P. 45: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis
Collage 8mm film / sound/ intertitles/ colour/ 2014/ 3.01 mins

P. 45 refers to the number of letters in what is thought to be the longest word in the english language. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is... "an artificial long word said to mean a lung disease caused by inhaling very fine ash and sand dust."
With industrialization, as opposed to hand tools, came increased production of dust which caused a marked increase in the disease. The short experimental film uses archival footage from a 1950s British Council promotional black and white documentary, original 8mm film footage and found and recorded sound tracks that include a reading from DH Lawrence's novel 'Sons and Lovers' - set in a British coal-mining community at the beginning of the 1900s. The piece is an experimental collage that weaves together image and sound to examine the many ways we narrate the the past to construct our identities, by revisiting a period of industrialisation in Britain and the consequential social, cultural and medical effects that evolved.