During March 2016, five artists were selected to partake in a four day residency at Mac. This Micro-residency was organised and funded by Turning Point West Midlands as a collaborative Lab that was aimed at generating fresh ideas and potential projects in and around the Birmingham area.
The residency began with the reading of Philip K Dick’s science fiction novel Ubik (1969) and then with materials gathered during a walking survey along a stretch of the Digbeth Branch Canal- an area interpreted as an ambiguous urban environment on the margins of society.
Raw footage for the UBIK Documentary was taken during the presentation of ideas on the final day of the Micro-residency and edited as a small sampler of each artist and their work. The UBIK Documentary is intended to be a piece of work in itself and like much of JD Haigh's work, it references the moving image although it is constructed of textured layers of still photography.