Spirit Lake/Kirk Wall (2018)
installation view, OSR Projects at SLUICE: Exchange Berlin
[click image to play] two videos, looped (with ladder, headphones and shadow)
“Elaine Fisher explores archetypal questions about femininity, soul and nature in her installation, ‘Spirit Lake’. Reduced video works of a falling leaf and a crow in flight presented on two monitors on an upper and a lower level, a conscious and a subconscious level, draw the viewer into the dream”
“The atmosphere of the sinister ice lake is impressively evoked by the artist’s reduced, dominating white……a deliberately disturbing sound installation in which you can hear the sound of a crow in slow motion…….the two works are mutually dependent……The installation calms and troubles at the same time.”
Using the material world as catalyst for the projection of unconscious contents, each work aims to amplify primitive feminine knowledge which is seen as both suppressed and the means by which we can begin to heal the world’s wounds.
The (re)making of Spirit Lake highlighted a significantly expanded role for the primitive right hemisphere as both pre-conscious originator (the impulse to video a tree in the wind and the unknown ‘gift’ of a falling leaf), ambiguous collector (the pre-conscious association of flying crow and falling leaf) and active responder to the limitations of consciousness (creative solutions emerged in response to failed attempts to solidify a messy background; a mis-click added the unknown ‘gift’ of a panning function). In neuro-science the left hemisphere is a (noisy?) processor, constantly referring data back to (agitating a response from?) the right hemisphere for further creative output. In these terms we can perhaps more hopefully view the role of Trickster (Crow/Raven) in the world (through Kirk Wall) as an opportunity for renewed and focussed creative action.
OSR Projects’ Weather Station was initiated as an artist-led response to flooding and extreme weather, exploring the changing relationship we have with landscape and the natural world. Previous activities took place in populated and remote locations across South West England, including the flooded flatlands of Somerset, china clay quarries and beaches of Cornwall, Dorset’s Jurassic coast and the streets of Portsmouth. Exhibitions and events took place at the OSR Project Space (Somerset, UK) in 2015 and b-side festival (Portland, UK) in 2016.
This latest incarnation of the project sees the previously translucent Weather Station carbon coated and receding into the background with independent artistic projects by the participating artists occupying the foreground. Themes include disputed antarctic territories, human impact on the oceans, psychological geographies, and mineral extraction, presented through film, installation, sculpture and drawing.
Exchange Berlin has been organised by Sluice, in partnership with Das Institut für Alles Mögliche and is officially affiliated to the British Council’s UK/Germany 2018 season.
Kühlhaus, Luckenwalder Straße 3, 10963 Berlin Friday 16 November: 1900 – 2200 Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 November: 1100 – 1900