Image: Fiona Glen

Ground Up


18-minute audio work commissioned by BBC New Creatives x ICA In Production, December 2019. Ground Up takes us into the wake of October’s Extinction Rebellion protests, where five objects scattered on London’s streets go unnoticed – but notice more than you might imagine. The piece will be available through BBC channels in 2020. Available to hear at the ICA’s Current Transmissions showcase, 20-23 February 2020.


On the backs of the bronze lions, a child is sitting.
I see the bottom of his boots, with pale patches where I am ground up into his step.
His chin is round and so are his eyes, looking out over the crowds, the tents, the city.
I see a trace of my body, etched into his fingerprints.
And now, absentmindedly scuffed over his cheek. 
We both continue...


Credits: 

Written & Directed by Fiona Glen
Produced by Nikta Mohammadi
‘Gum’ – Esme Boggis
‘Teabag’ – Olivia Brady
‘Glue’ – Fiona Glen
‘Moss’ – Greg Esplin
‘Chalk’ – Ellora Torchia
Sound Design & Composition by Babak Mirsalari
Foley Recording by Kaveh Soori 
Script Consultancy by Molly Morphew & James Ireland