Emotional Need explores the life and work of anarchist cartoonist Donald Rooum, who has been involved in political organising, publishing and comic illustration since the late-1940s. Donald’s commitment to anarchist politics and humorous drawings are the catalyst for a new film, rhythmically combining a series of informal interviews with Donald with performed extracts of his writing, animated cartoons and staged performances.
The film is exhibited alongside a new soft-sculpture by Adam and a selection of Donald’s original drawings and ephemera related to his Wildcat Comics series. This long-running political satire, features a small cast of characters centred around the short-tempered anarchist Wildcat and an intellectual bird called Free-range Egg Head, who take on familiar targets such as bosses, government officials and the monarchy.
Satellites Programme is Collective’s development programme for emergent artists and producers based in Scotland.