This trailer is designed to give you an insight into THE ELDERS, produced by Marc Boothe and B3 Media - with thanks to support from Arts Council England, BAVC, The Pixel Lab and the Cultural Leadership Programme. In October 2011, the project won one of two Pixel Lab prizes, at Power to the Pixel, London Film Festival.
THE ELDERS is a community history project developed by Franklyn Rodgers and B3 Media, initially as part of the Festival of Britain 2011 at the Southbank Centre, London.
Artist and Photographer Franklyn Rodgers’ arresting, iconic images document individuals from the Windrush era, the first wave of African Caribbean settlers to arrive in the early 1960s, who played a vital role in post-war regeneration and the shaping of a new national identity.
The mixed media installation combines stunning portrait photography and narrative audio clips in surround sound to create an immersive experience for the audience. Sound designer Gary Stewart weaves together interviews and music into an ambient soundscape which will provide a fresh dimension to Rodger's stunning portraits.
Visitors of all ages will be encouraged to contribute their own content in person and online, closing the space between creator and observer as the work evolves. The Festival of Britain launch marks the first phase in a multi-dimensional project exploring themes of identity, local and global community, shared history and what it means to be British.
Artist/ photographer Franklyn Rodgers’ body of work redefines the notion of representation in Britain’s multi-cultural Diaspora. Photography clients include National Geographic, and IKEA.
Electronic media pioneer Gary Stewart has worked as an artist, designer, curator and producer interrogating the relationship between culture, creativity and technology. Former Head of New Media at InIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts), he is currently Research Associate and artist-in-residence at Queen Mary University, London.