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THE MODEL
Installation, VHS video, 22 mins
2010

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'The Model' was a collaboration with Catherine Hunter. It was commissioned by Sideshow 2010 Festival as part of the One Thoresby Street Attic programme. The 2-channel film installation is an investigation by the two artists into the arcane field of salvage ethnography. The investigation is centered on the relationship between two pieces of footage of the same place.

The Model Village is a figure-of-eight shaped housing estate, designed to utopian ideals by architect Percy B. Houfton, and built in 1895 for the families of workers at Cresswell Colliery in the northernmost corner of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The first piece of footage was shot at the colliery by a miner weeks before the closure of the pit in 1991, the second in 2000 by artist-to-be Catherine Hunter and her uncle Paul, who lived in the Model at the time.

In 2010, the histories of the two films became curiously intertwined, thanks to a chance meeting in a sandwich shop in Creswell. Separated by a decade of steady decline on the estate, neither is descriptive of the place as it is now. Nonetheless, the two films resonate with an elusive truth and clearly belong together somehow. 'The Model' investigates their shared history.

A split-screen version of the film can be seen here.