Butterflies in the Chaos
Video collage created from young people's video footage and voice recordings
Commissioned by The Atkinson, Festival of Hope and Curious Minds
In collaboration with Adam Sloan and Laura Campbell
During the quiet of the lockdown, The Atkinson and Laurence Payot have been working with a group of young people from Sefton, to reflect, pause and reimagine the world that they want to live in. The process has resulted in an experimental film, acting as a crucial piece of documentation capturing young people’s experiences of lockdown.
Do you sometimes feel
like a butterfly in the chaos?
Small actions, in such a big world.
Does your voice matter?
What are you afraid of?
Will the amazon forest disappear?
Will pollution kill us?
Created through a process of image creation, the short film gathers the thoughts and feelings of this group of young people and situates them within a generation experiencing a pivotal time in our history; full of environmental and political uncertainties.
During an eight-week period, five Young Leaders – Sally Dugmore, Greg Hodge, Lisa McGrady, Max Regan and Shannon Weekes – were invited by Laurence Payot to run a series of online workshops for eight young people between 14 and 18 years old. With a focus on creativity, the workshops used everyday objects and settings to create the collaborative video work, against the backdrop of young people’s homes.