Report to an Academy

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Sarah Browne, Report to an Academy, 2016. Still from HD video with sound, 28 minutes, English language

Report to an Academy draws from the Kafka story of the same title, exploring the contemporary academic environment as a neoliberal workplace. Where in Kafka's story, an ape delivers an address to a gathering on his transition into human life, this video features an octopus who speaks of her motivation to escape and transform herself from human material in search of new forms of articulacy and agility.

Sarah Browne, Report to an Academy, 2016. Still from HD video with sound, 28 minutes, English language
Sarah Browne, Report to an Academy, 2016. Still from HD video with sound, 28 minutes, English language
Sarah Browne, Report to an Academy, 2016. Still from HD video with sound, 28 minutes, English language
Installation view at solo exhibition, Marabouparken Konsthall. Photo: Jean-Baptiste Béranger

Read a review of this work by Tom Jeffreys in the group exhibition Strange Foreign Bodies, at the Hunterian, Glasgow, curated by Dominic Paterson, here

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Research materials focused on strikes in University College Dublin, 1985. The printed version of the film script is footnoted with all protest events referred to in the film.
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Written, directed and edited by Sarah Browne

Voice: Fiona for Apple OSX 10.10.5

Composition: Alma Kelliher

Camera: Colum O'Dwyer, Sarah Browne

Movement devised in collaboration with performers: Saoirse Wall & Liv O'Donoghue

Close-up footage of cephalopod skin courtesy Roger Hanlon at MBL, Massachusetts, USA

Colourist: John Beattie

Commissioned for Manual Labours: The Complaining Body, curated by Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards. Supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, The Elephant Trust, The Birkbeck/Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund and Birkbeck University Widening Access. Further exhibitions include Aliens are Temporary: A Mutating Tale, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin (2022); Werethings, curated by Mihnea Mircan, Plan B, Berlin (2019); Honorary Vertebrate Club, curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam;Strange Foreign Bodies, curated by Dominic Paterson, The Hunterian, Glasgow (2018); solo exhibition curated by Jenny Richards at Marabouparken, Stockholm (2017).