Casual Terms

Casual Terms

A sensory hullabaloo that explores the perspectives of neuro and mobility diverse creators of an alternative art school at a historic workhouse.

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Created by Morgan Tipping and Tommy Chavannes
Key Crew Morgan Tipping and Tommy Chavannes

Genre:

Documentary and Reality

From July 2019- January 2020 Morgan Tipping co-created The Factory alternative art school with 180 neurodiverse and mobility diverse children, young people and adults from across Nottinghamshire at The Workhouse, Southwell. The Factory curriculum foregrounded social relationships, experimental processes and sought to disrupt the biopolitical way that power was encoded into social practices in the past and influence people in the present.

Casual Terms is a video installation and film directed and produced by Morgan Tipping and filmed and edited by Tommy Chavannes. In Casual Terms we hear how Workhouses, colonial domestic servility and indentured labour formed a ‘complete system’ that not only trapped human cargo in the past, but maintains inequality and precarity in the present.

Collaging stock corporate film footage (transformed by glitch art and music video aesthetics) Casual Terms juxtaposes re-worked footage of precarious labour in present day DRC and Bangladesh with voices that narrate the historic deprivation of liberty at The Workhouse. The uncanny and at times dysmorphic gif-like visuals that are created co-opt the intended function in a disquieting manner.

The narrators hail from children’s homes, Mencap and The Workhouse and the unique rhythm of their speech and timbre of their voices inspired the music. Incorporating field recordings made around the workhouse and during the projects, the music subverts the rhythms of menial routines and references different electronic music genres that draw on industrial activity as a creative source.

The title refers to the term ‘Casual people’ which was coined by artist Tyrone Nash to describe people without disability. Referring to language and the process of fixing conditions, in Casual Terms, the word term takes on multiple meanings. The film asks the viewer to reconsider the language and conditions imposed on people labeled as disabled and meet them on less casual terms.