Commisioned for 'Obsidiana' exhibition in Santiago, 'Wildernesses' is an Orphan Drift collaboration between Mer Roberts and Ranu Mukherjee, with Mike Maurillo creating the soundscape.
‘Wildernesses’ is Neo Romantic and Post Apocalyptic. It is the eerie premonition of instinct, an experiment, an uneasy cohabiting of images, an evolutionary fever-dream.The pulse is mesmeric, the way the elements flow and layer, is trance inducing. A two-screen installation in which dark abstract video spaces flow into bright photographic landscapes, populated and de-populated by animated collages, cut and scanned from contemporary print publications. It suggests science fictional journeys, encoding an alien timeframe- whether future or past. Tundra, ocean and ice could be the start of a technological drive to change the landscape. Yet these are contemporary proliferating symbols of aftermath, desolate spaces rarely marked by human time. An event is suggested; one in which seemingly isolated and forlorn objects become part of a vast geopolitical story unfolding from the past and the future simultaneously, blending first and third world materiality, weaving space, and matter into fluid temporary configurations that are essentially science-fictional. Science fiction is produced out of cultural necessity- a liminal presence that inhabits prediction and flux. The mesmeric soundscape, made from a wide variety of samples including glaciers melting, radio frequencies, storms and rocket launches, is composed into a sonic ‘event’, in which synthetic and organic audio sounds similar. Myself and Ranu Mukherjee each made a screen from video and collage elements generated by me. I present only my screen here.
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