As part of Patternity's first annual celebration of pattern in culture - PATTERNPOWER: SUPERSTRIPE - Patternity and Creature of London teamed up to commission seven cutting-edge filmmakers & artists to create a series of eclectic moving-image works inspired by the themes of the exhibition. In keeping with the all-encompassing nature of the exhibition, these works span the diverse cultural domains of fashion, art, design, science, technology, the environment and beyond...
For more on Patternity & the exhibition go to patternity.co.uk
“Go And Divide The Water”
UK, 2013, 3.17min
A film by Kathryn Ferguson & Alex Turvey; featuring sound design by Oliver Sutherland.
Synopsis: "Advertising for the Soul"
Belfast born Kathryn Ferguson is a filmmaker and curator. She has made many films for fashion designers, brands and musicians including Chloe, Selfridges, Sinead O’Connor, Lady Gaga, Richard Nicoll, Charlie Le Mindu, Katie Eary, and Domino Records. These films have been featured on MTV, SHOWstudio, Dazed Digital, Twin, the BBC and in Vogue.
Her experimental film work has been selected for film festivals, screenings and group shows around the world including OneDotZero, the 59th Berlinale, the V&A, the Pompidou Centre, ASVOFF, BYOB and Birds Eye View Film Festival at the BFI.
As well as her own filmmaking practice Kathryn also works as a Curator and Lecturer. She began curating the annual Birds Eye View Film Festival’s ‘Fashion Loves Film’ strand at the Institute of Contemporary Arts & British Film Institute in 2008 where it continued until 2011. She completed a masters in communication, art & design at The Royal College of Art in June 2011 where she specialised in experimental film.
Since then she has been working with the British Council & The British Fashion Council as a curator specialising in the emerging genre of fashion film. Her work with the British Council has seen her travel around the world visiting cities including Sarajevo, Lagos (Nigeria), Lisbon and Ljubljana giving talks, screenings and hosting filmmaking workshops.
In October 2012, she curated an extensive fashion film exhibition called “Dressing the Screen” that opened at the UCCA in Beijing in October 2012. Her work with the BFC has seen her join a curatorial panel creating a new seasonal film festival called Fash/on Film. The Film Festival takes place at Somerset House over London Fashion Week.
"Hailed as one of "Fashion's New Generation" by VOGUE, as well as one of the fifteen "Creatives Who Will Define The Future of British Arts" by the INDEPENDENT, Alex Turvey is a film director and visual artist based in London. His dark, surreal and highly stylised aesthetic has been applied to music promos, fashion films, commercials and installations and has led to Alex being named as one of London's key Creative Craftsmen by LEVI'S, a Young Creative Entrepreneur by DAZED Magazine and as a Leading Young Director by BOARDS and SHOTS Magazines. He has also sat as a jury member for the D&AD Awards."
Kathryn Ferguson kathrynferguson.co.uk
Alex Turvey alexturvey.com
Sound Design: Oliver Sutherland zborough.co.uk
3D: Oscar Granse
Archive Footage: British Council britishcouncil.org
The films are part of an archive of 120 short documentaries about British life made by the British Council during the 1940s which are now available to view, download and enjoy at britishcouncil.org/film
British Council britishcouncil.org
Creature of London creaturelondon.com