THE UNDERCURRENT
HD Film, 50:00
2019 - ongoing

In a time of climate crisis The Undercurrent asks how we deal with such anover whelmingly global issue on a deeply intimate and personal scale. Filmed in Boise, Idaho in the USA, the film was made with 10 Youth Climate Activists from Boise and small towns from the surrounding area who responded to an online open call. While the climate crisis appears to be the most important theme, the activists explore how climate change interconnects with other aspects of their lives including family, difficulties with religion, friendship, fighting for gender equality and the essential need of a home. Exploring further questions of home, security, shelter, communication and nature, members from the local homeless community from Boise reflect on their experiences.

Made over a period of 2 months through workshops, field trips and vlogs, The Undercurrent uses different filmic materials to address our current predicament. Soundtracked by an original orchestral score composed Pilgrim and singers in Boise, music and song flow throughout to explore the emotional means we have to articulate crisis. Nurturing the dialogue with those in Boise, the film marks the first chapter of a wider body of work that will continue to deal with the constant action needed to deal with the Climate Crisis, using film as a means not to record or document loss but to as an agent to stop it. In these uncertain times globally, The Undercurrent questions what makes us feel like we belong somewhere - it is a home, a country or each other?

CPB-III Screening Room

The Undercurrent

Duration: 50 mins
Language: English & Korean (with Eng subtitles)
Location: Online & Goethe Institut, Chennai
Days Timings
Wednesdays & Fridays 10:30 AM & 1:15 PM
About the artist

Rory Pilgrim (Bristol, 1988) works in a wide range of media including songwriting, composing music, film, music video, text, drawing and live performances. Centred on emancipatory concerns, Pilgrim aims to challenge the nature of how we come together, speak, listen and strive for social change through sharing and voicing personal experience. Strongly influenced by the origins of activist, feminist and socially engaged art, Pilgrim works with others through a different methods of dialogue, collaboration and workshops. In an age of increasing technological interaction, Rory's work creates connections between activism, spirituality, music and how we form community locally and globally from both beyond and behind our screens. Solo Shows include: Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2020), Between Bridges, Berlin (2019) Andriesse-Eyck Gallery, Amsterdam NL (2018), South London Gallery (2018), Plymouth Art Centre, Plymouth (2017), Flat Time House, London (2016), Site Gallery, Sheffield (2016) and sic! Raum für Kunst, Luzern CH (2014). In 2019, Pilgrim was the winner of the Prix de Rome.

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