Report to an Academy draws from the Kafka story of the same title, exploring the contemporary academic environment as a neoliberal workplace. Where in Kafka's story, an ape delivers an address to a gathering on his transition into human life, this video features an octopus who speaks of her motivation to escape and transform herself from human material in search of new forms of articulacy and agility.
Written, directed and edited by Sarah Browne
Voice: Fiona for Apple OSX 10.10.5
Composition: Alma Kelliher
Camera: Colum O'Dwyer, Sarah Browne
Movement devised in collaboration with performers: Saoirse Wall & Liv O'Donoghue
Close-up footage of cephalopod skin courtesy Roger Hanlon at MBL, Massachusetts, USA
Colourist: John Beattie
Commissioned for Manual Labours: The Complaining Body, the second stage of the practice-based research project Manual Labours initiated by Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards that explores people’s physical relationships to work. Manual Labours: The Complaining Body is developed in partnership with The Showroom, London; In Certain Places, Preston and Movement and Division of Labour, Worcester. Manual Labours: The Complaining Body is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, The Elephant Trust, The Birkbeck/Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund and Birkbeck University Widening Access.