The work I’ve made for Scotland
and Venice is called “Spite Your Face” and it’s a thirty-minute film. It’s going to be shown here in Santa Caterina which is a deconsecrated church in Venice and the space was in my head quite a lot when I was thinking about ideas for the film and and so instead of the conventional left right of cinema, it’s more of an idea of above and below, where a lot of the narrative plays between
what’s above and what’s beneath and kind of references a short of vision
of almost heaven and hell or the sense of there being a world above
which is utopian and a world below which is dystopian or real. Gentlemen! Allow me to introduce you to the man of the hour. Pic! [clapping] There is a number of different characters in the film. They are all played by me. I dress up in elaborate costume and prosthetic make-up and transform myself into these different characters. There [are] layers of illusion, within it so I work with actors to record dialogue from the script and then mime to that on camera,
so kind of take on a different voice, and there are layers of prosthetic make-up
and things which transform my face so with each character
it’s a very different impression and creates a kind of world. When I came to Venice to write the script it was shortly after Donald Trump
and the American election and I was interested in how lies
played into the Donald Trump campaign, and despite there being a lot written and a lot said to expose the lies, it didn’t affect the results, and there was still obviously a sense
in which a lot of people believed in the message that they were sending. So I got quite interested in exploring that, and exploring in some ways the power of stories, and the power, in many ways, of a narrative over a truth. Oh no! Now, Pick, don’t be embarrassed. We’re all friends here. In the film you see Pic following something
of a rags to riches narrative. I was quite interested in that as a narrative in the sense that I think I feel critical of how it functions within our culture in that it implies that, if you work hard enough and
if you want something hard enough, if you really, really try and really, really believe
then you can get there and it ignores the social and economic barriers and the privileges which actually function to allow people success, if wealth and fame is what we’re talking about as success, and prevent others from achieving that. I’d tell you that I go to bed nude but that would be the truth now, wouldn’t it? I’m really pleased to see the work installed
and I’m so excited, I’ve never had this big a projection before
so it’s really exciting and I think it really is brought to life by the space and it’s a very different experience
than showing your work in a cinema or showing your work in a gallery. I hope people find it quite a kind of special and quite an exciting experience
to be in this venue watching the work.