The Creole Garden
The Creole Garden is an assemblage of video Haikus where reason is clouded by the poetic and the irrational. Drawing on Biblical Poetry and the theories of Édouard Glissant, the work carries poems of solace, wakefulness, creolisation, correspondence and resistance - the recovery of the senses through a visceral connection to land, people and the unseen.
Music composed by Tara Jerome (Piano Piece)
Featuring Djenna Saccoh (Dance), Laure Largent (Poem Reading), Orphee Kashala (Poem Reading)
Filmed in San Fernando, Trinidad. The video explores the mundane phenomena that occupy the peripheries of an idealized Caribbean.
365 Ways to Make Tea (2019)
Filmed in Geneva and Coventry. The film explores the poetics of cross cultural experiences, hybridity and postcolonial tension.
Resounding Gongs and the Peripheral Vision of Sheep
Resounding Gongs and the Peripheral Vision of Sheep (2020) is an experimental film by Ryan Christopher.
Through obscurity and the poetic, the artist interrogates our relationship with empathy, language and listening (in response to the current circumstances of Refugees and Asylum seekers in the UK). The film explores these uncertainties with a focus on the tensions of seeing and hearing/ being seen and being heard, playing with the notion of acousmatic sound and its antithesis. In dismantling these components of human interaction, the film seeks more universal forms of communication and ways of attuning to those peripheral to dominant structures, challenging the barriers caused by language and stigma. Disorienting combinations of spatial, audio-visual elements contribute to the uncertainty of the film, hope and unease liaise as we are invited to be more intentional in our listening.
Commissioned by Slanguages in collaboration with Maokwo, for International Refugee week, 2020
Sculpting in Time (2018)
On Time Pressure and Repetition.