The River Project was a collaborative research project situated on the outer edges of Sheffield, where a derelict Victorian Cemetery meets the River Don. Eelyn Lee collaboratred with students from Sheffield College in an exploration of the past and present to speculate on possible narratives for the future. A kind of gothic futurist look at what it means to be alive today.
Together, the team researched and mapped the local topography; histories, myths & ecosystem of the River Don; the stories around Wardsend Cemetery and observed how people and wildlife inhabit the area. The research was re-presented in an exhibition at Site Gallery from 22nd Nov – 2nd Dec 2010 and to mark the bicentenary of the publication of Frankenstein, the film will was presented at an outdoor screening in Wardsend Cemetery. The film sees a conjuring of the Celtic goddess Danu and a creature of her making to explore themes of pollution and renewal.
As a development of Eelyn’s ongoing body of work inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the team compared perceptions of life and death 200 years ago with our understanding of mortality today. Referencing Gothic tropes, they devised a short fiction film, transposing stories of the past in to a re-imagining of a better future.
View an extact of the film below.
Photos by Julian Lister