experimental video with performing objects

 An ancient human sacrifice, long since preserved in the acid-peat bogs, has been exhumed by nature's goddess allowing him to give his final gift.

'gave' is a short video experiment in abstract storytelling of a traditional narrative.  The relationships are explored with performing objects made from natural and edible materials; poetic text; and an original soundtrack.   

 

Text is from "The Tollund Man", a poem by Seamus Heaney.

 

Inspired by the poems Danish setting, I enlisted Danish artists Lise Marker and Maiken Bruun-Aarmodt to recite the text.  The title is also from the Danish word for gift.

Film, music, puppet, and edit by Matt Jackson.  

Performance by Dominique Baron-Bonarjee.


Untitled from Matthew Jackson on Vimeo.