Not Punch and Judy: The Chronicle and Story of an Experiment in Emergent Practice (2014)

9′ 5″HD video, sound; Trailer 56″

Using ideas from Carl Jung – exploring and accepting the inner world, Carolyn Abbate – analysis of dissonance to find the narrative voice – and Hilde Lindemann Nelson – using narrative to repair damaged identity, I filmed a process of creating puppets and recorded some of the thoughts that arose as I made them. I utilised emergent practice in the filmmaking, which meant letting go of preconceived ideas to let narrative arise in the moment. I designed and built a contemporary Punch and Judy theatre to display the work in the second year show at University of Brighton. The idea was for the puppets to unite, rather than fight as per the traditional dysfunctional relationship style of Punch and Judy.

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