The Lost Girl
Exhibited in King's Bush House Arcade from 13 January – 28 February 2020, The Lost Girl was an immersive film-based installation by Kate McMillan centred around the fictional character of a cave-dwelling girl on the coast of England.
'The Lost Girl' by Kate McMillan. Photo credit: Jo Mieszkowski
Using DH Lawrence's book of the same name as a starting point, the film narrates the experiences of a young woman seemingly alone in a dystopian future, with only the debris washed up from the ocean to form meaning and language.
It is set within a future-time which suggests the decimation of civilisation as we now know it, bereft of other people. The character is without language and prior knowledge and must make sense of her existence only through detritus. The film combines various research interests including climate change and the Anthropocene; the role of creativity in forming memory and the consequences of neglecting female histories.
The project included a programme of events and commissioned new writing & music exploring the Anthropocene, women’s histories and memory-making.
Download the gallery guide here, read about how visitors reacted to the exhibition in this news story, and watch a video by Kate McMillan of the installation below:
The Lost Girl was an exhibition by Kate McMillan presented by the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London with funding from the Australia Council for the Arts; Arts Council England and the Arts & Humanities Research Institute at King’s. The exhibition and events programme was supported by the university’s Culture team.
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