Bertrand Russell Reading Room Jail Door


Alternating between the shadow of a prison cell door closing and scans of the wall of a model prison, Russell Prison sequence presents scrolling quotes from Bertrand Russell concerning the misuse of power. The video was created for The Bertrand Russell Reading Room, a 2018 installation at McMaster University, Ontario, which addressed the life and work of Bertrand Russell, a British intellectual and aristocrat who was one of the first people to contest conscription during the First World War. The installation included a recreation of Russell's prison cell.

This work is discussed in an interview with Mark Williams, 2020. 

Installation Shot: Bruce Barber, The Bertrand Russell Reading Room (2018) McMaster University, Ontario, Canada