Project Description

Helen Singh-Miller

Film Still from Grand Union, 2018 (Patricia Nooy, Kate Miller, Helen Miller)

FSC-Harvard Fellow 2016-17

Helen Singh-Miller is an artist and Feldenkrais practitioner living and working in Cambridge, MA. Drawing on somatic education and contemporary dance, her still and moving-image work explores the relationship between visual representation and embodied experience. Singh-Miller’s films have recently screened at Dance Films Association in New York (2017) and the New England Graduate Media Symposium in Boston (2016) and in 2016-17 she was awarded a Harvard Film Study Center Fellowship. Assistant Editor of The Feldenkrais Journal, Singh-Miller writes regularly on the aesthetic dimensions of everyday activity and contributes material inspired by somatics to workshops and performances by the collective ARE (Aesthetic Relational Exercises) and The Order of the Third Bird. Singh-Miller teaches TIME in Studio Foundation at MassArt and runs the Storefront for Somatic Practice in Cambridge, MA.

Singh-Miller received a BA in Art and English from UC Berkeley and master’s degrees in Art from Harvard where she worked as Departmental Teaching Fellow in Visual and Environmental Studies (Art Practice). She has written for The Drawing Center, The Orion Society, Mozarteum Salzburg, Trade School, ESTAR(SER), Comet Books and Feldenkrais Zeit.

FSC Fellowship Film:

And After These Things was awarded a Harvard Film Study Center Fellowship in 2016-17.

The responsibility of domestic work is often shared across community and class, one form of domesticity intimately tied to the next, one care-taking arrangement nesting in another. As a mother steps away, another mother steps in. One parent goes abroad to work, another stays home. Some men cook. The woman that cares for someone else’s children as if they were her own cares differently for her own children, and her own children’s children. Grown children sometimes care for their caretakers in turn. How do we come to fill our role or roles in this extended family of care-taking and giving? What is the significance of our opportunities, options, and decisions in this regard? As the filmmaker visits members of her own extended family, And After These Things explores this two-fold question of how one has been cared for and how one comes to care.