Leeds Beckett University - BA Fine Art L6 students (created pre-Covid when in L4), with Alan Dunn, November 2021.

Digital video animation and soundtrack, 27 mins.

What did the future really look like to those students at Leeds Beckett University back in 2019? Taking inspiration from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968), this new work offers insights into the futures of technology, gender and social media. Presented on Bruntwood’s ‘Monolith’-shaped Media Wall in Platform Building, the 20-minute looped film is set in a recognisable future in which artificial intelligence abounds, water is in short supply, connectivity is dangerous, currencies are highly complex, and cloning, codes and propaganda are rife. Accompanying the public screening will be an ambient soundtrack specifically composed by members of the production team.

“This is the third time we’ve collaborated with Bruntwood on their media wall in Platform Building and ‘Monolith’ is a fascinating glimpse at the future as seen through the eyes of 19 Fine Art students, mostly in their early 20s. They have risen to the challenge of creating moving image content for the huge (9m high) wall, working out the appropriate speeds and colours that work best and we’re really blown away by the exclusive soundtrack composed for ‘Monolith’ by Olli Tipling and Dani Ingham. The work was originally requested by the Leeds International Festival and it’s a great honour for the students to be able to see their collaborative work in the public realm again.”

Alan Dunn, Reader and lecturer in Fine Art