Tessa Garland

  1. West of Highway 62 takes a fragmented road trip through remote areas of the Mojave Dessert. The work combines both footage collected on the journey and files from the internet to create a constructed reality that exists somewhere between fiction, science fiction and documentary. The work continues the artists interest into investigating curious and unusual places.

    West of Highway 62 is filmed at different sites across California and Arizona and features: The Integratron, a white-domed structure resembling a flying Saucer allegedly built under instruction by aliens from Venus; Giant Rock- a gathering point for UFO believers and conventions during the 1950's and the Joshua Tree Park, a vast expanse of rock piles, stark mountain ranges, and the twisted, tree-like yucca cacti that give the park its name.

    The audio is a mix of immersive ambient sound interrupted by recordings from local paranormal radio stations in the area. The recordings have been edited from witness accounts and describe experiences of UFO and alien encounters.

    West of Highway 62 begins as a fairly dreamy car journey - large windmills signal and prime you into entering a different zone or landscape, American flags flutter on desolate roads, communications towers pick up local airwaves and discharge persuasive indoctrinating messages. As the journey continues sublime desert landscapes hypnotise and then slip into moments of zealous activity accompanied by a hidden micro world of curious alien like organisms. By the end of the work light spots pulsate and flood into the video whilst the camera searches into the sky for some kind of belief or further dimension - something otherworldly and beyond any rationale.

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  2. Karrajong Heights 2013, 5.43 minutes HD Single Screen

    Karrajong Heights, is a work in response to a trip I made to East Coast Australia earlier this year.

    It examines the almost visceral mutation from day into night, the transition from the repressed energy of the suburban day into the extraordinary patterns and screams of the raw natural environment at night.

    As the heat of the day fades away from this utopian suburbia, lights go on, worlds start to shrink and local media spreads like a virus into homes, relentlessly hawking its message 'the boogie man is real'.

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  3. Single Screen video HD 5:00 minutes
    Not Far From Here combines live action and animation. The work is staged around a suburban house and a domestic shed set within a wooded area.
    The video is a non linear work that evades narrative and works more as a montage with the central character appearing and disappearing through its various locations. During the sequence, the banality of the suburban setting is interrupted by a parallel world suggesting an alternative reality and one which is charged with psychic activity.
    Not Far From Here is an atmospheric piece that embraces techniques found in both filmmaking and theatre. The layered passage of imagery uses strong lighting, constructed sets, special effects and sound to build a dreamlike world that blurs the boundaries of fiction and reality.

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  4. Above the Skyline, 5:50 minutes 2011

    Above the Skyline presents a deserted stage set depicting a grim prospect of a lonely, future with nothing but memories. Built entirely in miniature, the detailed film set invites the viewer to piece together the profile of an absent person. With its use of scale and filmic devices Above the Skyline plays with illusion and explores the tension between theatricality and reality. Light and sound have been fused together to create an external energy that leads the camera through the model and creates an atmosphere of surveillance and menace.

    B Movies and early science fiction films that work with notions of the everyday and collective fear have influenced the work.

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  5. A derelict East End psychiatric hospital and former workhouse, St Clements, is the venue for this exhibition curated by Miranda Housden in Bow, East London. Eight artists have created site-specific work in the abandoned rooms and corridors. Exhibiting artists are: Susan Aldworth, Silke Dettmers, Tessa Garland, Miranda Housden, Kerry Lawrence, Susie MacMurray, Jo Stockham and Amikam Toren.

    The transformation of this historic building forms part of the summer’s Shuffle Festival, which includes theatre, poetry readings, and films curated by director and local resident, Danny Boyle. - for more information visit shufflefestival.com/
    St Clements Hospital, 2a Bow Road, London, E3 4LL: 8-18 August 2013, 4pm–Sunset.

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