SHOW AND TELL #9: Nick Jordan

Nick Jordan is a visual artist based in Manchester, UK. Working predominantly with short film, the artist’s practice also includes drawing, painting, objects, publications and collaboration. He will show his film Thought Broadcasting (watch trailer here) in our Installations programme .

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea is to find happiness in imperfections, as that’s how things seem to be.

2. What lies at the heart of your own desire to make films?
To make moving pictures that move people in some shape, manner or form.

3. What are the first things you do in developing a film idea in response to a subject?
Read a good book not directly related to the subject. Most recently it was Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter.

4. What’s your favourite film and why?
At this present moment it would be Endless Poetry by Jodorowsky (2017). Poetry without end.

5. Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks!
I wish I was a mole in the ground, as performed by Bascom Lamar Lunsford– ‘the Minstrel of the Appalachians’.

6. From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
This is a haiku by Michael McClure:

brown eyes
the dog has
on the deer’s

7. If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?
Ideally Christina Hendricks. Maybe a mole in the ground. But probably a cross-headed wing-nut.

8. What is your greatest extravagance?
Answering these questions when I should be stirring the gravy and mashing the spuds.

9. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Encountering the unexpected. Finding the unfamiliar. Observing the absurd.

10. What is your final word?