Title: Our Selves Unknown
Director: Edwin Rostron
Length: 3 mins
(The film is intentionally silent)
‘Our Selves Unknown’ takes the book ‘Landscape in Distress’ as its raw material, reconfiguring its photographic illustrations, text and cover design into pencil and ink drawings, using a working process of self-enforced rules and restrictions, obstacles and chance.
Published by the Architectural Press in 1965, ‘Landscape in Distress’ was written by Lionel Brett, a British peer, architect and town-planner. The book examined 250 square miles of Oxfordshire, recording “in intimate detail the post-war changes and present state of the landscape of a typical section of […] Britain.” It described the damage that had been done to the area and tried to alert the reader to “the inevitable damage that lies ahead”, drawing specific attention to the increasing homogenisation of areas on the edges of cities.
Edwin Rostron is an artist based in London. He studied at Sheffield Hallam University and at the Royal College of Art. His work has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals internationally, including Ann Arbor Film Festival, GLAS, and Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. He was recently a visiting artist at CalArts and at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. He runs Edge of Frame, a blog and ongoing programme of screening events focusing on experimental animation, and is a tutor at the Royal College of Art.