Jamie Shovlin: Widows and Orphans (Chapter 1)

Jamie Shovlin: Widows and Orphans (Chapter 1)

  Widows and Orphans: Chapter 1 by artist Jamie Shovlin is an introduction to the history of the modern world, the birth of ancient civilisations and their relationship to land and time.   From multiple versions and revisions of the school textbook A History of the Modern World, Jamie took the underlinings and highlightings from … Continue reading Jamie Shovlin: Widows and Orphans (Chapter 1)

21 October 2017  // 


 
Widows and Orphans: Chapter 1 by artist Jamie Shovlin is an introduction to the history of the modern world, the birth of ancient civilisations and their relationship to land and time.
 
From multiple versions and revisions of the school textbook A History of the Modern World, Jamie took the underlinings and highlightings from generations of readers as the basis for the chapter scripts. He worked with a group of young people in Lincoln to record the narration. Months were spent editing the visual material of the films to create a multi-layered experience.
 
Jamie filmed the reading sequences at the University of Lincoln with the support of the School of Film and Media and the Photography departments. The Photography department provided a studio and equipment and two photography students, Kieran Hill and Bradley Nicholls, who filmed the whole process. Jamie also worked with the School of Social & Political Sciences to get a wider sense of the issues embedded in the type of information included in this type of book.
 
 
Orphans and Widows: Chapter 1 reading script:
 

It might therefore seem that a history of the modern world, such as this book professes to be, should relate the history of all the world’s peoples alike.

The continents as we now know them became fully distinct less than a hundred million years ago. All times prior to the European Middle Ages are commonly called “ancient.” This was in truth a great age in man’s history, the age in which men learned to make and use sharp tools, weave cloth, build living quarters, domesticate animals, plant seeds, harvest crops and sense the returning cycles of the months and years.

This civilization is an interlocking unity, in that conditions on one side of the globe have repercussions on the other.

The idea of the world as one thing, a “universe,” was thus affirmed with a new depth of meaning.

CITATIONS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JSfj99ly2c&t=1s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkK_HsY7S_4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WT4Je9lbnI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RWcWSN4HhI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGO-60wQ1Nk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L87Wdt044b0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J73aDZuAx2I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbeCNiBuv3Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyGfVv6RI0k

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OInh0tIM8d

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SVByPiF6iQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEEkIuJ0QLE

 

Jamie has chosen chapters selectively so not all chapters have been made into films. Watch the next chapter now.

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