Chapter 1: The Seed

Rachael Champion, Dolon Kundu, Amy & Oliver Thomas-Irvine and Jim Woodall


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A short film centred on a drumming performance in a wheat field that explores life cycle, the connection between hand, earth, gesture and the physical act of making. Featuring participating musicians Parmjeet Bamrah, Anabell Febles, Mahandra Patel, Abraham Paddy Tetteh and Luke Weaver, specialists in world-music rhythms from Africa, India, Latin America and beyond. Film by visual artists Rachael Champion, Dolon Kundu, Amy & Oliver Thomas-Irvine and Jim Woodall.

Set in a wheat field, shortly before harvest time (the straw from which formed the foundation of the physical artworks to be realised later, alongside unfired clay and water), in Chapter 1: The Seed, you are invited to experience the beginnings of the material cycle and the roots of this collaboration. Our five visual artists and five drummers begin to explore the connections and disjuncture between their art forms, from their specific cultural perspectives and lived experiences, through rhythm and dialogue.

Film produced by Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre, in partnership with Media Mania. Produced by Lucy Tomlins.

The Seed is Chapter 1 of Hand Earth Gesture Return, an experimental artwork that publicly manifest across different media (film, photography, sculpture, performance, installation, events) over the course of a year. Through this approach we aimed to share the development and evolution, across time and space, of public sculpture, of an idea, of materials and their processing.


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