ORGAN THING: The full version of Cole Morris’ film Institution is our thing of choice today…

This rather fine piece of art passed our way yesterday, we thought we might nudge it in your direction as today’s Organ Thing of the Day, here’s what Aziza and Fingus had to say about the rather impressive film that is Institution…

“It’s finally here! Out now! The full version of Cole Morris’ film “Aziza and Fingus – Institution”, can now be viewed. This quite extraordinary piece of art took 6 months to create with hundreds of cardboard shadow puppets and pieces of scenery created. A scathing portrayal of contemporary social injustice told with monsters, demons and mythical characters. Enjoy!”


“The film is an exhilarating cinematic blend of shadow puppetry and animation, visually inspired by Manual Cinema’s puppetry sequences from Nia Dacosta’s brilliant film ‘Candyman’ (2021). In a response to last year’s notorious announcement by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities that the UK was not institutionally racist, this stunningly realised film uses the original track as its inspiration to portray a world filled with demons, monsters and politicians, telling a story of corruption, racial/social injustice, cultural appropriation, riot and revolution.

Institution received its premiere at Sensoria Film and Music festival on October 6th, with Aziza+Finguz performing a live soundtrack accompianment. Director Cole Morris, 21, spent 5 months creating and filming over 100 pieces of intricately cut cardboard to create all the puppets, scenery and effects. “I thought about using digital animation but the physical, analogue movement of the cardboard was so much more interesting, almost magical. I have been able to create impossible scenes and show far more challenging images than I would have been able to using live actors.” The film fiercely represents recent British political stories, including the Black Lives Matter protests, the pulling down of colonial statues, and of course ‘Partygate’. Aziza + Finguz add, “The Institutions of the UK now only seem to exist to serve themselves. They need to listen, or there is trouble ahead. This film shows our frustrations, and we hope it inspires others to think, act and create to inspire real change.”

The track itself features another phenomenal vocal performance from Aziza Jaye (K.O.G. / Nubiyan Twist) a huge bass line and instrumentation from producer Chris Finguz, mass village chanting and a breakneck live drum performance from drummer Rich Westley. The song has quickly become the encore song of their already frenetic live sets from We Out Here festival to Tramlines.

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