STICK IN THE WHEEL ‘ROBOT’
The track Robot was inspired by Tom Cox’s short story of the same name, taken from his bestselling book Help The Witch. For this new recorded version, Stick In The Wheel asked us to make a video based on the narrative within the story. The central character, the Robot, is constructed from LIDAR-scanning objects and tools on the beach in Hastings Old Town, that belong to the ancient beach-launching fleet of fishermen. The Hastings fishermen are totally unique – a piece of living history dating back to the 11th century, and many of the fishermen still working the local waters can trace their family trees back to its inception. Notably Europe’s largest beach-launched fleet, it’s the strongest fishing hub in the South East. Yet cultural significance does not guarantee commercial success – this once vital trade has found itself beset by mounting political, financial and social pressures, making business far from straightforward.