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Thomas Darby - I’ve got a lover way over there.

2:46, 2011, Video Art
I often find a conflict within myself. Sure I have concerns within my practice of how our evolutionary desires have become mediated within our exponentially exploding culture. Especially our intake of media through the intertextuality of internet, television and films. And how our innate physicality can battle with our intellectual and moral reasoning. But to be honest that all gets very confusing. I have been trying to traverse these territories between the technological, the personal and the primal in my work. But at the heart of these interests lies a subjective ambiguity. Often my revulsion and reverence supplement each other and I want my practice to explore these contradictory drives. I am not looking for any resolutions. The intensity of my desires and horrors leaves me in limbo, where I am happy indulging in both sides.
DirectorThomas Darby

CountryUnited KingdomEdition2011 Screenings’NIGHTMARE’ conference at University College London, 2010.
Facade Video Festival, Center for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 2010.

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Interview

Who is Thomas Darby?
Just this guy, you know.


What is I’ve got a lover way over there. About?
Er, maybe you should watch it?


How did you start with film? And do you have an educational background in art or film?
By watching films secretly late at night when I got a tv in my bedroom as a kid. I graduated last year, or was it the year before that, in BA Fine Art at Nottingham Trent. So that would be a yes.


Could you explain how you work, what themes or concepts you use and what is important to you?
Haven’t you answered that in the question? Sorry, these answers are probably reading as me being all aloof. Bugger. It’ll probably only get worse with the other questions, just warning.


How long do you usually work on one project?
Depends entirely on the project. Something could come together very quickly but rumination time could be longer, or visa-versa.


Do you carefully plan the production process or do you work more intuitive?
I like to have a rough outline plan but be open to be surprised by my work. I try and allow room for that.


How does the title relate to the work, and how do you find a fitting title?
It’s from a Smokey Robinson and the Miracles song. I’m not even answering the second part of that question.


Where do you get your ideas or inspiration from?
An investigation into my own conflictions; morally etc. I’m trying to work on putting some of my subjectivity into distance, but it’s proving difficult. I can’t seem to take myself out of myself.


How important is sound in film, and if you use sounds, do you create your own or use existing?
Just as important. Sometimes I create my own, other times the project calls for a more direct route.


How does content relate to the form of your work?
The content is the work. Form frames, illuminates and expresses the content.


What possibilities of the web are yet to be explored?
Something more physical, involving more senses.


Did the web changed your view on art, or your career?
I don’t know of a time when I was making art without the internet.


Where would you place your work; cinema or art. And what is the difference between those according to you?
If something’s interesting, it’s interesting. It shouldn’t require such distinctions.


How influential is the reaction to your film by the audience?
Influential to what? How I make future work? In one sense I hope not at all, but of course constructive criticism is always most welcome and taken on board folks...


What is your next project about?
In a similar vein contextually to this video, but working with live performers and more scripted. Amongst some other stuff...


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