“seven and one” is video piece created by Georgia Osborn, in which she explores forgotten memory. All in the form of VHS tapes recorded from the year 1990 to 2005, this documentation of her sisters (Louisa) and her own childhood, she explores the themes of nostalgia and repressed memory; questioning if events from our past are always as we remember them?
With inspiration taken from a wide range of film and video, inclusive of Chris Markers “La Jetee”, to the seductive use of Super8 film roll in Lana Del Reys “Summertime Sadness”. The clash of out dated technology for example, Super8 and VHS vs the more modern and high resolution uses of capturing moments such as iPhone and digital cameras, demonstrates the non-linear pattern of our memory Appropriating VHS tapes recorded by various family members proves to be both personal and honest, yet resonates with an audience, making them think about their own memories growing up. This video installation also exposes a more melancholy side to the past. Through a timeline of simplistic events, showing the subject growing up and series of glitches created through the old family VCR player; childhood is shown to be completely fleeting.
MUSIC BY TALL SAINT (Louisa Osborn)
“Dreaming our homes as nest and shells” is a project that combines memory, childhood and the family archive. An ode to the dolls house from my childhood, a beautifully carved gift built by my grandfather. This article is representative of my perspective of my grandparents home, in which I not only explore the stillness residing in both of these subjects, but how they retain valuable memories in the form of archaic objects overtime. This piece took a variety of forms which is inclusive of a handbound book, prints and a video installation piece inclusive of music played and recorded by myself. This work was exhibited for my degree show (2018) at Manchester Metropolitan School of Art and also taken to Arles Photo Festival (2018) “Home” is a word that has always felt loaded; it encapsulates so much in the where and what that sometimes we forget about the who. For this reason, my work sometimes feels a little selfish but it is a theme that my core creativity comes back to time and time again.