First year ASN students recently put on a show centered around the theme of forests, inspired by a weekend fieldwork trip to the Black Wood of Rannoch. Works included installation, video and digital media, painting, and audience-participatory and interactive pieces.
Rites of Silence
Sonia Ali and Wolfgang Thomas
This audiovisual installation inspired by Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ brings forth that which we cannot see and hear. The constant toil of the unforgotten micro-organisms without which we in the macro sphere would not exist.
Exploring the micro and the macro. Often overlooked and trodden underfoot, the smallest environments in the world are often the most important.
“Lotophagous behaviours, which are fuelled with imaginings and illusions as they can easily lead to reality disavowal.” (Quote from Jean-Francois Vernay’s reviewing book Water from the Moon of Australian Novelist Christopher Koch’s works)
The title comes from root systems and philosophy. It refers to the idea that everything touches at some point, dense Black wood, sunlight, and darkness. It is about not seeing what’s there. Nature uses camouflage you can miss what’s in front of you unless you really look. The work mimics this thinking.
It is an experimental video installation trying to capture the relaxation and the calmness of being in a forest based on shadow theater techniques.
Akshaya Lakshmi Narsimhan
walk. blink. look down – A piece of the forest floor to walk on, by foot.
Colours of the Blackwood
Christina Gråberg Røsholt
The Blackwood of Rannoch seen through a pinhole. Capturing the beauty of the forest with its natural lighting and colours, but not in a conventional ‘picture perfect’ way.
Element in Green
A film that both enhances and distorts the movements inherent but usually missed within nature.
Abstract visualization of three dimensional space in the Black Wood of Rannoch through two dimensional geometric shape explorations.
Allison Palenske and Sonia Ali
The amplification of microorganisms through a sensory investigation and isolation of fungi, algae, lichens and insects. Brought to you by The[Dinner]Lab- finding utility within the overlooked.
Arboreal took place at Patriothall Gallery from 24 May-26 May 2014.