“KhoiSan Medicine” is an exploration of contemporary myth through the unlikely pairing of special effects Youtube tutorials and anthropological studies of the KhoiSan – the aboriginal people of Southern Africa. Using fragmentary sound-bites and particle based animation it connects digital production and circulation with ancient beliefs about the spiritual nature of the universe. Here disintegration and physical entropy reigns aided by the resilience and adaptability of technology. It seeks to emphasise the instability of matter and identity in a digital context, and provocatively questions whether this immaterial anarchism might also offer us liberation from the very laws of physics.
Anne Haaning was shortlisted for the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards: 'What Will They See of Me?', 2014. The work was subsequently shortlisted for Selected IV, Videoclub and Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network, Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle, CCA, Glasgow, Fabrica, Brighton, FACT, Liverpool, Whitechapel Gallery, London.
“KhoiSan Medicine” was commissioned for the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards: 'What Will They See of Me?' in association with CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow and University of East London, School of Arts and Digital Industries. Film and Video Umbrella is supported by Arts Council England.