Nightshift International is a collaborative founded by Sarah Boulter & Elliott Flanagan, both based in Manchester. Working with performance and video installation, the duo explore aspiration, budget decadence and modern living. They examine the contemporary presence of the ultra feminine and fractured masculinity. They have recently exhibited work at Venice Biennale, Manchester Contemporary, g39 Cardiff and Sounds from the Other City.
Flanagan’s focus on disconnection from one’s own consciousness, and reflection upon the effect the modern world has on the psyche, neatly complements Boulter’s fascination with ritual, repetition and routine, private and public performance and the aspirational appeal of the ultra-feminine. They explore the reassuringly mundane and through seemingly banal interactions, and dive headfirst into uncomfortable, off kilter on-screen relationships.
Painstakingly deliberate mise en scenes, clothing and muzak create the polished surface of a made for TV world. They study public space, intimacy, expectation, disappointment and loss glossed with a light entertainment sheen. See videos