born: 30th October 1988, died: TBC
1. children & dogs
are good at telepathy
i want to be a child
& a dog again
not an insensitive adult
adept at touch typing
but unable to speak on my
god given telephone
2. I believe in the potential of culture to be something that we embody, play at and constantly re-imagine, as ancient oral societies did, rather than something that is retained in museums, galleries, theatres and academic institutions. In a post religious society, I believe there is a great opportunity for the re-invention of rituals. Much of my practice is therefore based around re-imagining what rituals, myth and culture could be, and how this might allow us to live with more joy and solidarity as part of this animate world.
George Finlay Ramsay (b. 1988, Dundee, Scotland) is an artist working with poetry, ritual and analogue filmmaking. In 2017 & 2018 he burned hundreds of people's regrets inside volcanoes across Eurasia. His fake epic poem Raven's Reprise (2020) tells of a trickster raven travelling through the pandemic and remaking the world to her better designs. His short film CASTOROCENE (2021) sees beavers re-build the world after humans have destroyed it. His most recent film Family Fugue (2022) is about how we are haunted by, and in turn haunt our ancestors. He is currently making plans to have his body thrown into a volcano after he dies.
His work has been presented at Camden Arts Centre (UK), Baltic Triennial (LT), Fieldnotes Journal (UK), SEA Foundation (NL), British Film Institute (UK), LUX Scotland (SC), Mubi, NTS Radio, Matadero (SP), Alchemy Festival of Film and Moving Image (SC), L’Orto Botanico di Roma (IT), Rupert Residency (LT) & BBC Late Junction Festival (UK).
He has facilitated workshops and offered visiting lectures at Royal College of Art, Trinity Laban, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Goldsmiths, Edgehill University, Chichester University, The Meyerhold Centre and Queen Mary University amongst others.