Graduates 2017: Eliott Mussi

“My work has taken influence from the methods and techniques from the Dada and Surrealist movements, currently furthering an exploration into the unconscious mind, studying thought, ideas and creating connections between esoteric knowledge and the contemporary world.”

Can you tell us a bit about your current work?

Based upon Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, Antahkarana is a short film of a journey from darkness to light. The films context explores elements of esoteric and pagan frameworks, while documenting human emotions through both artificial and natural landscapes.

The process of constructing the script came by using the Cut-Ups method similar to writer William S. Burroughs. I then constructed the script by re-arranging lines of Dante’s Inferno to produce a linear narrative. The narration was then produced by another method called automatic writing to aid the viewer through the film as Virgil did for Dante within the book Inferno. The spoken narration however was never used, this suggests a presence that guides the film, as our human intuition guides our race. The camera within the film was then left to continuously record within four different locations, while the actor was only provided with the context for emotion of the sequence.”

Can you tell us a bit about your time at Brighton?

“Time studying on the Moving Image course at the university has most certainly changed my life. Over the last 3 years my experiences gained from the course have provided me with so much insight and shown me a pathway of how to view the historical and contemporary art world. The course leader Matthew Noel-Tod and technician Matt Page have made the three years on the course an enjoyable process of artistic and self-development.”

What are your plans after graduating?

“I will finally take time to travel and see the world. I will certainly continue to create moving image work along the way, bringing back what I have experienced and learnt, hopefully to inspire others to venture down the same path.”

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