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6. february 2021 — 28. march 2021
Visus Tactus Gustus
Dillan Marsh and Eleanor Clare
And thus the firmament is like a human head; the sun, moon and stars are the eyes; the air is our sense of hearing, the winds our sense of smell, the dew our taste; the sides of the cosmos are like our arms and our sense of touch. And the other creatures that are in the world are like our stomach, but the earth is our heart. As the heart holds the body together from top to bottom, so the earth is a secure land for the waters on its surface and a firm resistance to the waters beneath the earth to prevent them from wrongly breaking out.
‘The Cosmos: The Music of the Firmament’ Causae et Curae, Hildegard von Bingen
In the Project Space, Hordaland Kunstsenter presents Visus Tactus Gustus by Eleanor Clare and Dillan Marsh. In this installation of new works the artist duo take inspiration from Munkeliv kloster that was established ca.1110 by King Øystein Magnusson. The remains of themonastery are hidden under the car park outside the art centre. Using plainchant, the melodies used to sing the liturgies of the Church, blowing raspberries (lip trills) into clay vessels, writing and drawing, they explore the emotional experience of embarking upon a creative process with the concepts of ‘diving into’ or being ‘swallowed by’ in mind.
The Poacher’s work is to trespass; inhabiting the dark and hidden places. He penetrates his prey with a bullet, or untangles its entrails from a trap. He is well acquainted with the insides and outsides of things, with the dead and the living, with creation and destruction. Under the skin, much is fluid. This is where the unconscious is at work, digesting and processing and merging and separating matter.
The exhibition will consist of multiple channels of sound and video - spoken and sung narratives that unfold as one moves through the space. Much of the inspiration for this work came from being in a landscape – of walking in the woods or approaching monuments, connecting these experiences to folk tales or the mysterious practices of early cultures. We have had an extensive research period over the last few years at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where we have gathered material. All the audio, including music, is either from manipulated field recordings taken on site or vocal recordings.
Supported by BEK, Bergen Kommune and Kunstsentrene i Norge
Video Installation on Three Projection Screens (room 1 and 2): Field recordings taken at Yorkshire Sculpture Park throughout the seasons; varying length clips.
8 channel Sound Installation (room 1 and 2): audio material entirely produced from field recordings taken on site at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and vocal recordings. List of titles below:
The First Hole is a Revelation
The Poacher’s Lament
Recorder Harmony (Derby Tup/Drive Old Winter Away)
The Shadow Poacher
Speaker Effigies (room 2), card, acrylic, wood
Spoon on a Stick: Mr. Jazz Spoon (room 1), plaster, twig, metal spoon, tape, vocals
The Peeper (room 1), framed image, felt pen on paper
The Poacher’s Dream (room 1), publication with texts and images
Supported by BEK, Kunstsentrene i Norge and Bergen Kommune.
He saw something in the darkness. He searches his memory for its form. It was here, it left its shadow with him; he can feel its presence. It watches him, waits for him. He is caught in its flow now; it draws him in, through the darkness and down the narrow passage.
Processional performance with Bluetooth speaker by Eleanor Clare & Dillan Marsh