Paradise Lost? was produced especially for Doug Aitken’s ‘Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening’ at the Barbican in July 2015. This ‘living exhibition’ brought together a fusion of leading international and UK-based artists from the world of contemporary art, music, dance, graphic design and film.

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard’s piece was shot within the confines of the Barbican and made from start to finish during the 30 days. They were inspired by John Milton’s Paradise Lost, after discovering that Milton is buried within the Barbican grounds. The piece uses the architecture and atmosphere of the Barbican to update the story, which is told in three parts.

On Sunday 26th July 2015 Paradise Lost? was screened for the first time, in the Barbican Art Gallery as the final Station to Station event. The screening was followed by a conversation between Doug Aitken and Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard.

Paradise Lost? will be broadcast later in the year by Channel 4 as part of Random Acts. 

Paradise Lost? sound recording will be available as a limited edition vinyl record, produced in partnership with The Vinyl Factory.

Written by Kirk Lake

Original music by Warren Ellis

Eve: Florence Pugh

Adam: Toby Sebastian

with Sean Harris as Satan

and Henry Rollins as the voice of God

Produced by Vanessa Farinha (The Nothing)
Director of Photography: Chloë Thomson

Conformed and graded at Dirty Looks. Gear supplied by Shift 4
Supported by Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network, Arts Council England, Barbican and Kate MacGarry


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