FILM Happy is the Eye

  • Event details

  • Begins 11 January at 9:00

  • Ends 31 December at 17:00



As part of the Forest Oral Histories project, Dean Heritage Centre commissioned artist & documentary filmmaker Ryan Powell to create a film on the Forest of Dean drawn from our recordings. Ryan works with different techniques including observational landscaping, sound and video collage and oral history documentation as ways of exploring the emotional and material links that tie people with the landscapes and spaces they occupy.

The film uses recordings and photographs sourced from the Dean Heritage Centres archive and the Voices from the Forest project, to build up an image of life in the Forest of Dean during the 20th century, with a focus on ways that people directly interacted with the natural landscape as part of their way of life.  Almost every scene in the film is in fact made up of several shots that have been blended together to create a new image, one that synthesises elements of the landscape, bringing them into conversation with one another. These images are in a constant state of flux in recognition that nothing is static, that both the human, the natural and the relationship between them, are forever changing.

The film can be viewed online. Please follow this link: