Visiting Practitioners Series: Jennet Thomas
Thursday 6 December | London College of Communication (Lecture Theatre A)
2pm – 4pm | Open to all
[non UAL student/staff please email email@example.com to book a place]
Jennet Thomas makes films, performances and installations exploring the connections between the everyday, fantasy and ideology. Her work can look like experimental film, children’s drama, or performance art – it is a call for complexity that collides genres, experimenting with collective constructions of meaning. She is interested in belief systems, ideas of truth, power and pleasure, and how cultural memories are re-made and distorted according to the needs of each era. ‘Who has the right to rule, and whose rule is right?’ is an underlying leitmotif in her work. Often darkly comic, her films tell warped folk-tale narratives that mix elements of the banal and the bizarre. Her films “conjure delirious parallel universes in everyday Britain’s most mundane corners. People shop in Sainsbury’s, watch daytime TV and eat packed lunches from Tupperware boxes. Yet in this Looking Glass world, what we take for granted is quickly turned inside out. Preachers, teachers and quasi-political pundits with bright yellow or purple skin harangue its denizens with songs and slide presentations; the beliefs and rules they champion are full of promise, but always obscure.” (The Guardian)
CRiSAP and the Sound Arts Department at LCC co-run a Visiting Practitioners Series of weekly talks at the college, exploring the diverse field of sound arts practice. Each term member of Sound Arts staff curates the series of talks, inviting a number of sound practitioners to share their work.