the product of a social experiment attached to the construction of a large-scale social housing project in France. There have been several trajectories for this research: a live performance for a single actor seen against a series of video projections showing edited archive footage. The monologue reflexively speaks to the audience, addressing the physicality of the projected image in the narrative, mirroring and fictionalising the collective of both image and performance space.
The work was performed at the ICA, London, 26 May 2012 and the Arnolfini, Bristol, 20 October 2012. The script for this performance has since been developed through a Film London Development Bursary and will now be made into the long-form film Dirty Pictures Mirror Speech in 2013 funded by a Film London FLAMIN Productions Award.
A further outcome relating to this research saw a video installation commissioned by Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, France. The work reconsidered the initial impetus behind the 1970s television project with the participation of Slum-TV, a grassroots media organisation based in Mathare, a large slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Drawing from the archive various starting points and images, for example historic video-stills as green-screen backdrops formed part of the context for a tele-novella: The Kids Are Kings. Filmed on-site in Mathare by the participants of Slum-TV, the video implicitly a fiction explores the history of the slum, tele-visual images and its direct relation to their colonial past. The work was included in the group exhibition ‘The Whole World is Watching’ at Magasin, June-September 2012. Including Pierre Bismuth, Natalie Bookchin, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Pierre Musso, Gail Pickering, Richard Serra, The Public School of Philadelphia.