Oracles in Sepia Update – enjoy these beautiful and inspiring short films

You might enjoy this. Oracles in Sepia is a powerful series of short films assembled out of archive footage and some snatches of spoken word. It illustrates changes in British life from approximately the last war through to our contested and conflicted times. Originally shown in October, November and December 2020, here is the previous film schedule with details and links to all the films.

In the face of crisis, uncertain futures, and continued social injustice- there have been glimmers of hope and new imaginings. We sought the oracle and took to the archives looking for perspective.

From vaults across the land, sepia-stained reels of celluloid have been dusted off, and film footage from across the years has crackled to life for us to play with. To sift through the tea leaves and imagine our shared future we present some of the UK’s freshest artists.

From opera and dance, to circus, comedy and spoken word, each will create a bespoke work in response to the archive, uncovering hidden stories and presenting their unique vision of the future.

May the darkening evenings of the winter months be illuminated with rays of creativity, reflection and resilience.

15th October 2020: Jonathan Luke Baker
World-class contemporary dance artist, photographer and creative director inherently influenced by queer identity and gender expression. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBHTE-aE8yk

22nd October 2020: Hollbeck, Still
Fusing thick analog electronic sound with unique captures of traditional instrumental tones Hollbeck, Still’s response to the archive will go beyond a traditional score.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsfK_jFKYiM

29th October 2020: Mengqi He
Hailing from Wuhan in China, Mengqi He is a performance artist who uses live calligraphy and a focus on 禅 (Zen) to explore humans’ connections across culture through written words and language.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukcfbnv-0PM

5th November 2020: Libby Rodliffe
Certified funny bones: dry, deadpan and dead funny. Look no further for some fresh takes on the signs of our times, as she introduces you to a few of the characters she’s met on her travels through the archives.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Gzg0Dgqhkw

12th November 2020: NuNu Theatre
Émigré-Romanian duo NuNu Theatre use performance art, movement and visual art influences to create work that is humorous-yet-serious, experimental, sometimes absurd, and always packing a political punch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7kiWgJjIsQ

19th November 2020: Alastair White & Clara Kanter
Scottish composer Alastair White and Jewish mezzo-soprano Clara Kanter will explore the evocative power of language as the pair’s operatic score reimagines the powerful imagery of our archive film footage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V0UAInfOr8

26th November 2020: Sarah Jane Dobbs
Peppered with language and narrative, her aerial performances are often inspired by the juxtaposition between the grit and beauty of locations in her hometown of Sunderland.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVF3jLVOCN4

3rd December 2020: Ciarán Hodgers
Ciarán Hodgers is a Drogheda–born, multi-award winning poet named “one of the region’s most exciting spoken word performers” by The Independent and dubbed a highlight of Guy Garvey’s Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre London. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMo0ZaIWNs8