Cambium is an experimental short film concerned with the contrasting, yet aesthetically complementary, textures visible between humans and trees. The worn ridges and marks in the bark and branches of the tree which stands at the focal point of the film are aligned against the smooth, yet equally imperfectly, patterned hair and skin of the human form (performed by actress Romane Bökkerink). The two shapes dance together against a soundscape of creaking and crepitating wood, recorded from within the depths of the trunk. The film seeks to provide a tactile meditation on the textural differences of these two forms.

 

Fabian is a PhD candidate at the Culture, Media, and Creative Industries department at King’s College, London. He is interested in how people relate to their lived environments and comes from a background in anthropology, having recently completed his MSc thesis in Digital Anthropology at University College London (UCL). Fascinated by the possibility of film to express ideas without textual description, his video essays and visual poems have been featured by Film School Rejects, The Playlist and Other. Magazine, among others.