Graduates 2018: Julia Goodlife: Moving Image

My practice explores the psychological dimension to experiencing and understanding the ecological crisis by weaving together narratives from biology, geology, philosophy and personal experience.

I use both analogue and digital modes of image-making in my work, including CGI, VHS and Super 8 – often combining them so as to explore the mediums conceptually. With an intentional emphasis on atmosphere and uncertainty, my work often deals with the absence of imagery and the invisible.

Julia Goodlife bunsen burner

Can you tell us about your final project?

 For my final project I’ve been exploring coexistence by looking at microbial ecologies in both the human body and the soil. I worked with microbiologists within the university to document the process of making bacteria and fungi visible through culturing and staining before viewing the cells under a microscope. Shot on super 8, the film swings between an ancient forest in Wales where the soil sample is collected and the science lab – unfolding a parallel between the experiential and the factual.

 Julia Goodlife still

How have you found studying Moving Image at Brighton?

The moving image course at Brighton has been an invaluable experience. I’ve been exposed to a really interesting range of experimental works and theory which have continued to influence my practice throughout my degree. The tutors, technicians and students are all passionate and engaged, creating a really great community of artists and filmmakers to develop work alongside. I think the atmosphere and structure of the course is really unique.


What are you doing following graduation?

My plan after graduation is to continue developing my practice and to further explore the intersection of art and ecology.

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