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Sea Oak

Sea Oak

A film installation as both allegory and investigation of The Rockridge Institute (A Left-leaning American non-profit research and progressive think tank located in California from 2003 to 2008.) and their research into ‘framing’ and the use of metaphor within political discourse.


“Emily Wardill puts her viewer between a rock and a hard place. Her films focus on those brief moments of clarity, when truth and fiction blur, and our reason is sent ricocheting across the universe like a pinball.” Says The Guardian.

Wardill’s work is a precision-engineered example of how to rework a basic axiom of film so as to best engage with a particular subject. Rockridge’s aim was to explore how language, metaphor and framing (as used in politics) project images into our minds. When compiling the film from over 8 hours of interviews with Rockridge staff, Emily realised that her film too had to start with language as a projection: an imageless film, projecting ideas and (linguistic, metaphoric) images from black film leader and sound (“When I told Peter Gidal that his almost entirely black film with a soundtrack of interviews of Nicaraguan revolutionaries had been in my mind when I was editing my own 51-minute entirely imageless film, he replied ‘That’ll be a hit’.”).


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