3 films from 2012, 2014 and 2016
1.Stones for Dancing, Stones for Dying, 2016.
Edited by Kate McMillan. Camera: Deborah May and Kate McMillan
Sound by Cat Hope
Shown at Castor Projects, London.
Presented as a screen based work, the overall exhibition explored the relationship between inherited body memory and landscape. Using film, photography and sculpture the work explored how the intense residue of memory can be located through quiet gesture, landscape and the objects we carry around with us. The title of the exhibition is drawn from the 1953 film 'Figures in a Landscape', narrated by poet Laureate Cecil Day Lewis, about Barbara Hepworth and her engagement with the Cornwall landscape.
2. The Moment of Disappearance, 2014 (trailer 1.04 minutes) actual work aprox 18 minutes
Camera: Kate McMillan, Deborah May, Sohan Ariel Hayes, Joe Shemesh. Editing: Deborah May
Sound composed by Cat Hope and recorded with the London Improvisers Orchestra.
This was presented at Performance Space in Sydney in 2014. The work was composed of five inter-linking films that narrated the life of a man as he descended into madness - the past erupting from three island sites around the world. The installation reflected upon the intertwining histories of imprisonment and banishment linked to island locations around Australia (Port Arthur, Wadjemup/Rottnest Island) and the Greek island of Pontikonisi which Arnold Bocklin painted his 'Isle of the Dead' series from. Presented as an atmospheric, immersive landscape of sound, sculpture and video, the exhibition traced legacies of the Enlightenment as memories of the past collapse into the present.
3. Paradise Falls I, 2012
Projection or screen based film. Length of work, 2.27
Camera: Luc Renaud. Editing: Sohan Ariel Hayes. Woman on the lake: Eveline Bouvla.
Sound composed by Cat Hope and performed by Decibel.
The work was filmed in the Black Forest in Germany on a lake called 'mummelsee' (Mother Lake). It builds on a local myth of a siren on the lake who lures men into the forest to their deaths. The work explores ideas around feminine haunting and loss.