Pleasure Through Drowning

HD Video, 5.1 Audio
Duration 25 min

Pleasure Through Drowning is a film about an impossible attempt to escape a society over-saturated with moving image. Charting a day trip to Portsea Island in search of 32 historic cinemas which existed there during the 20th Century, the narrators describes a desire for moving image to be harnessed, ‘geographically bound once more to these custom-made architectures’, islands in themselves. Seemingly unable to differentiate between the old cinemas and the parking lots and supermarkets which have replaced them, the narrators’ disillusion with the ‘films’ they find in these everyday places causes them to propose 32 new films for the lost cinemas, inadvertently creating a new flood to saturate the attention span and flooding the island, possibly the last remaining dry land accessible.

Each location in this film is the site of one of the island’s historic cinemas, located by Kihlberg and Henry through word of mouth due to a flood caused by vandals at the city library, making historic maps of the city temporarily unavailable. The recurring theme of flooding in the film drifts from the library flood into the 32 narratives created for the cinemas, each one circling around themes of deep or rising water and its cultural relevance.

Exhibited at:
Res, London 2015
FolkestoneArtworks, 2015
Plymouth Arts Centre, 2016
Whitechapel Gallery, 2019