Introduction to the artists exhibiting in Primordial as part of Fringe Arts Bath

Over the coming weeks I will present a series of introductions to the artists taking part in this  unique exhibition.  Beginning with…..

 Kayla Parker/Stuart Moore – On Location/Reach

 

ON LOCATION

A film by Kayla Parker

2017 / single channel HD film / 12 minutes 30 seconds

A hybrid form of landscape cinema, which observes a year’s cycle of seasonal changes, centred on an unnamed hollow way that forms the stream bed for several springs in a remote area of rural mid-Devon. The film captures meteorological phenomena and the natural world in the sunken lane over a twelve-month period, using experimental filming techniques and field recordings made at the site that capture the sonic architecture of the space.

To create the film, Kayla Parker collaborated with Stuart Moore, making regular field trips to the location throughout 2016. The repeated visits allowed them to respond intuitively with camera and sound recording equipment during a varied range of weather conditions through winter, spring, summer, and autumn.

On Location is the initial phase of a practice-based research project that responds to Annabel Nicolson’s artist’s book, Escaping Notice (1977). Nicolson was an important member of the 1970s British film avant-garde, and the unnamed hollow way leads to the isolated farmhouse featured in her book.

REACH

A film by Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore

2014 / single channel 16mm film / 3 minutes 26 seconds

The people who live along the Tamar form a close relationship with the river; each affected by the other. Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore used this idea of symbiosis to create Reach. By laying raw film in the silt of the river, they have created a work which has been shaped by the river: its organic emulsion changed by the tides’ ebb and flow, by physical abrasion and the organisms living in the alluvial mud.

The imagery is created by burying 16mm filmstrips in the mud of the banks of the Tamar, allowing the river to ‘make the film’ through the movements of its tidal waters and the action of biota. The soundtrack developed from recordings taken from both above and below the surface of the river.

Commissioned by the River Tamar Project for It’s All About the River.

STUART MOORE

A film-maker and sound artist who uses digital and film-based technologies to create single and multiple screen works exploring our relationship to place and landscape and the environmental tensions of urban regeneration and expansion, with screenings across public, gallery and online spaces. Stuart is an AHRC-funded 3D3 doctoral researcher at University of the West of England, Bristol. His practice-based research aims to gain an understanding through practice of the ways in which specificities of materiality and presentation contexts produce an embodied and/or immersive experience for the audience through manifesting memory in the present.

KAYLA PARKER

Artist film-maker with over twenty years’ experience as a director-producer, creating innovative, experimental moving image works for cinema, gallery and broadcast television, and a range of commissions. The recipient of many awards, her work is shown worldwide across public, gallery and online spaces. Her research interests centre around subjectivity and place, embodiment and technological mediation, from feminist perspectives, with an interest in the interface between still and moving image, and new materialism. In her practice, she works with film-based and digital technologies to explore the interrelationship between the body and forgotten, liminal spaces.

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The Full Programme

melt my heart 1It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the exhibition and related events for Primordial – part of Fringe Arts Bath. 26 May – 11th June (weekends only)

Primordial – This exhibition brings together eleven artists whose work considers how humans and other species relate to water, often from an ecological and geopolitical perspective. All the work is presented digitally, with one-off performances stirring up the programme.

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Annette Arlander presents a video work entitled Tide in Kan-Tiang, Amy Sharrocks is screening Swim, All Day Breakfast present a poetic soundpiece called Changing Rooms, Clare Bryden brings Green|Blue to the screen, Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore are screening Reach and On Location, Antony Lyons presents Et in Arcadia, Jenny Wylie presents soundworks linking Bath to Baden Baden, Sarah Kelly presents a video work entitled I Write at Inappropriate Times, Sally Dean presents performance piece called In Search of Water, Melt my Heart, Numb my Hands is a performance piece by Devon Forrester Jones, and Laura Denning presents the installation Soup.

Events:

28th May 2pm –  Et In Arcadia – with Antony Lyons and friends
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29th May 2pm – Sound and Sensory walk/guided tour  – with Laura Denning
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3rd June 1pm – Amongst Species – with Laura Denning
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4th June 1pm – Animal, Mineral, Digital – with Laura Denning
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11th June 11am – Cleaning(Meltwater) with Devon Forrester Jones
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11th June 1pm – Finale event with All Day Breakfast

I would like to thank Bath Spa University Environmental Humanities Research Centre, and Bath Spa University Public Engagement Fund for their kind assistance. Recipient of the Bath Spa University Research Centre for Environmental Humanities inaugural PhD Studentship – practice-led

Primordial at Fringe Arts Bath

Cleveland Pools, Bath 27-29 May, 3/4 June, 10/11 June

This exhibition brings together eleven artists whose work considers how humans and other species relate to water, often from an ecological and geopolitical perspective. All the work is presented digitally, with one-off performances stirring up the programme.

