2018, HD video, 12 mins.
Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan
Soundtrack score by Lord Mongo
Stratum is a film that navigates through post-industrial landscapes on the European Route of Industrial Heritage, from Britain’s abandoned South Yorkshire coal seams to the culturally re-purposed collieries of the Ruhr Valley, Germany, via the former coal-mining region of Wallonia, Belgium. Contrasting the past and present, contemporary scenes are combined with archival film material, alongside audio narration and excerpts from Miserie au Borinage (directed by Henri Storck and Joris Ivens, 1934), a socialist documentary made in the depths of the Great Depression.
Stratum frames the industrial, social and ecological genealogy of a pan-European region, capturing the economic, structural and physical transformation of post-industrial sites, where particular flora and fauna species have colonised the disturbed landscape.
Stratum is a companion film to the artists’ two-screen 40 minute work Strata, commissioned by contemporary art agency Arts & Heritage.