Rich Pickings presents: Life after Life
January 16th 2016, 5pm, Institute of Contemporary Arts. In partnership with London Short Film Festival. Book here.
“I was sat with my legs through railings on a bridge that hung 30ft above a stream, when the coach smashed into me and crushed me through the bars like play-doh. The pain should have been immense, but I wasn’t in my body, I wasn’t the one laying on a ledge, bleeding, precariously rolling ever so slowly toward my death – I was on the other side of the road watching it unfold. Watching people run, shout, scream and drag me to safety. Then I was there…”
Life after Life is an event about near death experiences and how they affect people’s lives. We’ll explore the experiences of those who have been on – and beyond – the edge of death and lived to tell the tale.
The event will include a programme of short poetic films about life, death and what may or may not lie beyond, as well discussion with speakers including Christopher French, Professor of Psychology and Co-ordinator of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London and Raymond O’Brien, whose experience of an NDE during a cardiac arrest profoundly affected him.
Impact, a Boxer’s Story
Dir. Keith Rivers, 2015, 05:23
A tragic incident stalled Malagamali’l D’hue’s career in boxing. Impact follows the story of his fight to persevere and demonstrates that strength we can find in our idols.
Crossing Over: the Art of Jeremy Down
Dir. Mike Bernard, 2012, 12:06
Jeremy Down is an artist who derives his inspiration from the mountains and lakes around his home. A narrow escape from drowning while out painting in his canoe induced a near-death experience that would change his approach to painting as well as living.
The Phantom on The Cliff
Dir. Annlin Chao, 2014, 08:58
A rock climber struggles with the memory of an incident in his past, in this stop-motion story about loss, gain and hope.
Moving The Giants
Dir. Michael Ramsey, 2015, 10:46
Produced by The Story Group and Spoken Image, Moving the Giants follows David Milarch as he clones some of the world’s most ancient and largest living things – California’s coastal redwoods – and replants them in Oregon. Milarch, an arborist from Michigan, had a near-death experience that launched a radical restructuring of his life with a goal to harness trees’ incredible life force to generate healing and change.
Out of Body
Dir. Susan Aldsworth, 2008, 03:23
A short film about a near death experience directed by Susan Aldworth, editing and sound by Barney Quinton. In this film she uses a series of monoprints based on the visual imagery of brain scans to document bursts of activity in the brain. The piece revolves around the uncanny parallels found in the personal testimonies of those who have experienced ‘near-death’. Aldworth is an artist whose recent work focuses on the brain and human consciousness.
Dir. Alan Holly, 2013, 09:00
A lost soul stumbles drunken through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things.
Mother & Void
Dir. Danny Agama , 2015, 02:20
This visual and audio landscape piece echoes a child’s near death experience while presenting the scenery and capillaries of Michigan during winter.
Supported by a Wellcome Trust People Award.
Featured image and Out of Body image: Courtesy of Susan Aldworth and GV Art gallery, London. 2008.