Trilogy Of Painful Changes, at the Video Bar, Anglia Ruskin University, 15th Oct - 1st Nov 2015

The Trilogy of Painful Changes tells the story of three different experiences of difficult or hard to accept transformations and paradigm shifts.
The different perspectives are told as digital fables, using abstract characters in a familiar storytelling format. The text based video animations use glitch aesthetics and speed reading technology to set the characters on a collision course at a rate of up to 300 words per minute.  

The End of Ebb and Flow describes the double act of opposing forces and characters, bound to each other by mutual dependency and disdain, to illustrate the invisible linkages that may exist at the heart of our physical and virtual communities, and the lack of control over the outcomes our actions may have.

Modernity on the Outhouse is based on Aesop’s fable the Kid and the Outhouse, rewritten to contrast the concepts of Modernity and Tradition in a fictional encounter, to satirise their relationship. The story is framed by “glitch video”-fragments, footage created through the corruption of digital files.

The Disjointed Changelog is the centre piece of the trilogy. It distorts the classical fable storyline, referencing coding languages and concepts of innovation in computing history to tell a story of two friends struggling with change. 

The video has been developed in response to the Cambridge Centre for Computing History's collection.

The Trilogy of Painful Changes is part of Art Language Location's Supertext Programme and can be seen in the Video Bar at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).


Opening dates: 15 October – 1 November 2015

Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 17.00

Further info:


Video Bar

Anglia Ruskin University Campus

East Road




Enter ARU via East Road. Pick up a guide at reception and follow the signs to find the artworks.

The video bar is located on the lower ground floor beneath the Ruskin Gallery at Anglia Ruskin University. It’s best accessed by following the signs for the Ruskin Gallery, then downstairs to the Video Bar.