Padraig Robinson’s (fellow visual arts 2019/2020) Five Short Stories on Fire encounters John Latham’s deployment of books and fire as temporality and event, using the broadcast format as a way to talk about the screen itself as a territory of attention. The commission Flat Time House Delta (Δ) Research Placement sees Padraig Robinson experiment with a new direction, drawing on the domestic context of Flat Time House.
The film takes place in one day in the life of the novelist (Anne von Keller), who is beginning the first day of writing a book called Five Short Stories on Fire. The day follows her through her domestic space; sleeping, eating, writing and researching, where she encounters the environmental historian Stephen J. Pyne (played by himself). During the course of the day the novelist seems haunted by »the wanderer« (Francesco Vellei), who may in fact be a fictional character she is writing, one whose relationship with fire is very different from her own. The film begins with the novelist waking up, and ends with her falling asleep.
The film is available to watch daily at 8 pm local time (all time zones) until the December 10, 2020: http://delta.flattimeho.org.uk/
More information about the work is here: http://flattimeho.org.uk/events/padraig-robinson/