AV Festival 06 presented the world premiere of a stunning new film by Richard Fenwick, one of a generation of new filmmakers emerging within the world of digital graphics. Shot on Teesside, Artificial Worlds V.3.0 was commissioned to close the Festival.
Artificial Worlds V.3.0 was a dramatic and fittingly discordant way to end the Festival’s exploration of the impact of technology on life. The film depicts a group of people running for their lives, but not from a visible discernible enemy. This monster is fast, destructive and cruel: but does it have consciousness? As each runner is consumed by a digital interface, each body is fractured and detonated, right up until the final act of human defiance. The film asks to what extent this lifelike technology that surrounds us is taking us over. Despite its somewhat techno-dystopian feel, Artificial Worlds V.3.0 is a testimony to the power of new technology to change the future of the North East. Fenwick worked alongside local artist, Marcus O’Keefe, and many talented individuals from Middlesbrough’s Digital City project, to create a film of immense power.
Richard Fenwick is an award winning filmmaker based in Newcastle upon Tyne. With a background in motion graphics, he began directing in 2000, with an extensive career making music videos and work for commercial brands including Sony, Motorola, MTV and Playstation. Alongside his commercial work, he began writing and directing short films in 2004, making work that is characterised by its bold, imaginative and eclectic style. His short films have screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide, including Clermont-Ferrand, Edinburgh, Sydney and Los Angeles, and broadcast with MTV, BBC3, Sky Movies and Filmfour.
Produced in collaboration with Middlesbrough Arts Development team.