I:Crow has been developed from super8 footage shot in Pembrokeshire between 2002-2004. It focuses on the relationships between humans, animals (particularly the crow) and the land in rural Pembrokeshire. The work draws on magico-mythological readings of the land from the Mabinogion and the early pre-christianised Arthurian legends as well as recent re-conceptualisations of land and rural spaces in fields such as anthropology and cultural geography. These readings attempt to move away from the picturesque and idyllic understandings of rural landscape and focus instead on ‘dwelling’; examining who or what dwells in the land and how these forces interact together.
In the Mabinogion, the crow is associated with the dark aspect of the feminine divine. She appears in myth when the land has been abused by its inhabitants and is about to become the Wasteland. She is also present on battlegrounds where the carrion crow as her representative, feeds from the dead flesh of those killed. I:Crow draws on these associations, but also attempts to visualise Crow as an anarchic figure who resists the domination and exploitation of the land by humankind.
I:Crow should be installed as a two screen video installation, although so far it has been shown in single screen form. It was screened in Spain as part of the exhibition Bestiarios and it was screened as part of a Trailerpark event in Cardiff at the UCG cinema in 2005.
stills from the film: