Spike Island presented and the blue light, a film collaboration between Paul Samuel White (director) and Jack Young, with music by Felix Drake.
The film is inspired by Young’s hybrid chapbook of interspecies intimacies URTH, which was released in 2022 in conjunction with the Body-Forest programme at Spike Island. This is a year-long public programme of events and engagement activities developed by Jack Young, the recipient of the 2022 Spike Island Engagement Fellowship for South West-based Curators, supported by the West of England Visual Arts Alliance (WEVAA).
and the blue light explores human and non-human entanglements; queer ecological intimacies that devour borders and decentre the human. Tongues merge with molluscs, bodies conjoin and contract and skin peels away in the beetling dark.
Paul Samuel White is a photographer and filmmaker, based in Bristol. He works sensitively to make honest and striking images, which have appeared in The Guardian, Die Tageszeitung, The Scotsman, Novara Media, The Wire, Frieze, The Quietus, CRACK, Fact, Novembre, Noisey, Tate, Arnolfini, The Barbican, V&A, The Lowry, Exeunt, Artsadmin, a-n, Line Of Best Fit, Loud And Quiet and more, as well as collaborating with artists and collectives such as Thorny, David Hoyle, Giant Swan, Yves Tumor, Eartheater, Dirtytalk, Shon Faye, Travis Alabanza, among others. https://www.paulsamuelwhite.com/
Jack Young is an artist and participatory educator living in Bristol. He writes experimental fiction and non-fiction with a focus on queer ecologies, and his hybrid chapbook Urth was published by Big White Shed in 2022. He co-hosts the literary podcast Tender Buttons. As an educator, he works with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, developing arts-based critical pedagogy with a particular emphasis on multilingual filmmaking, applied theatre and creative writing. He has worked with schools and institutions in Barcelona and London including MACBA, Institut Moisès Broggi, Royal Academy of Arts, Horniman Museum, Tate and Gasworks. Jack is the recipient of the 2022 Spike Island Engagement Fellowship for South West-based Curators. www.jackmyoung.net
Felix Drake is a musician and producer based in Bristol. He is part of Avon Terror Corps and runs the music collective Bliss Archive, who can be found at blissarchive.bandcamp.com and on Instagram @blissss.archive