3-channel video with sound (25 minutes)
When did you last cry? records a journey made around the country during the official four-week period of campaigning for the 2010 General Election, finishing in Westminster on the morning of 7th May, when no overall political party had formed a government. The video, shot from the passenger window of a motorhome, goes in search of incidental spaces and moments across Britain’s urban and rural landscapes set against a soundtrack of ambient noise and radio news bulletins.
Juxtaposed alongside the large format landscape photographs from The Election Project, the video explores our new predicament in this era of austerity and the shifting perceptions of the country’s economic and political geography, with its many anxieties; a rediscovery and revaluation of where we find ourselves today.
The title of the piece is taken from a radio interview conducted with Nick Clegg, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, during the General Election where he floundered after being asked this question.
The following slides feature the film, an installation shot of the video at mac gallery in Birmingham and a selection of screen grabs.
nb. The film is an installation piece and when viewed in a physical space each of the three screens is projected at least 1.5 metres wide while the audio tracks are played over four speakers placed in different areas of the room.