In Widows and Orphans: Chapter 44 the rise of nationalism led to the Nazi party, propaganda, racism and and a divided society.
Widows and Orphans, created for Lincoln Voices and 1215 Today, uses the secondary school textbook A History of the Modern World as source material. The highlighting and underlining left behind by previous readers was used to create a script, employing a cut-up editorial technique from annotated fragments of multiple editions of the textbook. Jamie’s residency was hosted by Lincoln’s School of Social and Political Sciences and supported by the School of Film and Media. In producing Widows and Orphans, the artist worked with a group of young people from Lincoln to bring the annotations of an earlier generation of readers to life in a series of short videos.
Jamie’s work explores the tension between fact and fiction, particularly in the personal interpretation of texts and how different generations’ readings reframe them. He is interested in the journey a document takes from point of origin into the hands and minds of a contemporary generation.
Widows and Orphans: Chapter 44 script:
The Nazi Revolution now began. This new philosophy drew heavily upon a historic nationalism which it greatly exaggerated. Propaganda became a principal branch of government. The Government manufactured thought. It manipulated opinion. It rewrote history. The cry was for a leader, someone who would act, make decisions, assume responsibilities, get results.
The very idea of truth evaporated. No one could learn anything except what the government wanted him to know.
Anti-Semitism was the most venomous form of racism in Europe.