Theo Tennant (4D)
I’ve always been quite envious of people who can say with full confidence that they’re a painter or a sculptor. My ‘practice’, if I can call it that, seems to be constantly changing in terms of the medium I work with. There are a few key themes which I always come back to, within which there will be ideas which will influence and drive the way in which I choose to work. The one constant for me seems to be a desire to make films, everything I make is in some way either thought about cinematically or it will be a film or an apparatus to facilitate a film. My work LeisureLand is the starting point for creating a huge physical geography/map of a fictional, stagnant and decaying Utopia of the middle class within which I will eventually set a film. I’m also beginning to play around with making music which I’m really excited to eventually incorporate into my work.
The films of Andrei Tarkovsky and Elem Klimov have had a huge impact on me, as well as more recently the films of Armin Linke, Joanna Hogg, Ben Rivers, Pedro Costa and Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. Pretty much anything contemporary that is rightly or wrongly labelled as ‘Slow Cinema’ has been a big influence on me.