FILMS AND INSTALLATIONS
41 REEL TO REEL
MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES
STILL FROM VIDEO.
MUSIC MAKES THE PEOPLE
SINGLE CHANNEL FULL HD VIDEO, COLOUR, STEREO SOUND, 51 MIN 51 SEC, 2020.
DEVELOPED WITH THE KIND SUPPORT OF LONDON CREATIVE NETWORK AT SPACE.
music makes the people is a film made out of footage taken from the last four decades in the history of the commercial music video. the aural and visual components of the selected songs, all of which entered the billboard hot 100 number-one singles chart, follow a score split across two converging time-lines running in opposite directions towards the year 2000. the music time-line runs forward in time from 1982– the year the artist was born and mtv went mainstream– and the video time-line runs backwards in time from the year 2018– a pivotal year in terms of content. through a use of film and musical syntax which mirrors the industry video editing techniques, music makes the people questions our emotional attachment to the music and images we absorb at young age and the systematic exposure to the representations of class, gender and race within them.