The Whitworth Group’s artist-filmmaker Nick Jordan made this lyrical short film from conversations recorded for Series 1 of our #RareDConversations podcast series, coupled with beautiful imagery taken of a rare, restored peatland habitat in Chat Moss, Greater Manchester. With an original and evocative soundtrack score, the documentary connects together themes of community and mutuality, resilience and renewal, in the context of environmental, social and personal healthcare. The film can be watched here:

Nick Jordan
Rare Frequencies | 11 mins
 | 2020

Rare Frequencies, along with Genetic Sequences and The Entangled Forest, is the first in a trilogy of recent films by the artist, which featured in his solo exhibition ‘Natural Interaction‘ at HOME, Manchester. Featuring original soundtrack scores by Otis Jordan, The works draw upon the artist’s collaborations with ecologists, narrative therapists, genetic counsellors and medical geneticists, interconnecting the lived experience of rare health conditions with the reciprocal behaviours and symbiotic systems found in nature.

Combined with audio conversations on the importance of science and the lessons we can learn from the natural world, Jordan’s hybrid documentaries explore diverse landscapes and ecosystems, including restored and rewilded peatlands, networks of mycelium, botanical gardens, urban woodlands and ancient forests; threading together themes of community and mutuality, resilience and renewal.

Genetic Sequences:

Nick Jordan
Genetic Sequences | 16 mins
 | 2022

Genetic Sequences is a documentary which centres on conversations with healthcare professionals involved in medical genetics.

Recorded for the European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) podcast series ‘Genetic Sounds’, the discussions reflect on interrelated issues such as global healthcare inequalities, human rights, access to vaccines, the public’s trust in science, hopes for the future, and the need for multidisciplinary collaboration. The audio extracts are combined with footage filmed in Vienna during the ESHG’s annual conference. Exploring an urban topography, locations range from the tree-covered ‘Hundertwasser’ apartment block, public parks and city streets to the global plant collection and tropical glasshouses of the University of Vienna’s Botanical Garden.

Commissioned by European Society of Human Genetics
With support from the University of Manchester and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

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