Time and The River

Some abstract geometric meshes serves as a starting point, they amplifies the curiosity of the viewer by creating compositions or settings that generate tranquil poetic images that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition and alienation. By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, Lucy English tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria. The film incites the viewer to make new personal associations. Her poem appears as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role.
This film was made as a result of collaboration between Lucy English, Tim Benjamin & Maciej Piatek. More info about the Book of Hours project below. The poem was written by Lucy to the video samples/animations I made earlier on. Then the whole poem was incorporated into the longer visual piece. Lucy wanted to reverse the traditional way of making video poems where words are initiating the whole creative visual process.

Poem & Voice: Lucy English
Music: Tim Benjamin
Concept & Animation: Maciej Piatek

  • Maciej Piątek
  • Lucy English
  • Friday Fever Promotions
  • no cast
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  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 27 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 22, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • International Film Poetry Festival 2016
    December 10, 2016
    world premiere
Distribution Information
  • Friday Fever Promotions
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Maciej Piątek

Maciej Piatek / aka VJ Pietrushka / is a Polish born UK based artist and filmmaker. His work involves a determined and authentic pursuit of visual experimentations. His works often explore the themes of human displacement and disconnection, social inequality and politics. His work has recently received a significant amount of exposure on the international video poetry circuit. As a VJ he closely co-operates with Shepherds of Cats, a group of improvising musicians from Poland with whom he performed a series of audio-video improvised concerts in various European venues such as: Café OTO in London and In Situ Art Society in Bonn, Germany. His work has been screened & exhibited both nationally and internationally in places such as: the ICA in London, Arnolfini in Bristol and the Art Gallery of SESI-SP in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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