Fulwood man makes short film #NotGoingOut after being trapped in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on - 24th August, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Fulwood, Health, People, Photos, Preston News
Oliver playing the accordion
Oliver playing the accordion. Pic: Barbican

A man from Fulwood has created a short film and score to represent his experience as a young disabled neurodivergent artist confined to the home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

National Open Youth Orchestra member, musician and filmmaker Oliver Cross, created the score, #NotGoingOut, using photos he had taken from his house during lockdown.

Oliver said: “Because of my autism and disabilities I don’t feel I can go out at all.

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“I’ve used a technique to turn photographs into music and have used the images of inside my house and garden that I am restricted to.

“I’ve also used a few clips of a nice isolated beach I can go to safely.”

Oliver was born and raised in Cambridge and studied Photography at Cambridge School of Art, before moving to Preston in 2019

Oliver said: “I am mostly known for playing harmonica which I’ve been playing since I was 15.

Oliver at his computer producing music
Oliver at his computer producing music. Pic: Barbican

“I have played with The Paraorchestra and the National Open Youth Orchestra.

“More recently I’ve been doing a lot more folk music, particularly in Preston.”

Working with the footage and photographs taken from the views of his home, Oliver applied technology that placed a grid over the images, mapping out the main lines in the image.

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The resultant tracing was then converted to notes on a scale and Oliver wrote the composition using the motifs.

This original work forms part of Subject to Change: New Horizons by the Barbican Centre which is based in London.

“I’m really lucky to have played at The Barbican Centre in 2019 and I travel down there every month – other than in the Pandemic – for rehearsals for NOYO.

“I was really pleased that my application for a commission with the Subject to Change programme was successful.

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“Earlier this year I had a commission with the English Folk Dance and Song Society ( EFDSS ) working on a project about my family history called The Lost Stories, about how my family and it’s sea faring origins and how they travelled the world before ending up in Lancashire in Oldham.”

Each month for a year, Young Creatives are commissioned to produce new and powerful artistic work responding to the uncertain times in which we are living.

Cross’ film and score is the second in the series and new work will be shared every month on the Barbican’s website and social media channels from today until June 2021.

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What do you think of how Oliver has represented his experience? Are you still isolating because of the pandemic? Let us know in the comments.

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