20 screen video installation commissioned for Fourth Wall Film Festival / Cardiff Contemporary 2014.
Following a protracted closure programme over a 40 year period, steelmaking in Ebbw Vale in the South Wales Valleys came to an end in July 2002. Two years later one of the most iconic steelworks structures, the Pickle Line, was demolished, an event recorded by scores of amateur and professional film makers on all sides of the valley, many of whom were ex-steelworkers. This new installation shown on 20 TV screens brought a number of those films together, synchronised to the moment of demolition.
The films illuminate a moment of transition from being makers of things, to consumers of things. Yet they also represent the end of the sense of uniformity and collective endeavour engendered by heavy industry and the new found, perhaps hollow, power of the individual to record events from their own point of view.