A STEELWORKER'S STORY
A Steelworker’s Story is an intimate, affectionate, and deeply human history of the life of a steelworker from Scunthorpe. From school to retirement, the subject of this moving short film returns to the steelworks for the first time in 22 years, generously sharing his lived experience of work, family life and friendships; galvanised by steel.
Release Date: 22 April 2022.
Commissioned for ‘Art That Made Us Festival’ by the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and North Lincolnshire Museum, A Steelworker’s Story is a thoughtful and reflective journey through the time of one person’s life in Scunthorpe making steel for 36 years. Set to original music composed by Ian Matthews, the film was made by the steelworker’s son and was shot over 4 days in March 2022.
A Steelworker's Story was aquired by North Lincolnshire Museum in 2022 and forms part of their permanent Steel Town exhibition.
A digital artwork commissioned for the Festival of Creativity North Lincolnshire by North Lincolnshire Cultural Education Partnership and The Ropewalk.
Release Date: 3 July 2021.
'artown' is a short film that tells the story of a town whose entire population are creative people. Using archive footage, newspaper headlines, photography, film and augmented reality drawing; audiences are asked to imagine living through a creative industrial revolution! Could you live in a place like that?
The film was launched online and short clips are available via QR code at a number of festival locations by footpath.
NICK CLEGG'S YELLOW
A film made by combining all of the different hues of yellow backgrounds that framed Nick Clegg's rise to some semblance of power in a coalition government in 2010.
These slow moving images were set the song 'An Ending (Ascent)' by Brian Eno, which featured in a party political message by the Liberal Democrats where Nick Clegg stated that stated that their had been too many broken promises. This film was first shown at Superhybrid! in Leeds, 2011.
VIEW OF DELFT, WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY
RICK ROLLING is an Internet MEME involving the 1987 Rick Astley song NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP. ‘RICKROLLING’ has extended beyond the bait and switch of Internet web links, to disrupting other situations from public places to protests. At the time of making, it was estimated that at least 18 million American Adults had been ‘RICK ROLLED’.
Michael combined a selection of this music video with Johannes Vermeer's View of Delft, a work said to be so beautiful it could kill you.
First exhibited at The New Obsolete, curated by Peter Lewis, Redchurch Street, London, 2009.