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Filmed from the quiet edges of a city centre car park The Fairs presents a dual-screen work of two fairground rides appearing and then disappearing behind old industrial buildings and the John Lewis department store. The film evokes questions of escape, control, voyeurism, immersion and complicity.

The Fairs; 2016

The Fairs (Dual Screen) from Rose Butler on Vimeo.

“Fairs as we know them today emerged from the need to have an organised system for the trading and bartering of surplus material, a defining pattern of modern civilization. With these trading fairs came a cross-fertilising of different cultures, and an imperative for joy and festivity. The pleasure fair became integral to the trading fair, a time of both importance and social release.
As trading in the market and festival driven fashion declined, with the advent of department stores, the associated joy and festivity, the sense of detachment and dreaming of the pleasure fair survived as a social need. Showmen had adapted to the situation and in many ways shaped their own destiny by cleverly creating a blueprint for thrills and the transformation of time and space.” - The Fairground Archive - The University of Sheffield

Single Screen Versions:

The Fair; 2013
2m 47s

The Fair from Rose Butler on Vimeo.

Star Flyer; 2016
2m 48s

The Fair 2 ( Star Flyer) from Rose Butler on Vimeo.