Revisiting Genesis web series and a single-screen film 2016

Revisiting Genesis is shortlisted for the Jarman Award 2017 

 

To read an interview about Revisiting Genesis with Stephanie Bailey and Oreet Ashery

To read a thinking piece by T J Demos, The Death of Death,  on Revisiting Genesis in Afterall 

To read a review by Mette Kjærgaard Præst on Revisiting Genesis in This is Tomorrow 

To watch the full web series and for press, about and cast

trailer 

to join a collaborative writing group on Revisiting Genesis 

Revisiting Genesis takes the form of a web-series in twelve episodes and a feature length experimental film. Written and directed by Oreet AsheryRevisiting Genesis mixes fictional dialogues and real life interviews with people who have life limiting conditions. The work explores digital and emerging technologies of dying, social networks, self-presenting in the afterlife, labour, withdrawal, care and feminist reincarnations of women artists.

To watch the final episode – Prayer, Aerialist 

Lyrics to the prayer last episode

Prayer

Do you hear me God?
God do you hear me?
Can you see me God?
God you are in me

Pungent smell of self-neglect
Didn’t know that we’d have to change…
change our underwear and socks everyday
for Self- belief is scarce

We are homeless,
children of the government
and how we live is how we die
only more so

Woman’s death is not any old death,
a woman’s death is not normal
Let us make a woman disappear
into a flat black smudge

You seem stitched up in the net
she smiles and cries in the deep deep web
chased, erased, stay in bed
how we live is how we die
Maybe more so

Trolls make goose bumps come alive
Trolls make goose pups come alive
roll and troll and troll and roll and troll
with a laptop on your back

How much? The child asks -
for a digital afterlife?
With the ashes kept for tattoos
or a brooch? Or just as it comes?

Just as it comes the child replies
rise and fall, fall and rise
How we die is how we live
Is this our real life?

Will you break me in this digital life?
Can you hand me over to the afterlife?
Can I have you as mine tomorrow night?
Save me from all this fun

Find me somewhere in the archives of mess
present me in the show
would you Hold me. Grieve me. Love me for now
love, love me, for now.

© Lyrics Oreet Ashery, composition and singing by Johnny Parry, 2016

Video © Oreet Ashery 2016

 

Commissioned by the Stanley Picker Fellowships at Kingston University and supported by a Welcome Trust Arts Award, public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Tyneside Cinema, Goldsmiths University of London, and waterside contemporary.