Grasscut - Curlews

This is a music video I made for the lead track on Grasscut's 2015 album Everyone Was A Bird. It was shot over the winter of 2014/15 at a variety of locations around Sussex, where I was based at the time.

I'd been facinated by the idea of a perfectly reflective surface since seeing Richard Wilson's 20:50 installation at the Saachi gallery many years ago when it was in Swiss Cottage. I wondered what would happen if we could use sound to disturb the surface, and filling a bass speaker with oil seemed like a good way to do it. Although initially I didn't plan on using anything other than shots of the reflections, somewhere along the line I realised that the process was interesting in itself, so I documented the steps that went into setting things up and included it in the video. There is no embellishment at all: for each shot we wheled the cart carrying the equipment to chosen location, filled the speaker with sump oil and wired it up to a laptop. The only bits of the process missing from the video are the time spent sucking bubbles out of the oil using turkey basters and getting the oil back into the bottle at the end. And the reassembling of the cart when it came apart. And the carrying of the cart over barbedwire fences. And across steams. And through bogs.

Grasscut's Andrew Phillips, who appears in the video, was my able accomplice throughout and wrote about the experience here.