i was the digital artist in residence for ben uri gallery, london's home for art, identity and migration, for their centenary year. over a few months i worked with the gallery, its visitors, partner organisations across london, formal and informal groups, making a work that aimed to tell a tiny part of london's migrant experience.
i spent a period of months interviewing recent migrants to london in informal environments about their personal experiences of arriving in a new city. I was particularly interested in the ways digital technologies affected daily life, for better or worse. I also programmed a series of feature films dealing with migrant experiences to the UK across several venues in the city. I used those screenings to start conversations with the audience about their own experiences and views on migration.
The finished work is a short, narrative artists' film, a fictionalised account of three days in the life of a recent arrival to London and those he meets. The narrative is drawn from the real-world experiences of people I talked to along the way.
The finished work was screened at Somerset House on the 10th December to an invited audience of gallery supporters and participants. It is now part of the Ben Uri collection and will tour as part of the centenary exhibition Out of Chaos.