Curtains and Windows

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Curtains and Windows is a collaborative text- and sound-based video triptych, using footage recorded at the Heygate Estate in Elephant & Castle, London SE1, three years before this forty-year old estate, once home to three-thousand people, was demolished in 2014 to make way for luxury housing.

In 2013, Bakker approached author David Rose, who had contributed to the anthology Still (Negative Press London, 2012), to write a story inspired by video images of windows and curtains recorded at the Heygate. Curtains is a monologue read by actor Francis Lee.

Researching the Heygate Estate, Bakker discovered the work of lecturer and sound artist Dr Will Montgomery (selvageflame.com), who had previously made field recordings there. He responded to the video images with a soundscape evoking the pain of the materials of the building.

Meeting two of the Heygate’s last residents, led Bakker to writing Windows, a monologue inspired by the style of Rose’s Curtains. Voice-over artist Brian Robinson interpreted the text in 2017.

Both stories are included in the journal Confingo, issue 10, autumn/winter 2018, alongside screengrabs of the original videos. www.confingopublishing.uk

Curtains, standard definition video, 2011-2018, colour, sound, 3.13 min. (With David Rose and Francis Lee)
Curtains (soundscape version), standard definition video, 2011-2018, colour, sound, 3.13 min. (With Dr Will Montgomery)
Windows, standard definition video, 2011-2018, colour, sound, 3.14 min. (With Brian Robinson)

Curtains, standard definition video, 2018, colour, sound, 3.13 min. (David Rose – fiction, Francis Lee – voice)

Windows, standard definition video, 2018, colour, sound, 3.14 min. (Roelof Bakker – fiction, Brian Robinson – voice)

Curtains (soundscape version), standard definition video, 2018, colour, sound, 3.13 min. (Dr Will Montgomery – sound)

 

Curtains and windows, Roelof Bakker, David Rose, Will Montgomery, Heygate Estate

Curtains & Windows, still from video, 2018