Inspired by a Lincolnshire book of tales and beliefs, I Can See You reflects on the behaviours towards women accused of being witches, drawing from research on the witch hunt era in England and the following extract by Malcolm Gaskill.
'Witches are human. They are the other and yet they are also us. They are the living projections of feelings they defy rationalisation or reconciliation: amity and enmity, compassion and cruelty, self-confidence and fear’.
The film and AR selfie face filters (for the museum's Instagram account) were created during a six-month artist residency at North Lincolnshire Museum and supported by North Lincolnshire Council and Arts Council England through the Humber Museums Partnership.
The face filters, inspired by the museum's taxidermy collections and witches' familiars, were exhibited as QR codes at the Mana Contemporary, Miami as part of Digital Art Month in association with Contemporary Art and Digital Art Fair. I Can See You film won Best Original Concept for experimental filmmaking at Jane Austen International Film Festival and received two Honourable Mentions by Experimental Forum and NFT|New Media|Experimental|Digital Arts Film Festival.
Music by Peter Richards
'We would like to take this moment to recognize your film by giving you the Honorable Mention title, for your vision and the film's unique contribution to cinema’.
Experimental Forum Film Festival
'Brilliant film. I particularly like the use of the newsreaders reporting the news in a contemporary and relatable way, the feeling is not too dissimilar to the feeling from Covid, Brexit and global politics reportings; when something is reported in this manner with conviction it becomes believable. Scary yet excellent work!' Oliver Squirrell, The Artist Wingman
A series of face filters inspired by North Lincolnshire Museum taxidermy collection.
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