The Ripple. Alex Culshaw.
13.09.19 — 15.09.19

Preview, 13th September, 6.30pm to 9.00pm

Exhibition: 14th - 15th September 2019

Location: South Kiosk London

Under certain conditions men respond as powerfully to fictions as they do to realities, and…in many cases they help to create the very fictions to which they respond. - Walter Lippmann

Over the weekend of Peckham Festival 2019 South Kiosk presented The Ripple by Alex Culshaw, guest curated by Corelli Hotel. The Ripple is a short film based around concepts of collective storytelling and mass hysteria. The film focuses on the 2015 incident in which forty pupils simultaneously fainted during a Remembrance Day assembly at Outwood Academy in Ripon, North Yorkshire. As no specific cause was identified, there was an immediate torrent of assumptions and speculation. The film uses local children to retell the story, and examine the media and community reaction.

Young actors, dancers and performers from Ripon and the surrounding area took part in filming between the 9th and 14th of July 2019 at the Ripon Amateur Operatics Society. The Choreography and movement was led by Rees Dance. The performances were filmed by Alex Culshaw and Wayne Sables, and the music was composed and performed by Benji Jeffrey.