Still Suspended by Hugh Malyon
Part of a new series of digital artworks from Turner Contemporary, commissioned in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Still Suspended is an original 15-minute online film with immersive sound (best heard through stereo headphones) and experimental imagery.
Commissioned by Turner Contemporary as part of the Digital Commission series, Still Suspended is an original 15-minute online film with immersive sound (best heard through stereo headphones) and experimental imagery.
Creating original narrative and content is not only technically challenging in these times but the isolation, broken only by the ‘Zoom box’, results in ideas that have not necessarily gone through our usual creative processes. During this process, content will have been driven by staring at an editing screen rather than organic development or the magic driven by the atmosphere of the creative team in a space together. This combines with the current stress and strains of the Covid-19 restrictions and political uncertainty which push our ability to be creative to the limits. Still Suspended reflects the dark, raw, lonely and intense experiences felt by communities in an unapologetic fashion.
Creative Team – Hugh Malyon, Steve Sowden, Jennifer Noice
Creative Producer – Nathalie Palin
Dramaturgical support – Sam Parker
Special thanks – Becky Ilk, Sophie Amos, Sally Claire, Gareth Wolf, Hamish Fletcher-Cooney
“One humble hour of exercise each day is essential. For Hugh, escaping the constant myriad of disinformation, cancellations and battles for care is becoming impossible. Loneliness, anxiety, the mundane repetitiveness of video calls, conflicting rules, mounting trauma – all this has jumbled his tired, restless brain. The reality of being a disabled artist is hitting home. Unable to be in the company of others creates a mind-numbing strain on Hugh’s imagination. Real, dream and imagined worlds begin to blur until the only thing that makes sense is nonsense. Hugh desperately searches for ways to reconnect above the virtual noise. Even with a perceived abundance of time, is it too late to escape?”