Florence Kennard’s film-making aims to challenge the way collections are currently viewed and consumed, i.e. in a museum, gallery or personal home setting, and to explore the ways in which moving image can be used to create a new dimension for the collection. Her practice addresses the psychology of the human–object relationship, which further informs her exploration of different cinematic approaches used as devices to "unlock" the objects, and reveal their world.
Her work has screened internationally at film festivals, including two nominations for "Best Documentary" at the London Short Film Festival. She's a member of BAFTA Crew 2016-2017 in the Editing specialism, and lives and works between London and The New Forest.
At Mottisfont she has been filming with a particular focus on the rose season. She's been gathering conversations to create a tapestry of different experiences of these flowers. She has been working with members of the public, gardeners and volunteers. Florence also worked with the charity Open Sight to facilitate contributions from visually impaired contributors in order to try and understand more about the way people experience smell and the evocation of memory.
Florence is currently editing her Mottisfont Observatory documentary ‘mono no aware’, which will be premiered towards the end of 2016."
(‘Mono no aware’ can be translated as ‘the pathos of things’, or ‘a sensitivity to ephemera’, it is an awareness of impermanence or transience.)