The Parasite

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Digitised B&W standard 8mm, with sound. Commissioned by Visual Artists in Rural Communities for ENTWINED: Rural, Land, Lives, Art, 2021.

'The Parasite' tells fragments of a story about being bitten by a tick while breastfeeding. Through text laid over footage of rural Northumbrian settings, parallels are drawn between the parasitism of the tick and the child, whose pre-lingual utterances are included in the collage-like soundtrack. The film questions the way we demonise certain forms of parasites while we ignore, or even welcome the presence of others. But ultimately the film is about storytelling; how we piece together events to make sense of them. Harsh cuts between the vocal sounds, field recordings, and silence are a constant reminder of how the film is put together.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHighgreen
PublisherVisual Artists in Rural Communities
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2021

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