Annette Arlander presents a video work entitled Tide in Kan-Tiang, Amy Sharrocks is screening Swim, All Day Breakfast present a poetic soundpiece called Changing Rooms, Clare Bryden brings Green|Blue to the screen, Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore are screening Reach and On Location, Antony Lyons presents Et in Arcadia, Jenny Wylie presents soundworks linking Bath to Baden Baden, Sarah Kelly presents a video work entitled I Write at Inappropriate Times, Sally E Dean presents performance piece called In Search of Water. Melt my Heart, Numb my Hands is a performance piece by Devon Forrester Jones, and Laura Denning presents the installation Soup.

(image: Sally E Dean – In Search of Water)

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Getting Around

It’s all go go go! It was very exciting last weekend to have my work on the big screen for the first time. The Future Imperfect Symposium at the University of Plymouth was brilliantly organised and so rich and diverse. A bursting programme, and a great mix of participants.

This weekend my latest short film ‘Liquid Mimesis‘ will be screened in Boston, USA, as part of the AAG AGM, before being screened at Digital Ecologies and the Anthropocene at Bath Spa University at the end of the month. Inbetween time I get to slip off to Udine in Italy to deliver a paper at ‘Living Together on this Earth‘ – a conference about eco-sustainable narratives and environmental concerns.

After my first ever visit to the Venice Biennale in early May it will be my great pleasure to support pupils and teachers from Ysgol Glan Y Mor School in Burry Port in their final presentation as part of the Lead Creative Schools scheme (an Arts Council Wales national arts/education initiative).

A week later, Fringe Arts Bath opens, and the final selection for the show I’ve curated – Primordial Soup – will be announced any day now. At roughly the same time I shall be showing work and offering a participatory event at In Other Tongues at Schumacher College, before popping up to Leeds to take part in ‘Mediating Climate Change’ .

Shortly after that I present a paper at Sound and Environment at the University of Hull, and will hopefully meet the always amazing Leah Barclay. And as summer rolls on I take part in the Environmental Humanities Summer School at Bath Spa University, I screen work in the Immersive Theatre at the University of Plymouth as part of this years’ Balance Unbalance conference, and and and. Its all go go go!

 

 

 

 

Surge

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As the residency at Burry Port draws to a close and the Art Machina workshops at St. Peters in Exeter (for Daisi) near completion, April looks set to be free to hone the 3 bodies of work I am currently developing. The first is a short film called Liquid Mimesis and is nearly completed. The second is all about DNA and fluid relationships with aquatic species -Soup – and I am deep in the development of this. Finally, my response to the tidal culture of Burry Port, currently a collection of raw edits and rough ideas, will be worked up.

Soup is the starting point for a group exhibition curated by me for Fringe Arts Bath 17, to be hosted at Cleveland Pools again, showcasing film and sound works which respond to the aquatic theme. The submissions are rolling in, some great work is being proposed, and I can’t wait to reveal the line up later next month.

Meanwhile I am excited to be screening work at Imperfect Cinema in Plymouth University, Digital Ecologies and the Anthropocene at Bath Spa University, and Mediating Climate Change at the University of Leeds.

Oh! And I am thrilled to get a mention in Breathing Art from last years’ inclusion in the Geumgang Nature Art Biennale.

 

 

Immersion

 

It is mid-January already and iron-cold outside, but the rich and varied projects that I’m currently immersed in are warming up my world. In a couple of days I fly out to Varmdo – an island north of Stockholm – for a residential workshop on writing the undisciplined discipline. This international gathering is organised by KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at Linkoping University (one to keep your eye on).
I return just in time to deliver the second of six two-day workshops as part of the Arts Council Wales Creative Schools Residency Programme. Working with the community of Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, I also get time to develop new work focusing on tidal cultures along this 12 mile strip of exquisite shoreline. Meanwhile, experiments in sound with young people across Devon as part of Daisi’s Art Machina continue apace.
With less than a month to go till Liquid opens at Arts Quarter Budapest, the  behind-the-scenes work of curating and presenting these 8 artists in the capitol of Hungary is keeping me busy. Meanwhile, as a selected curator for Fringe Arts Bath 2017, I am looking forward to submissions for Primordial Soup, an exhibition that will bring together artists whose work considers how humans and other species relate to water.
Two distinct bodies of work are under development at the moment, worked across different sites and in specific ways. The first  – Liquid Mimesis – is a 10 minute  split screen short film with accompanying bilingual spoken word soundtrack which presents an exchange between the mainland, an island, and the ocean. The second involves using environmental DNA (eDNA) as a starting point for work which foregrounds site, data and sensation in its analysis and treatment of how more-than-human species relate to water.
These both feed directly into my ongoing work as a Research Student in Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University. Having been an observer on the EH MA I am inspired (and a little daunted) by the rich body of critique and analysis that exists in this field. I am also deeply inspired (and not just a little daunted!) by the team of supervisors guiding me through this process. My Director of Studies Professor Owain Jones has a  long and respected publications history and has successfully headed up the AHRC project Hydrocitizens, amongst many other things. The hugely respected international artist Professor Mariele Neudecker  is my second supervisor.
Meanwhile, it is with great pleasure that I learn that my submission to In Other Tongues has been accepted. I continue to work with Richard Povall on the bi-monthly broadcast of artdotearth.fm – fusing arts and ecologies across the airwaves,  as well as presenting my own show dedicated to explorations in sound – Sonic Drawings – on Soundart Radio.

