Supported by Creative Scotland, Pier Arts Centre (Orkney) and LUX, the Margaret Tait Residency aims to support and develop the skills of an emerging Scotland-based artist working within film and moving image. It was developed for artists early in their career who would benefit from a focused period of development in a stimulating environment outwith their typical studio base.
Florrie James participated in the residency in 2014. A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Florrie has screened work at the Intermedia Gallery, CCA, and Collective, and has also worked using the mediums of appropriated design, writing and painting, in addition to filmmaking. Her most recent filmmaking works, including Brighthouse and Mountaintop Administration (with Emilia Muller Ginorio), investigate the psychological and physical effects of public spaces that are entangled in processes of privatisation and populations alienated by public planning mechanisms. These themes are explored further in O.K. Rick.
Featuring an original score by Dick 50, Florrie’s film investigates personal senses of order and humanity that warp and transfigure as the characters are increasingly frustrated and in their complete search for different narratives of power. Two women, who are also Casablanca’s Rick Blaine and Victor Laszlo, travel around Orkney collecting details for the National Census. O.K. Rick tells an abstract story of latency and agency, systems of control and power and what our relationship is to the ground we stand on.
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