Sensing Obscurity (I) 2012

Erika Tan

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Erika Tan’s Sensing Obscurity is set in Saltram House, an English Manor House (now National Trust property) in Plymouth. The film takes place ‘some point in the not so distant future’, at a moment in time when Chinas ascendance as a global power has given rise to an opportunity to re-visit history differently. 

Using a mixture of documentary and narrative film tropes, the cut and paste aesthetics of hip-hop and chinoiserie - Saltram House and history as we know it, under-goes a slippery transition in an attempt to remain relevant and shore-up its status as cultural capital. 

Neil Rose:
Sound design:
•    Location recording
•    Sound editing
•    Composing musical material
•    Mixing and mastering

Commissioned by Eliza Gluckman for ‘Sinopticon: contemporary chinoiserie in contemporary art’, 28 April to 7 July 2012.

Produced in partnership with Saltram House, National Trust, and Plymouth College of Art.Funded by Arts Council England, National Trust’s ‘Trust New Art’ programme, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

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