Alex Topic

BA (Hons) Film & Digital Art

Theme

Echoes & Shadows, takes the form of an audio memoir in the form of a sound collage, working with excerpts from my family history and accounts of their European migration during the turmoil of the 20th century.

I write, produce and direct audio works for gallery installations. I am interested in storytelling and using sound to capture emotions and ideas. My graduate work, Echoes & Shadows, takes the form of an audio memoir in the form of a sound collage working with excerpts from my family history and accounts of their European migration during the turmoil of the 20th century.

The work was composed of layered clips of voiceover interviews with my family presented and expressed as abstract impressions. The research involved delving into family archives and legacies of oral history from over a hundred years ago starting at the beginning of the 20th century in Russia. This is the first time these oral accounts were recorded and kept for future generations. The work explores the importance of family stories as history. It gave me a real insight into the hardships of my family’s recent history and my own childhood.

My previous spoken word film, Catharsis, also expressed personal and autobiographical themes, this time from a martial arts perspective. The story behind the work focused on the philosophy of martial arts concerning empowerment and vulnerability. Following on from my degree I see myself further developing my fine art based experimental audio practice. I am interested in popular film culture and science fiction. My dissertation focused on robotics and cyborg culture in film studies. My interests and aptitudes lend themselves to work in local and community radio and I am interested in developing networks and workshops within sound.

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Echos and Shadows