Jamie Shovlin

Jamie Shovlin

I tend to work on things over long periods of time and projects tend to have their own identity, language and properties, some of which are shared with other projects and some not. I guess the unifying theme could be described as an interrogation of how information is substantiated — how it passes from one thing or one person to another and the processes involved in that exchange. I’m interested in how that process is and can be manipulated and ways in which making work might propose alternative ways of telling stories and exchanging information.

I made the first set of chapters in a long term project called Widows and Orphans during a Lincoln Voices residency at the University of Lincoln. We filmed the entirety of the reading sequences at the university with the support of the School of Film and Media and the Photography departments. The photography department provided a studio and equipment and two amazing photography students, Kieran Hill and Bradley Nicholls, filmed the whole process. I 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.

The speakers in the films are a group of young people with relationships to Lincoln — they’re either from Lincolnshire or are studying at the university. They are a wide range of ages: Eve is our youngest speaker at seven and Anna is one of our eldest at 24 years-old. Each is reading a book that corresponds with their age, so Eve is reading the most recent text and Anna the oldest.