the war is done
we can rest with a book
and some tea
I never realised
what the war did to me
the bells ring
we can gaze at the skies
with a smile in our eyes
I never realised
what you mean to me
image: my father on a train looking out to the
landscape of northern france, where his father died.
This video, which can be viewed in full here was shown at
Vision & Signs the graduation show of School of the Damned.
Ralph Pritchard born in London, 1994.
I want to use art to provide narratives for complex feelings. For me art is always involved in a process of self-knowledge. I am interested in representing uncertainty, bonds, desire and the effects of trauma.
I have used a range of methods to express truth with varying degrees of success. These include: film, music, podcasts, improvisation, journalism.
I am a 2018 New Contemporary, studying an MA in Critical Practice at the Royal College of Art, and I recently graduated from the 2018 cohort of School of the Damned, an alternative art education project based across the UK. I work freelance as a videographer for galleries and publishers. I currently live in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Email me at email@example.com
Social networks are Instagram, Vimeo and sometimes Twitter.
Since 2012 I have produced an annual visual diary, reflecting on the sights, sounds and thoughts of the past 12 months. There is not much to add to this description, except that it I find it extremely engaging and hope to continue the practice throughout my life.
Watch 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
‘Shouldr’ started life as a thought experiment about the way we ask for help in an era of social media and highly-flexible work. It is a fictitious app for monetising emotionally supportive behaviour, based on an acknowledgment that care creates value and is therefore potentially profitable.
There were two major outcomes. The first was an online exhibition with isthisit? which included a three-minute commerical for the app.
The second outcome was a short film, On Your Terms, which tells the story of Saskia, a highly empathic student who relies on the app as a primary source of income. Saskia’s boundaries are compromised by the pressures the app makes on her own needs and desires.
I want to be held
‘I want to be held’ is my dissertation, completed during my MA at The Royal College of Art. The topic area is empathy, technology and the body. During this time I wrote and filmed a video series to accompany the dissertation, which was premiered on the online artists platform WUU2?, curated by Emily Simpson.
Thank you to my tutor Lee Triming and to Michael Harding, Andrea Khôra, Helena Kate Whittingham and other friends who sent me links and shared their experiences, without whom the breadth of the research would be considerably narrower.
Download a copy of the dissertation here. Below is a video of the wuu2? series in full.