Stine Gro (Denmark, 1987), artist-in-residence at The Unifiedfield Nomadic AIR Program in The Philippines, worked on a remote island in Surigao del Sur on her new project “Mechanic.Trans-natural/Nature.Trans- mechanic”.
*She also presented her art project in Davao city (Silingan art space, 12th April / University of the Philippines Mindanao, 21st April) and conducted a workshop with local kids at The Unifiedfield’s headquarters in Mintal. A second workshop was conducted at the Earthship in Batug, Leyte, on how to build Magic Lanterns/Microscopic projectors (organized by The Unifiedfield in partnership with the Barangay Council of Brgy. Batug, and with the support of PeaceTauMindanaw, One Block for Batug, Earth Village).
* With the support of The Danish Arts Foundation.
Video by Ivan Zaldarriaga.
“The project I am planning to do at The Unifiedfield AIR Program in The Philippines has the working title ‘Mechanic.Trans-natural/Nature.Trans- mechanic’. It takes its starting point in the juxtaposition between technology and the very diffuse concept of nature and natural forces. I plan to build a machine inspired by a dias-projector driven by different natural forces such as wind-energy, sun and moon light, ect. It will consist of a homemade windmill that creates electricity to the different parts inside the machine. Those would be a light bulb, lighting up image material from behind, and travelling through a lense and creating an image on a surface outside of the machine. A small engine will also be connected to the windmill, slowly turning around and through that process shifting the “image”, just as in a dias projector. The projector will potentially become a big stucture, more than one meter long . The projector is dependent on the weather. Sometimes it will run slow and with hardly no light when hardly no wind is present, and other times it will run fast and have a very strong image.
As a background for the project I am researching in the term “the Circardian rythm”, that is the name of the rythm within humans as well as plants, that gives us a feeling and sense of circular rythm, repeating day after day. The theory is explaining this concept as a constant, which is not necessarily dependent on the surroundings. I want the machine that I will build in the recidency to explore this idea of a circular rythm, as being more fluid and inconsequent as stated. The machine will therefore demonstrate a poetic little story about the rythm time and how it is fluid and depending on its surroundings. The machine will show a row of images or objects that will circulate with the little engine, and shift places in front of the lense, these objects/images will be choosen out in the area of the residency, but shall all have a connection to the concept of time and repetition”.
Residency project assisted by Ivan Zaldarriaga and Angely Chi.