“Shard Species” tells the story of a man who was born from the Shard - skyscraper in London, also known as the Shard of Glass - on the day of the inauguration of the Shard during the laser light show. The man was born without any skin.

The film depicts his journey as he tries to live a “normal” life in London; for example accessing work, buying a house, or getting around London. By the end of the film, the character ends up in Tokyo where he gets a job on a club door, job that he managed to get because he looks like an anime. But that doesn’t last long as he dies of a nut allergy.

The point of the film was to question what it meant to be a human being in the 21st century and addresses current issues that are happening in London, such as the housing and job crisis. The general weirdness and bizarreness of the film highlight the human basic needs that are still not met in the first world, even though empty flats and pop up businesses are at an all time high.

I decided to show the film on Facebook as opposed to a gallery space because I wanted to reach a wider audience worldwide, especially young people struggling with these basic issues.

The film was shown on You Tube via a Facebook event from the 30th March – 3rd April 2016 and reached 240 views at the time. Since then, more than 600 viewers saw the film. The film is still available on line. Please see link:

(note: the film subtitles are purposely misspelt to reinforce the character’s incompatibility to the world.)

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