2020 | Directed and animated by John Cruwys
John made a beautiful animation and sent me the edit with this glazed facade peeling-back moment in the first section.
At its core, the Bartlett is about the students. Without them there is no Bartlett, no teaching staff, no Show.
They are a fundamental part of the fabric of the building, its material, its lifeblood.
The facade pull-back was really striking - a dramatic reveal of student ideas, which is what the Summer Show is. It partly resembled a theatre curtain lifting, partly an incision - the ideas spilling out in the Show are often forensic, as much analytical as theatrical.
So when John then sent me voice recordings of 62 of them describing their work I thought - let’s hear them. But I didn't realise what they might sound like all together until I put them in the timeline and hit play. I expected a mess, but actually you could hear individual voices in the cacophony. So I thought I'd run with this as a sonic approach.
Playing the voices together makes them act like a crystal : multifaceted. Each time you listen to the piece, say on different speakers, you might be able to pick out different voices. And the energy of the place is effervescent, brimming with energy. It seemed appropriate.
The second part of the animation migrates to evening, the voices go inside and we are shown the building, radiating like a jewel on a dark winter evening. To create the contrast with inside, we focused on the feeling of being outside - keeping the environmental sounds at a high volume. It's all wet tyres and reflected street noise. The security team that come to open the door are acknowledged.
Finally it migrates back inside to the final suspended environment of student work, waiting for an audience and building anticipation for the show to open.
I used the sound bed that is used on the Summer Show website itself (designed by Hello Monday) in the coda of the film so that trailer and website could join together with more continuity.
2021 | Directed and animated by Matt Lucraft.
Had the privilege to work with the awesome human that is Matt Lucraft.
In Matt's words,
"The trailer was my attempt to try and capture the nuances (and at times chaos) of 'the year on screen' whilst highlighting the ingenuity and perseverence of students to create amazing work under pressing circumstances.
From the outset I wanted the video to highlight the typically-unseen development and process work, rather than only the more refined 'final' pieces that make up the vast majority of the exhibition."
As much of the work of this year was done on kitchen tables in domestic settings, it felt appropriate to bring some of that domestic life and clutter to the trailer, building until we enter 3D space.
2021 | Directed by The Bartlett.
As sound can be defined as always being generated by material moving, I always try and incorporate sounds that are part odf the DNA of the subject matter.
This year I used sanders and drills which were being used to construct the show as I wrote the music, and I got a sample of Don, the irrepressable legend who sits at the reception desk and has been part of the Bartlett for as long as I can remember. He had to be included in the track at least one year!
See if you can spot where he pops up.