Two-screen HD video, 40 mins., 2018
Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan
Soundtrack score: Lord Mongo
Strata: Strutures, Transformation, Solidarity exhibition images
rawing upon the archive collection of Experience Barnsley Museum, Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan's Strata is a two-screen film installation that explores the social, cultural, industrial and natural histories underpinning the region's former coalmining landscape and communities.
In the context of post-industrial, deregulated, global capitalism, and the effects of extensive environmental and social change, the film captures the structural, ideological and cultural transformation of former colliery sites and communities. 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 by Lord Mongo, voices from the community, archive film and audio, forming an immersive and poetic picture of collective memory, shared experience and international solidarity, and documents the growing call for an alternative future to austerity and neoliberal economics. 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 centrepiece work in the artists' exhibition, 'STRATA: structures, transformation and solidarity', at Experience Barnsley Museum & Discovery Centre, 31 January - 11 April 2018. Alongside the film, the artists will be exhibiting new drawings, found objects, 3D animation and banners on loan from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Woman Against Pit Closures (WAPC). The exhibition forms part of Meeting Point2, a year-long project
led by contemporary art agency Arts&Heritage.