In 1997 film-maker Katrina McPherson tried to get a film commissioned about the largely overlooked work and life of dancer and choreographer Margaret Morris. That film was never made. Nearly twenty years later, Katrina was commissioned to respond to the Margaret Morris archive and invited dance film-makers Natalia Barua, Owa Barua, and Simon Ellis to join her.

we record ourselves was originally made as a standalone film and as a 22-screen installation. In 2017, a new version of the film was made for the Bath Spa University Mediawall, an architectural scale portrait format 30 screen gallery, rising 7.5 meters from floor level.

Commissioned by Horsecross Arts for Threshold artspace, and acquired for the Horsecross Arts collection of contemporary art.

Supported by C-DaRE (Centre for Dance Research), Coventry University and Creative Scotland.

Natalia Barua, Owa Barua, Simon Ellis & Katrina McPherson
Dubbing Mixer: John Cobban

Screenings & Awards

Bath Spa University Mediawall Competition winner, screened at the Journal of Media Practice and MeCCSA Practice Network Annual Symposium 2017.
Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow, 2016 (single screen).
Premièred as part of Movement exhibition, 15 Oct 2016 – 15 Jan 2017 at Threshold artspace, Perth Concert Hall, Scotland (single screen and 22-screen installation).


we record ourselves - 22 screen installation we record ourselves - 22 screen installation
we record ourselves - 22 screen installation