Pick-up-needle-bottom-of-sea

Pick-up-needle-bottom-of-sea performs an apology to Iraq as a participant imagining of a water-energy postal system in the creek that cuts across my backyard down through rivers to the sea. The work responds to French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard’s description of how America wanted to take control of the Chaldean writing system, the birth of writing, as its motivation for targeting Iraq, which led to the US-Australian-British-led invasion. The theft of the Gilgamesh tablets during the war and their relocation to Washington’s Museum of Bible entangles this drive further. In our ice-book form’s floating creekline release, the Christian bible melts away.

  • Jenny Brown
    Director
  • Jenny Brown
    Writer
  • Jenny Brown
    Producer
  • Matthew Robertson
    Key Cast
    "Gilgamesh"
  • Virginia Field
    Key Cast
  • Christine Waterer
    Key Cast
  • Sara Dynes
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 53 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown combines video, photography and installation, often as multi-screen environments, some incorporate community-scripted performances: a boat for the low-lying Pacific Islands (Mayday-2006), a train-carriage in coalmining-country for Cementa_2015, and a five-township co- organised roving corroboree (2019). Exhibiting work in 13 countries, Brown’s screenings include festivals at the New York Film Anthologies (2017/2020), Florianópolis, Brazil (2017), Los Angeles (2003) and New Delhi, India (2007). The Australia-China Council and DAAD awarded her creative practice scholarships, and further research programmes have been undertaken in Kiev, Brisbane and Santiago, Chile. Brown contributed to the book Ecoart in Action (forthcoming 2022) and An Ecotopian Lexicon (2019) discusses her ‘solastalgia’ series. Following an Australian Postgraduate Award, Jenny gave presentations at the CAA conference artist panel, Los Angeles (2010) and the Geneva University of Art and Design (2012), and in 2017 received her doctorate from the University of Sydney. Following participation in the 2021 masterclass Fabulation for Future held by the Konrad Wolf Film University, Potsdam, Jenny was commissioned by Performance Space Sydney to create a moving image work for their Liveworks Festival and have it shown as a work-in-progress. This video is the finished work.

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