Crowtrap is a documentary fiction work by Callum Hill. Weaving together the lives of two men, this short film draws upon their individual dealings with fire to expand across themes such as pyromania, anarchy, radicalism and enlightenment.

Since 1989, seventy-nine pieces of the original Berlin wall have formed the contained space of a coal yard in Prenzlauer Berg, East Berlin. Born in the GDR, the man who created and runs this charged site has a particularly haunted relationship to the fragments of history; the enclosure protects the pieces of coal like a dormant volcano. Through a fictionalised portrayal, Hill parallels this man’s story with that of a heather burner in North Yorkshire, who witnessed the Piper Alpha Disaster of 1988. Whilst the film focuses on the psychology of these two men, it simultaneously gestures to the UK’s political climate and its imminent withdrawal from the EU. The film’s erratic movement is guided by the artist herself, whose presence as both a narrator and character is key to the film’s folding and unfolding across times and spaces both real and imagined.

Callum Hill

Callum Hill is a British artist working in film, sculpture and photography. Her films are led by real characters, locations and experiences. From these factual starting points she constructs idiosyncratic, at times erratic narratives, often situating herself in direct relationship to the particularities of each story. Socially engaged and polemical in tone, her work questions the socio-political psychology and physical architecture we are ‘incarcerated’ within.

She has been awarded Arts Council England Grants in 2015, 2017 and 2018 for the production of new work. From 2017-2018 she was part of Film London’s FLAMIN Fellowship. She was recently artist in residence at Thomas Dane Gallery in Naples, developing a new film work set in the city. Forthcoming solo exhibitions in 2019 include LUX, London and PS2, Belfast. She studied BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College (2009) and MA Moving Image at the Royal College of Art, London (2016).

Filmography

British summer (2018), Solo Damas (2016), For Eva Rising (2016)