“The Tunnels” is an experimental film that lays on the border of documentation, critical review and video art. It is dedicated to “Brand New, You’re Retro” exhibition that took place at the former brewery tunnels (now Tou Scene Centre for Contemporary Arts) as a part of the Nuart Festival 2019.

“Brand New, You’re Retro” exhibition takes its cue from a 1995 track by Bristol artist and producer Tricky. The exhibition plays host to eleven visiting artists representing a variety of practices (such as independent public art, street art, muralism, public intervention, subvertising, graffiti etc.) with a common background – a movement that was based on DIY approach, experimentation, cultural appropriation, creativity with the focus on the streets.

“The Tunnels” aims to explore the deeper meanings and the context of the art created for the show. It uses the critical approach and analysis in relation to the history of the movement; as well as fragments of artists’ talks, excerpts from the news, interviews and curatorial text by Martyn Reed that were resampled and infused with the lyrics from the Tricky’s “Brand New, You’re Retro”. The lines from this track (voiced with computer-generated speech) now sound provisional in relation to the art created in the tunnels and symbolically highlight the legacy of Bristol’s underground scene of 90s.

This film is a journey; it is moving backward from the last 7th tunnel until the introductory Tunnel Zero in order to show the development of the movement with its modern variety of artistic practices and the parallels with the past.

The soundtrack is composed by Yatharth Roy Vibhakar (aka aimsir.) Featuring the track "Mod1" by Ꮎ Ꭲ Ꮋ Ꭼ Ꮢ

  • Kristina Borhes
  • Nazar Tymoshchuk
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    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media, Other
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    11 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 14, 2019
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Director Biography - Kristina Borhes, MZM PROJECTS

Kristina Borhes is a journalist, documentarist and independent researcher focused on the history of graffiti, street art and other practices in contemporary culture.
Together with Nazar Tymoshchuk they founded "MZM PROJECTS", group of filmmakers known for multidisciplinary approach and specific way of storytelling on the thin border between poetry and non-fiction.

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