A kid sets off on a skateboard in the early morning from an anonymous American suburban home. He rolls through the beautiful scorched wastelands, leafy estates and snowy ranges, crossing endless States in his one eight-minute day. You can feel the weather and practically smell an acrid burning tyre as he passes through this heartland on his journey. This absorbing wordless road movie which serves as the video for Jon Hopkins’ ‘Open Eye Signal’ was shot by Omagh-born, London-based Aoife McArdle.
McArdle is already contributing so much to the way we have been enjoying music. Aside from the work with Hopkins, a triptych of short films for James Vincent McMorrow’s Post Tropical album is getting incrementally released, with one yet to come. The two artists she would ideally love to work with are poles apart (and will be revealed in our Faces e-publication coming soon) and she’s also diving head first into writing and directing her first feature film. 2014 will be a year of sweat and long days for her so keep watching the screens, and in due course, the awards shows.
Aoife McArdle photographed in London for State’s Faces of 2014 by Phil Fisk.