Phase 2 Research -----------------------------------------
TELEVISION STUDIO, 2020
Actor: Tarik Badwan
Drummer: Stanley Welch
Television Studio looks at themes of labour and time within television. On the stage everything is set out in stations much like a television studio. I imagine the moment on a talk show when the camera moves from the chat show host to the next station where the band will play or on a game show where each obstacle is set out at a different platform of the circle but the camera films one station at a time so the audience views everything on a timeline. This layout also represents a clock face. There will be three performers and each will has their place in time. At 12 o’ clock we have the drummer. At 3 o’ clock (stage left) we have the dancer. At 6 o’clock we have the audience ( off stage) and 9 o’clock (stage right) we have the actor - the cold caller.
Spider Diagram, 2019
The Go Fuck Yourself Choir, 2019
Lit up by smartphone torches, a Choir of voices repeat the words 'Go Fuck Yourself'.
WERE ALL JUST TRYING TO GET BY 2017 - Current
Video In collaboration with Ella Turner- Bridger and Fay Rushton- Ryan.
Since 2017 I have been attempting to appear in television audiences with T-shirts spelling out the phrase:
'WERE ALL JUST TRYING TO GET BY'.
I walk home at night. I can’t help but peak into the windows of the houses I pass. Their televisions and bedroom lights illuminate the street. I feel drawn to watch. Indulging on micro- moments of strangers and neighbours lives. I go home and watch the flats opposite. I watch the random codes of lights turning off and on. I watch hands raise up as goals are scored, I watch candles from birthday cakes being blown, fights and moments of joy. They watch me too. The window acts as a television screen - capturing these moments.
CONSUMERIST CENTIPEDE, 2017
Dried Centipede with hand-painted 3D printed boots
WERE ALL JUST TRYING TO GET BY AGAIN, 2017 - 2019
Acrylic on Canvas, 150cm x 130cm
"Inspired by Leonard Knight's 'Salvation Mountain, Seren Metcalfe has created her own interpretation of current reality - a summary of Britain, Capitalism, current politics, new technologies, and the celebrity with an underlying message of hope and being able to power through despite the struggles - We are all just trying to get by."
Newsreader Pauses, 2017 - Current
A work in progress montaging together clips from BBC and Sky News reporters. I'm drawn to the pause before a news reader speaks. This delay to me is a reminder of being human. It makes me think of the technology behind the television, the systematic reading of placards, the mechanical eye movements. The pause is the breath. It is the activation of life from machine.