Having seen some of Doireann’s work, I was keen to get her involved. I admire the way she works with found film and re-appropriates it in a way that respects the previous owner or the subject of the footage. Without explanation or direction, I handed over the track allowing for a new narrative to form independently of mine and Obi’s interpretation.
Here’s the official commentary:
A film made by Berlin-based visual artist, Doireann O’Malley, for Anika and Obi’s cover of Radiohead’s ‘Fitter Happier’, using found super-8 footage.
The film explores the politics of observation, documenting the antagonistic relationship between an anonymous woman and her voyeuristic counterpart, within the context of a pre-unified Berlin.
It subtly interrogates the relationship between public and private and the blurring of the boundaries between documentary and fiction.
Her practice involves collecting and assembling films, text, images, sounds and objects. “