Directed by Shahrokh Na’el
Uk | 2 MINS | 2015
The ‘Scribble Screens’ series represents Na’el’s efforts to engage with a variety of emotive, thought-provoking and challenging topics using a unique fusion of moving images, cutting edge animation and digital sketches.
Contemplating the ravages of age, his latest work, Obsolescence, examines the perfunctory roll ascribed to the elderly in a culture enthralled by the allure of youth and incessant, rapid change.
Whether propped up in bed or confined to a wheelchair, the subject of this disquieting portrait is forced to accept his position as a passive observer within his own life.
Following the subject as he observes the retiring of an ailing yacht – the confinement and cumbersome transportation of a vessel once able to travel swiftly and freely without restraint – we are forced to appreciate his uncomfortable predicament.
Bleached of colour and seemingly unravelling by the frame, this absorbing short challenges the viewer not only to imagine the circumstances faced by our society’s existing senior citizens; but to consider a likely personal future that each of us would rather not have to confront.
Shahrokh Na’el displayed an affinity for the visual arts from an early age – identifying particularly with the cinematic medium and the iconic repertoire of the Hong Kong studios active throughout his youth. Intrigued by the thematic, stylistic and technical considerations which converge to infuse these productions with meaning – Shahrokh began to explore a variety of artistic avenues in order to better understand the communicative principles which underpin them. Much of his contemporary work continues to bare the influence of these formative experiences – highlighting issues that resonate particularly strongly with audiences living in today’s turbulent, uncertain world.
Shahrokh eventually found his way to the UK in 1985, settling permanently in Manchester in order to further his creative aspirations. Following his relocation to Britain, he subsequently cultivated a successful career for himself as a multifaceted visual artist – obtaining a BA in Visual Arts and Culture from Salford University in 1999, with a specialisation in Moving Images/Video Installation.
Consistently looking to expand upon his existing skill set and to experiment with new outlets for his creative vision, Shahrokh has since developed a diverse portfolio of work spanning an array of print, digital and film media sources. In 2011 he established the Orangeattic.tv website as a platform to showcase his own productions – whilst also acting as a conduit for other like-minded creatives in the hope that they might collaborate on future ventures.
Building upon his previous studies again in 2012, Shahrokh completed a Masters Degree in Filmmaking from Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating with a distinction.