“Was that your most challenging experience…?” I ask, and then she says “No, I need to talk about her. I need a tissue first tho”. I have to make an edit there, and think about the rest. Because I can’t share all of what is said, legally or ethically. I have to take things out that I want to share, and I have to think about the audience, and if they are ready.
Over the summer of 2020 I made film portraits of 47 health workers for a project called EXPOSURE, I’m now stuck with material that just maybe too challenging or ethically problematic to work with. What am I going to do? I still don’t know. But I am using this audio record as a way to test, to try working with a very small moment from the hours of footage I have.
How to hold the bug results from a commission made to British artist the vacuum cleaner (James Leadbitter) for Dito e Feito (Said and Done) podcast. In his performances, films and site-specific interventions, the vacuum cleaner employs various creative legal and illegal tactics to mock and disrupt concentrations of power. With roots in activism and radical art, his work addresses socio-political issues including consumerism, mental health discrimination and institutionalisation.
If you prefer, you can read the episode here.