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Isn’t It a Beautiful World

Joseph Wilson

Takeover: I. Tongue Takeover Isn’t It a Beautiful World
Joseph Wilson
2021

13 Minutes

Date
September 22–October 5, 2022

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Isn’t It a Beautiful World is a short film that, through lipsyncing, depicts the traumatizing stories of queer performers Soroya, Harry, and Kenya, and their emotional journey to adulthood. The film takes the audience on a journey through metaphorical locations to explore themes of loneliness, anxiety, mental health, and recovery, all common issues within the LGBT+ community. The performers lip-sync to Delia Derbyshire’s “Falling,” a collection of reassembled interviews of people describing their dreams arranged in a setting of pure electronic sounds. The locations, including an abandoned school, an old police station, and a dilapidated mobile home depict a mix between childhood ideals and loneliness/isolation.

This screening is part of Tongue Takeover, the first chapter of the online program Takeover curated by Julian Ross for e-flux Video & Film, and unfolding in six chapters between September 22 and December 15, 2022, with the films and videos of each chapter streaming for two weeks.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Category
Film
Subject
Queer Art & Theory, Video Art, Childhood & Youth
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Joseph Wilson is a queer artist, activist, and drag performer, living amongst the eclectic East London community. His work explores LGBTQ+ narratives, taking inspiration from his own lived experiences as well as documenting the people and places around him, amplifying their voices, and celebrating their stories through his art. Joseph has had work premiered at BFI London Film Festival, BFI FLARE, IFFR, Go Shorts, and San Francisco International, as well as four premieres on the global video platform NOWNESS. In 2020, he was selected as one of the FLAMIN (Film London Artists Moving Image Network) artists and had his work added to the archives and special documents department at The Bishopsgate Institute, London. In 2021, Joseph was the winner of the DAZED X CIRCA Class of 2021 by Marina Abramovic and had his work screened at Piccadilly Circus in Shinjuku, Tokyo and at K-Pop Square in Seoul. Most recently, Wilson presented his debut solo show Fragments Between Us at New Art Projects, London.

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