Dryden GoodwinPoised ››

In a series of interlocking episodes, Dryden Goodwin’s 28-minute film explores the physical and emotional dynamics of a group of young female divers. Portraying the girls on their own, interacting with each other, and under the rapt, imploring gaze of their coaches, Goodwin’s camera combines extreme close-up with oblique detail to illuminate their intensity of focus and their idealisation of grace and ‘flow’. Looking beyond the arc of the dive itself to consider its metaphorical, even metaphysical resonance as a rite of passage between different states, Goodwin’s taut, pinpoint imagery and vibrant, serpentine soundtrack lend the divers’ devotion and zen-like composure an ethereal, otherworldly quality that makes each sudden plummet into darkness even more poetic and poignant. In this, the title, Poised, has multiple meanings – evoking the space between practicing and perfecting a new dive, between stillness and movement, absorption and play; between being utterly ‘in the moment’ and on the brink of irreversible change. Thanks to Crystal Palace Diving Club.

Dryden Goodwin

Dryden Goodwin's work includes drawing, often in combination with photography, video, printmaking, websites, screen-based installations and soundtracks. Recent solo projects include Linear for Art on the Underground, 2010-2012, a commission for the Who am I? Gallery at the Science Museum, London, 2010 also solo exhibitions at Raum mit Licht, Vienna, 2011; the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2009 and the Photographers Gallery, London, 2008. Recent group exhibitions include, Grand National, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway, 2010; Who Gets to Run the WorldBritish Contemporary Art, shown at Total Museum, Seoul, South Korea and Hanjiyun Contemporary Space, Beijing, China, 2009; He has also exhibited at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the Venice Biennale. Works in public collections include, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Tate Collection and The National Portrait Gallery, London. 

Elsa Bradley

Elsa is an Independent Dance Scientist and Educator based in Ipswich.

The main focus of her research is positive psychology in dance training and performance, exploring the relationship of flow theory to teaching, learning and physical expertise. Elsa's work with Dryden and the Crystal Palace Dive Team examines the relationship between elite performance and being 'in the zone'.