We are delighted to present a film screening of 'A Different Kind of Different' followed by a conversation with the artist, Jordan Baseman.
A Different Kind of Different is an animated short film by Jordan Baseman, which charts the psychological impact of breast cancer.
Reflecting on the initial ordeal of loss, the film reveals a journey to acceptance via the liberation of mastectomy tattoos.
The film screening will be followed by a conversation with Jordan Baseman.
A Different Kind of Different contains adult themes about cancer, strong language and is not suitable for children.
Featuring a cast of hand-drawn characters, A Different Kind of Different’s narrative follows protagonist, Alicia (voiced by an actor). Her story is based on interviews with people who have chosen to wear mastectomy tattoos, and on conversations with scientists and academics. With both candour and humour, Alicia reflects on life after breast cancer; from the hatred she feels towards her body, to her declaration that her post-chemo hair means she resembles Justin Timberlake (“are you fucking kidding me?”). She recounts the jolt of medical menopause, her rejection of breast reconstruction, followed by her encounter with mastectomy tattoos, and finally the realisation of her own joyful inking.
A Different Kind of Different is written by artist Jordan Baseman with writer Sally O’Reilly. Dr Becky Coles-Gale, a Clinical Health Psychologist who works across Major Trauma and Critical Care Services for the NHS in East Sussex, played a significant role in the development of the script. Other contributors include tattooist Mary Jane Haake; Professor Margot Mifflin, City University of New York; Dr John Troyer, University of Bath; and Dr Gemma Angel, University of Leicester.
The film was co-produced by Matt’s Gallery, London and Nerve Centre, Derry with executive production by Jacqui Davies. The original score is by award-winning sound artist and composer, DIE HEXEN.
The screening and conversation is part of a series of activities the MAC is delivering during this, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Image credit: Jordan Baseman, A Different Kind of Different, 2020. Still from digital video, Duration: 13:24. Courtesy of the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London.
About the artist
Jordan is a visual artist, filmmaker and Reader in Time-based Media at the Royal College of Art. Jordan received a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and an MA from Goldsmith's College, University of London.
Jordan’s films have featured in international exhibitions and film festivals including: 53rd Venice Biennale, Los Angeles Animation Festival (where he won Best Film in the Experimental Film category), San Francisco Short Film Festival, Melbourne Underground Film Festival (where he won Best International Short Film), Oaxaca International Film Festival, Lone Star International Film Festival (where he won Best Short Film), Fargo International Film Festival (where he won Best Experimental Film) Kansas City International Film Festival (where he won Best Experimental Short Film) and London Short Film Festival.
Jordan Baseman is represented by Matt’s Gallery London.
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A Different Kind of Different is funded by a Public Engagement Award from Wellcome, with additional support from Matt’s Gallery, the Royal College of Art, London, and Nerve Centre. Matt’s Gallery is supported by Arts Council England.
Research Participants: Alicia Duncan, Inga Duncan Thornell, Char Breshgold, Kathleen Shelton, Daisy Schmidt, Susan Wilde, Carrie Lamb, Linda Gomez, Mary-Jane Haake, Vyvyn LaZonga, Stephanie Tamez, Professor Margot Mifflin, Dr. Gemma Angel, Dr. John Troyer, Dr. Becky Coles-Gale
Public Engagement Consultant: Natalie Craven
Project Assistant: Alice Cocks