Two-screen HD video, 30 mins., 2018
Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan
Soundtrack score: Lord Mongo
Drawing upon the archive collection of Experience Barnsley Museum, Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan's Strata is a two-screen film installation that explores the rich seams of social, cultural, industrial and natural histories underpinning the region's former coal-mining landscape and communities.
In the context of post-industrial capitalism, and the effects of extensive environmental and social change, the film captures the ways in which former collieries have been transformed, framing both the similarities and differences resulting from structural, ideological and cultural change. Strata makes connections between the industrial, communal and ecological genealogy of the region, contextualised with wider, international locations that are linked together through the European Route of Industrial Heritage.
An exploratory documentary, Strata combines original cinematography with an atmospheric soundtrack score, voices from the community and archive film, forming an immersive and poetic picture of collective memory, shared experience and international solidarity, at a time when Britain is afflicted by the politics of division and nationalism. Traversing layers of social history and geological ecology, Strata explores the loss and erasure of former coal-mining sites, alongside the environmental transformation and cultural repurposing of these post-industrial locations, where particular flora and fauna species have colonised the landscape.
The film will form the ceterpiece work in the artists' exhibition, 'STRATA: structures, transformation and solidarity', at Experience Barnsley Museum & Discovery Centre, in January 2018. Alongside the film, the artists will be exhibiting new drawings, found objects, trade union banners and an animated video work. The exhibition forms part of Meeting Point2, a year-long project
led by contemporary art agency Arts&Heritage.
STRATA / clip01: 'The Hanging Gardens of Grimethorpe'