Go back to article: The language of Electricity: Jan Hicks in conversation with Bill Morrison

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In a commissioned film, American artist and filmmaker Bill Morrison used material from the Electricity Council archive at MSI (the Museum of Science and Industry) in Manchester to create a visual journey that explores the production and distribution of electricity and its profound impact on our daily lives.

In this animated world, Morrison shows how electricity, when abstractly represented as elemental units moving through space, can mirror a broader reading of our natural state as intrinsically electric beings.

Working with an original score created by his frequent collaborator, the guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, Morrison recontextualises familiar graphic themes as a reflection on who we are as energy-dependent beings with interconnected lives across the planet.