PROJECTS | SCREENINGS | SHOWS

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all is leaf 
so to amplify the wonder

A new project supported by ACE and Barbican. I will be leading a series of workshops over the Summer in collaboration with herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad and artist/sound therapist Nicole Bettencourt Coelho at food growing cooperative Organiclea’s 12-acre site bordering Epping Forest.

During the sessions, we will gather in an atmospheric wooded space on the land designed and created together with artist and architect Claudia Palma. A series of herbal vision cards will be used to divine a herb, before leading the group on a journey to encounter this traditionally sacred plant growing wild on site. Sounds, sensory herbal immersion, and meditative practices will be used to support direct experiences of the plant, inspired by its folklore, astrology, symbolic and healing properties.

On return to the gathering space, impressions, memories and images will be shared through drawing, mapping and conversation. Herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad will follow on the session by sharing her knowledge of the plant encountered and we will finally create a simple remedy to take home.

Materials gathered during these workshops will later be re-imagined and re-interpreted as part of new participatory film work exploring our multiple relationships to plants.

The workshops are inspired by poet and ecologist Goethe’s belief that all plant knowledge is held within us and can be accessed through direct impressions and intuitive encounter, a view aligned with shamanic and indigenous cosmologies throughout history.

Goethe’s approach was later expanded upon and interpreted by others, moving through the elements of earth, water, air and fire to develop sensory awareness of plants and deeper glimpses of their essence through inspiration and intuition. These ideas form the starting point for the sculptural elements on the land and for our activities.

This project calls for re-enchantment with plants and a radical re-thinking of our relationship to nature at a time of ecological crisis, forming new connections between individual bodies and land through experience, creativity, and collective action.

The work coincides with and aims to raise awareness of an emerging community Apothecary planned for the Borough led by Rasheeqa and Organiclea. We will be working with herb growers and gardeners across the Borough of Waltham Forest including a partnership with the Drawing Shed growing community based on a housing estate in E17.

The film work will be installed within Church Lane Community Gardens for a new Barbican festival Leytonstone Loves Film (28th and 29th September), and beyond, including a performance event and herbal apothecary talk on 28th Sept supported by Loughborough London Open Fund.

Plant journey workshops –
Workshops open to Organiclea and local community gardening/herbal networks at Organiclea, E47UH –
Wednesday 26th June 4.30-6.30
Friday 5th July 2.00-4.00

Open workshop dates at Organiclea, E47UH (booking required) –
Thursday 18th July 6.30-9pm collective herb journey workshop
Sunday 28th July 11-4pm Organiclea herb themed open day including herb journey workshop from 11-1pm and artist talk, sounds and herb walk led by Rasheeqa

Tickets here: https://ticketlab.co.uk/series/id/49 Please note all workshops are now sold out until 2nd August. Please email me to participate in 2nd and/or 4th August workshops. Workshops are free for volunteers at Organiclea, Church Lane Community Gardens, and the Drawing Shed (for a free ticket email me-rosalindfowler@gmail.com). Snacks and refreshments provided. 

Additional workshops at Walthamstow Garden Party, Fellowship Island, Lloyd Park, E17 (drop-in)
Saturday 13th July, 12-6pm – Nicole Bettencourt Coelho and Rasheeqa Ahmad lead sound bath and sensory herbal immersion sessions, alongside a community Apothecary stall.
Sunday 14th July, 12-6pm – a workshop exploring connections between herbs and astrology through collective ritual, movement, meditative practices, and sound, led together with astrologer and artist Madeleine Botet de Lacaze and Nicole Bettencourt Coelho.

Movement, sounding and herbal connection workshops – 
Friday 2nd August – 10.30am-5.30pm
Sunday 4th August 11.30am-3.30pm
We are offering 2 exciting additional workshops led together with choreographer Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome and sound therapist Nicole Bettencourt Coelho. Following a similar format to previous workshops, we will use collective ritual and movement exercises as methods to journey to encounter a plant growing in the wild at Organiclea. We will then gather sensory and intuitive impressions of the plant through meditative techniques, herbal and sound immersion. We will tune in to, explore and interpret bodily sensations and impressions through movement, voice, and group exercises. Combined with materials and inspirations from previous workshops and the symbolic, astrological and folkloric associations of each plant, we will together shape choreographed group sequences in response to each plant.

Film footage from the day reflecting processes and outcomes will be included in a new film installation work that will screen within a local community garden at Leytonstone Loves Film, a new Barbican led festival on 28th and 29th September.

