[[even a stopped clock is right twice a day]]

[[even a stopped clock is right twice a day]] is a collaborative multi-screen audio-visual work exploring the synchronisation of the artists’ experiences of everyday life through rituals and routines, such as walking, using social media, and selfcare.

The audience is invited into the work by solving the problem of how to best view both screens at once. The impossible task creates an opportunity to question why we feel the desire to take the work in as a whole and to check for synchronisation. This compulsive, sense-making process is one we’ve had to prioritise with the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

  • Michèle Saint-Michel
    Don't Tell Me I'm Beautiful, PTSD Suite, Lost Sock Collection, Transmettre, inhale / exhale
  • Sophie Stone
    postcard-sized pieces, i am in nature, Amalgamations for piano, inhale / exhale
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  • Genres:
    experimental, installation, multi-channel
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 16, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    200 GBP
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom, United States
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  • Electric Medway Digital Arts Festival
    United Kingdom
    August 21, 2021
    UK Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Music and/as Process Conference of Music and Interdisciplinary Practice
    United Kingdom
    September 16, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Michèle Saint-Michel

Michèle Saint-Michel is an artist, filmmaker, and author. Designed to promote healing, her genre-bending works encourage healthy coping and recovery from difficult experiences. Often incorporating pressed botanicals, preserved insects, seeds and leaves, her works examine the overlap between the environmental, the cultural, and the emotional, creating a conditional and reactive multi-temporal space where new futures can be imagined.

Saint-Michel was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Before moving to London, she worked from a log cabin nestled among the rolling hills and river bluffs of the Missouri River in America's heartland. Now she works steps away from the River Thames.

She attended the MFA Fine Art program at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She previously attended courses in filmmaking from Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum and poetry manuscript writing at the Unterberg Poetry Center in New York. In 2020, she was selected as Filmmaker-in-Residence for Berlin’s House of Beautiful Business.

Saint-Michel’s films take influence from poetry filmmakers like Margaret Tait, experimental filmmakers like Stan Brakhage, and the Fluxus and free jazz movements. Her moving image work and poetry films have been official selections by the Prismatic Ground Festival (NYC), Manchester International Film Festival (UK), Cadence Poetry Film Festival (Seattle), Dérapage Experimental Festival (Montreal), and many others. Her installation films have been exhibited in galleries and digital arts festivals worldwide.

She’s the author of two books, a colouring book, and three journals. After the heartfelt reception of Grief is an Origami Swan, Saint-Michel released the highly experimental poetry collection, Saint Agatha Mother Redeemer, and the accompanying Saint Agatha Mother Redeemer Coloring Book. She’s also released a set of journals based on the poetry of Walt Whitman. When she isn't creating art books, she is filming, tending her land art piece [poetry forest], and pressing flowers.

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About Dr. Sophie Stone: Sophie Stone is a sound artist and composer of experimental music based in Folkestone, UK. Her interests include: open notation, drone and ambient music, quiet music, improvisation, modes of listening, experiences of silence, longform music and collaboration.

Sophie completed a PhD in composition with Dr Lauren Redhead (Goldsmiths, University of London) at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2022.

Sophie’s music has been realised at festivals such as Ideas of Noise (Birmingham, UK), Electric Spring Festival (Huddersfield, UK), Margate NOW (Margate, UK), Soundwave Festival (Santa Ana, CA) and Sound Thought (Glasgow, UK).

In 2019, Sophie participated in Wandelweiser’s ‘Composers meet Composers’ mentoring programme (Neufelden, Austria) with Antoine Beuger, Emmanuelle Waeckerle, Marianne Schuppe, Jürg Frey and Joachim Eckl.

Recent collaborations and commissions include an audiovisual work titled an outside space (2020) for Electric Medway, an experimental film collaboration with Michèle Saint-Michel for the House of Beautiful Business festival in 2020, and a version of postcard-sized pieces for fivebyfive ensemble as part of their Composer Talks series in Spring 2021.

Sophie is a member of the Montrose Composers' Club, which is a group of like-minded composers based in East-Kent. The MCC meet regularly to try out new ideas, improvise together and present their music. Additionally, Sophie plays the clarinet with the Free Range Orchestra (Canterbury), a collective of musicians, dancers, poets and artists with a shared interest in improvisation and experimental music.