Madness as a Form of Relaxation is the collaboration between Gary Thomas and Abbie Norris and explores what happens to the human body in a mental health ‘crisis’. The image is split in 3, representing the thoughts & feelings of a body no longer able to cope with what’s happening in the mind. Based on Diary writings, the film is a physical manifestation of what happens during an episode of psychosis, where the body is split between reality and imagination, with the darker unreal 'moments' taking over as if they were real memories. Depicting violent scenarios triggered by reality, the abstract work asks the viewer to think about what they are really seeing.
Sky / Landscape is the very definition of a 'moving image', where the one thing moving is nature itself. In contrast to 'Madness' this work is about healing and what calms you, what can make you feel better. The film immerses the viewer, transporting them somewhere completely different than where they actually are, and in direct contrast to their ordinary lives. The film, sped up by 400%, is still slow moving, reminding us of Nature’s longevity, and its power.
Tuesday 24th May
3pm - 6pm
Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th May
10am – 6pm
Gary is a strong minded and determined individual who has battled life’s obstacles in order to follow his passion to become a film maker. Gary had undergone four operations before the age of ten after being born with a flat nose & Cleft Pallet and when most teenagers were off to University, Gary was having more corrective surgery & spent 10 days in intensive care. He then decided that as he was going to be in and out of hospital for various operations, he would focus on his education.
He managed to secure some valuable work experience with Arena Digital, a post production house, and then with children’s television channel, Trouble, which both led to future paid employment. In 2003 he also worked as an intern for six months for the New Producers Alliance, which is where he began to learn everything about the UK production scene.
Gary's events: Sky / Landscape & Madness as a Form of Relaxation