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4th Edition, June 2nd, 2020 Michael Clarke

Mr Whiskers

Lockdown partner, Michael Clarke, care leaver and activist shares his vision

In this film, the final of three, Mike talks about his relationship with his cat Mr Whiskers: “He is definitely aware that there is a lot of chaos in the world right now…” 

COVID-19 foregrounds a truth for us: that we humans are a species among others in this world, subject to and living in the natural environment; we carry vulnerabilities and can hold  trauma caused by instability or transition.  So… shielding,  guardianship of the world, love of nature and partnerships – including with cats –  become essential. 

Portable Studio 

These films are excerpts from a video conversation during lockdown with Michael Clarke who is a care leaver and activist living in London. It is part of a collaboration between Mike, social worker Tim Fisher and artist Trevor Appleson. It is a continuation of Trevor’s work Portable Studio.

Portable Studio started life as an archive document of contemporary British youth culture, made in collaboration with a selection of the young people Appleson met and photographed on the streets of Birmingham for a commission at The Midlands Arts Center in 2015.

Inspired by the way identities are curated online, Portable Studio explores youth identity and experience in an attempt to preserve evidence of a socio-digital landscape that would otherwise pass without physical record.