2017 has just begun…..

Pausing

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Icy mornings herald a period of reflection which is very welcome after an incredibly busy year so far. There are adventures accumulating for 2017 already but for the time being a pause within which to immerse myself in my PhD at Bath Spa University is punctuated only by involvement in Art Machina. As one of 5 selected artists I am excited to be involved in a project that  will develop young people’s digital arts practice using innovative digital media, enabling young people across Devon and Torbay to use contemporary digital creative techniques within their visual arts making.

Liquid (shown at Fringe Arts Bath in May/June 2016) becomes Folyékony and plans are underway for its iteration at Arts Quarter Budapest in the very early part of 2017. And in April I present a paper at The American Association of Geographers annual meeting in Boston, before getting ready to take part in Fringe Arts Bath 2017.

But in the meantime comes a welcome pause….

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Exhibition space at Arts Quarter Budapest

Notes towards a short play for 3 voices.

Island.Our Watery bodies serve as material media. Uisge dèanamh cinnteach gu bheil ar bith againn an-còmhnaidh a ‘fàs. Water ensures that our being is always a becoming. Tha sinn an taobh a-staigh, tha thu a ‘eile’. (We are the interior, you are the ‘other’). We combine and cooperate as a strategy for thriving.We have repurposed your mimetically capacious machine. Tha sinn ga chur anns an talamh.. We have put it in the ground. It has sprouted a community wind turbine.We are off your grid. We sail as if on invisible isthmuses between friends’ houses and the Ferry Port, sharing the bounty you bring. You stare, confess and are reborn, all within a week. Bha thu a ‘coimhead,’ g aideachadh agus tha reborn, a h-uile taobh a-staigh seachdain. I’m alright, you’re alright. It’s all fine. You don’t understand how easy your life is. Compared to mine. You are economically myopic, rurally-challenged, dis-embodied from community, but you’re alright. Your attention span is limited and you struggle to trust yourself. Do aire span cuibhrichte agus tha thu a ‘strì gus earbsa fhèin. Our (living, breathing) Hive Mind requires that you overcome these shortcomings.Listen to some Reidio Saor Innse Gall, it will lighten your spirits.

OceanWe are all bodies of Water, in the constitutional, the genealogical and the geographical sense. Ecriture lavasse, a liquid mimesis. I would corrupt your mimetically capacious machines with low salt and dark sand and deep time. I would keep it in the ground. I could kill you. You kill me. So I’m going to swallow you up. Time and tide remain impatient. Look to my bed where the bones of your histories are colonised by my chromosomes. Our simultaneities. Your Story So Far. Hebrides: 8, veering, becoming moderate. High, very high, imminent, soon, later.

MainlandNeither essentialist, nor purely discursive, this watery feminism is critically materialist. With my mimetically capacious machines. I imagine myself as your dystopia. I project onto you my guilt and trauma, as though you are open access, like the cloud but Luddite in outlook. You become the ground for my ‘other’ stories. How do Become like you? How do I become non-modern, like you? Mar-aon sgeulachdan ruige seo, but not the same stories, and just a little bit out of step. Your reception comes and goes. I imagine your deep interior and bear witness to my own embodied otherness. I snatch lexicons from endangered species and litter them between made up words and a little bit of name-dropping. I catch the World at One but you embody the World at One With Itself.

(These notes constitute work in progress for a possible chapter in the forthcoming book Visual Culture and The Northern  British Archipelago. They are inspired by my recent (and many previous) visits to the Outer Hebrides.  Sentences in italic are from the essay Hydrofeminism by Astrida Neimanis. A short film is under construction and the stills shown here were taken on my most recent trip to Barra.