Artist Graeme Crowley has fused together bespoke built technology and art to examine the British social and economic landscape since the 2016 EU referendum.
Britain, Take a Bow is a collaborative artwork between UK-based software developers, artists, filmmakers, typographers and musicians which creates a continually evolving artwork.
In order to poignantly reflect the complexity of Brexit, the artwork uses ground breaking software combining film, typographic treatment and audio stems in a way that creates a unique experience with each viewing. A collection of filmed vignettes, Britain, Take a Bow, is a record of the UK since the referendum, reflecting on the ideas of Britishness and nationalism as we struggle with the monumental decision to leave the EU.
The technology used to create the work enables over 1.8 billion possible permutations of the national anthem alone, from calm and elegiac to discordant and jarring. New content is added to the artwork’s system every day, ensuring that no two viewings look or sound identical. Crowley has added this element of fluctuation to his art work, through the use of software, to convey the fractured state of public and parliamentary opinion about Brexit and looming uncertainty
Each composite film is accompanied by a four-minute unique mix of God Save The Queen built from hundreds of recorded audio loops created by a host of different musicians, an orchestra, a choir and school children and produced by Paul Crowley. The films are cut with the speeches of key political figures during Brexit debates. Leading UK designers created typographic treatments that are superimposed on top of every composite film. Developers created a platform to allow other filmmakers to upload their own clips to the library. The platform is invite-only and 12 filmmakers from across the UK are currently participating.
The artwork’s title is a play on the Daily Mail’s headline – Take A Bow, Britain — on the 25th June 2016 following the result of the 2016 referendum. Since the referendum, Graeme Crowley has been visiting pro-leave and remain areas to record short films exploring the people and environments of these places. The result is a library of hundreds of clips capturing coastal towns and seascapes, the majesty of natural landscapes and urban spaces, and daily life in the UK from the sad and mundane to the exciting and uplifting.
Graeme Crowley says: “The UK’s decision to leave is complex. Brexit has exposed the divisions across the nation. Britain, Take A Bow is a collaborative attempt to capture daily life from leave and remain areas of the UK through hundreds of filmed vignettes. I’ve made this piece to reflect the fragmentation and complexity of the situation and to expose the anachronistic and sentimental visions of the UK pushed by the architects of Brexit.”
The film can be watched at: https://www.
The film will be shown at Hamburg International Short Film Festival as an installation from 4-10 June, 2019. Graeme Crowley will participate on a panel discussion about digital/AI/algorithmic filmmaking practices at the festival on 7 June.