CAConrad on George Finlay Ramsay and Alexander Hetherington | Writing Highlight

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A 16mm film still shows a close up of a shining, wet, grey mushroom against a soft peach background. Yellow subtitles read: 'before everything went to shit'.
George Finlay Ramsay & Alexander Hetherington, 'CASTOROCENE', 2021. Courtesy of the artists.

We’re looking back at the written responses to our ONE WORK series, this month highlighting CAConrad’s response to George Finlay Ramsay & Alexander Hetherington’s CASTOROCENE’ (2021). George and Alexander took part in a ONE WORK event with us in September 2021 discussing CASTOROCENE’, a film pome’ that shifts between essay and semi-fictionalised nature documentary.

CAConrad expands on CASTOROCENE’s setting and themes of animal world building, in a poetic narrative response that merges trans and queer experiences with science-fiction and animalistic motifs.

Pity those with the softest fur, fleece, or down; they will wish their camouflage was computerized, a fortified-digital pelt to escape the terrifying top predator humans. A baby beaver wanders among the trees her parents felled before they were shot and stuffed into bags marked for the haberdashery. Rescued by a family of human campers, she now gathers pencils, passports, toilet paper, books, socks, and wallets to stack against the front door each morning to the sound of giggles over breakfast.


After humans have destroyed the world (again) an unnamed beast swims up from a forgotten swamp and rebuilds the world from zilch. CASTOROCENE’, shifting between essay and semi-fictionalised nature documentary, is a film pome’ dedicated to one of nature’s great architects. Depicting wetlands as the living entity that they are, the camera dwells on a landscape of viscous textures, organic debris and nonhuman sculptures, considering parities between acts of borrowing, rewilding and animal world building. Filmed by artist Alexander Hetherington on 16mm film in the wetlands at Bamff in East Perthshire, Scotland.

You can read or listen to CAConrad read the text by following the link below.

Image description: A 16mm film still shows a close up of a shining, wet, grey mushroom against a soft peach background. Yellow subtitles read: before everything went to shit’.

Part of ONE WORK

ONE WORK is a series of online events that focus closely on a single work. These generous discussions provide an opportunity for an artist to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being. Each work is available as a month-long online screening, followed by a specially commissioned written response that serves as documentation of both the work and the discussion.

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