Sarah Beddington is a British artist and filmmaker, currently based in London, whose work in film and video, and other ephemeral or fragile media, investigates the intersection between the social, the personal and the political, usually in relation to journeys and migration in relation to a sense of place and landscape. She is currently working on a feature length documentary that uses the aerial perspective of birds migrating through the eastern Mediterranean to reflect on both exile and home.
Sarah Beddington’s work has been shown in many museums, galleries and film festivals including: FIDMarseille International Film Festival; City States, Liverpool Biennale; Les Rencontres Internationales, Centre Pompidou, Paris and Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; Eastern Standards: Western Artists in China, MASS MoCA, USA; LOOP film and video festival, Angels Gallery, Barcelona; Vanishing Point, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio. Her work is represented in a number of public and private collections including Arts Council England.
The Logic of the Birds began as a public processional walk before becoming a film. Shot in the Jordan Valley in Palestine, the work takes a 12th century Sufi poem about a group of birds crossing a difficult landscape in search of a leader to reflect on ideas around freedom of movement and collective presence in the landscape.
Designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, the Futuro structure reflects the space-age concerns of the Cold War-era in which military technology seeped through to the domestic environment. Filmed in Berlin, Futuro 13 records a voyage made by this flying saucer house. As with all of Beddington’s work, the shots are composed in such a way as to give a strange sense of watching and being watched. The soundtrack for Futuro 13 was created by Anton Esteban, a filmmaker and editor based in New York City.