Drum Room


Miranda Pennell


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The empty spaces of an ambiguous building open up to reveal a group of aspiring musicians as they play together, alone. Filmed within a music school, Drum Room focuses on the contradictory aspects of a regimented training environment which promotes an art form (rock music), whose ethos is most often identified with individualism and rebellion.

The video frames the inner-world of the performers and their embodied experience, against a contrasting outer-reality. Filmmaker and artist Pennell's remarkable short has played at numerous art film festivals, galleries and fairs including London's Tate Britain.