British Ceramics Biennial
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Sunday, November 5, 2023
British Ceramics Biennial All Saints Church Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3HH
West Midlands
Animate Projects + British Ceramics Biennial

Place Setting refers to a set of tableware for dining, and also resonates with how lives are shaped by a particular culture, industry and workers. The film explores themes of loss, memory and community, and what it means to be deaf, and to live and work in a hearing world – particularly in the context of Stoke-on-Trent and the ceramics industry.

The film uses archive images, photography, Spode ceramic patters, some AI generated imagery, text and captions. Nina worked with poet Julie Irigaray on the text, and the sound is by Chu-Li Shewring.

Nina says:

It’s a film about memory and the haunting of the past, but there’s a lot of hope at the moment in the deaf community about how can we build again from where we are now. At the same, I think, this is happening in the ceramics industry. We’ve lost a lot, but there are new independent practitioners and brilliant community projects. It’s a time to think what it is we all want to happen next and the future we want to build and what we want to preserve.

Place Setting was commissioned by Animate Projects and British Ceramics Biennial. The project has been supported by Deaflinks, The Willows School and Spode Museum Trust.

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Supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Place Setting will also be shown at LUX London in Spring 2024.