This workshop is open to all and no experience needed. For those interested in 16mm filmmaking there will additionally be an opportunity to learn a little about the Bolex camera over lunch.
Lunch and refreshments provided.The workshops will take place at Organiclea, 115, Hawkwood Crescent, E47UH

e-mail me to book your place – rosalindfowler@gmail.com

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Nicole Bettencourt Coelho is a qualified practicing sound therapist and artist, currently in residence at Music Hackspace / Somerset House Studios http://nmbc.one

Claudia Palma is an architect, artist, and university educator whose work explores mixed methods of ethnographic and historical accounts, applying themes of gender, ecological thought and survival. Her work employs a range of mediums such as performance, installation and literature, which unifies the fluid border between the archaic past and premonitions of the future.

Rasheeqa Ahmad is a qualified medical herbalist based in Walthamstow, East London. Her practice encompasses consultations and treatment, plant-gathering and medicine-making, community activity including knowledge-sharing and practical workshops. http://www.hedgeherbs.org.uk/about-2/

Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome was born in UK of English and Chilean descent. She lives and works in London as a dance artist and choreographer, working independently and collaboratively since 2009.
https://cargocollective.com/fernandamunoznewsome

Madeleine Botet de Lacaze is an Argentine-born artist and astrologer based in London. Her performances work is interdisciplinary – working at the intersection of performance, queer theory and astrological insight to address identity, belonging and presence www.astrologyforartists.com

 

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BREADROCK, I Carry You in My Eyes

 

Exhibition at Kestle Barton 8th Sep – 3rd Nov 2018

BREADROCK is a message of mystic law conjured between people and soil.

This two part exhibition comprising installation and 16mm film presents the critically acclaimed show BREADROCK, I feel like doing this from PEER London and BREADROCK, I carry you in my eyes, developed at Kestle Barton.

Both works display a visceral homage to cultural history, memory and universal myth, melding sculptural practice with experimental and ethnographic filmmaking to create new kinships and folklore.

BREADROCK, I carry you in my eyes, made in collaboration with local and diverse communities gathering on the Lizard Peninsula, includes a series of cross-cultural sharings with local Syrian families. The 16mm film and sculptural pieces present echoes of the Chant of the Whaleswan, the new myth that formed between people, including soundscape and performances.

BREADROCK, I feel like doing this, made in collaboration with residents of the Wenlock Barn Estate in London comprises a 16mm film and collection of quasi-mystical sculptures, drawing on the rituals and artefacts of the Estate’s Bangladeshi, European, Kurdish, Serbian, Turkish, Ugandan and West Indian communities. The work, co-curated and performed by residents, manifests their inner worlds.

BREADROCK was exhibited at Kestle Barton across the galleries and gardens between September – November 2018

Supported by Arts Council England, Awards for All, and Kestle Barton

 

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BREADROCK, I feel like doing this 

Fourthland with Rosalind Fowler  – PEER, 23rd February -14th April  2018. 

BREADROCK is a new film and sculptural installation for PEER, by Rosalind Fowler and artist collective Fourthland (Louise Sayarer and Eva Knutsdotter). The work is a visceral homage to cultural history, memory and universal myth. Melding experimental and ethnographic filmmaking, the work presents a series of staged vignettes drawing on the rituals and artefacts of the Estate’s Bangladeshi, European, Kurdish, Serbian, Turkish, Ugandan and West Indian communities, to create new kinships, myths and culture.

Shot on 16mm film against the artists’ makeshift stage sets of textiles, paintings, and objects in a public garden on the Estate, BREADROCK manifests the inner worlds of Wenlock’s inhabitants: a Bangladeshi woman wearing her wedding dress buries a symbolic ‘umbilical cord’ in front of forty guests to mark her son’s birth; a West Indian man channels his deceased grandmother through an old-fashioned telephone and a cosmic donkey; another man surrounded by sheet music conducts an invisible orchestra and symbolic ancient rock, inspired by his love of geology; and others slowly process and gesture, holding bowls and plates aloft. The soundtrack is a composition of raw sounds improvised from domestic household objects found in a resident’s flat.

Close to the large-scale projection of the film in PEER’s street-facing space, pieces made by the artists – inspired by their exchanges with the Wenlock community – and objects belonging to residents, form an assemblage of quasi-mystical sculptures.

Fourthland have been working with the residents of Wenlock Barn since 2008, on projects connecting the land and people of the Estate. More on their work hereBREADROCK is their Fowler’s collaboration with Fourthland.

Supported by Arts Council England, PEER, and the Paul and Louise Cooke Endowment

 

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NowhereSomewhere

(2016, 20′, 16mm and digital, sound artist: Andrej Bako)

A 2-screen film installation inspired by a 2015-16 artist residency at the William Morris gallery. Funded by Arts Council England and Barbican.

8th October- 9th November 2016 Barbican Foyer Art Commission – pedal-powered installation

7th October-6th November 2016 – William Morris gallery installation

Saturday 20th August 2016 4pm Somerset House Edible Utopia – talk and work in progress screening

16-17th July 2016 Walthamstow Garden Party (work in progress, pedal-powered screening)

NowhereSomewhere is a 2-screen film installation inspired by Morris’s utopian novel News From Nowhere. Fowler explores resonances between Morris’s vision and Organiclea, a food growing co-operative based in Waltham Forest. The footage, shot over the Autumn and Winter seasons is combined with fragments of gardeners reading from News From Nowhere. On a second screen, as the new growing season arrives and seeds are planted for the coming year, community members share their own dreams for an ecotopian society. The work includes 16mm film, hand-processed by Fowler at Organiclea using an ecological formula. She worked on site in a temporary film lab, and experimented with natural plant dyes to create the film.

The final piece was made in collaboration with sound artist Andrej Bako, who created a multi-channel sound piece for the installation. The installation is accompanied by Fowler’s seed packet project, through which gardeners around the Borough shared their visions for the city of the future on empty seed packets.

Supported by Arts Council England, Barbican, and the William Morris Gallery

 

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What Lies Below

(2015, 17′, 16mm and digital, sound and compositions: Clay Gold) 

25th November/16th December – Kings college, Nash lecture theatre, Strand 

Thurs 24th September No.w.here  

20th May 2015 – Preview screening, BFI, 2pm

Short film funded by the Wellcome Trust in partnership with the BFI and No.w.here.

Set in 2054, a time when soldiers have been programmed to forget their actions and robots command the front line of war, a mother reads to her daughter from a notebook written in 2015 while she was still working as a military psychologist. Recounting the dreams of soldiers, she reflects on the impact of killing on the human psyche and the inevitable technological advancements that led to a complete denial of conscience.

Supported by Wellcome Trust, BFI, and No.w.here

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Tamesa

 (2014, 11′, 16mm, sound and compositions: Clay Gold)  

25th February 2016 – Milton Keynes gallery

13th February 2016 – l’abominable, Paris

29th March 2015 – Flatpack film festival, 2pm, Videostrolls programme. 

11th January 2015,  Tamesa screens atICA as part of London Short Film Festival, 2pm. 

Tamesa nominated for Best Experimental Film Award at LSFF.

31st October. New short film Tamesa commissioned for the recently opened NOW gallery, Greenwich, as part a a programme entitled ‘Unshore: the Artists’ Thames’. 7.30pm. Curated by Gareth Evans.

The artist searches for traces of the river Thames’ distant past by processing 16mm film on the foreshore using water collected at low tide. The experiment takes place adjacent to Battersea bridge, a site where archaeological finds suggests significant ritual activity. Images of water patterns and foreshore detritus are combined with close-up textures of pre-historic objects such as skulls and flint axe-heads discovered in the area.  Watermarks and particles of ancient river silt cling to the resultant film’s surface, their abstract formations a portal to the unseen forces at work in the river.

Supported by NOW gallery

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Folk In Her Machine 

(2013, 47′, 16mm and digital, sound artist: Andrej Bako)

5th March (2016) Alchemy Film Festival – video strolls programme

26th November (2014) Cafe Oto Project space screening with William Raban’s Time and the Wave (2013) plus Q&A with both filmmakers, 1-7 Ashwin st, E83DL, 7pm for 7.30 start. £3 students and unwaged | £5 unwaged.

October (2014) Milton Keynes gallery installation throughout the month.

31st August (2014) Portobello Film festival within Art and Culture programme. 6-10.30pm, Portobello pop up cinema

12th July (2014) New Community Spaces: Collaboration and Creativity in the Landscape, Hooke Park, Dorset. Symposium and screening.

1st May (2014) Plymouth Arts Centre. Screening throughout the day to celebrate May day, plus on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the month of May. Screening and artist talk Saturday 31st May. Film: 1.30pm/talk: 2.15pm. Interview here.

9th May (2014). Fundacao Manuel Antonio da Mota, Porto, Portugal. Screening event/artist talk .

6th March (2014). William Morris gallery in Walthamstow. Screening event/Q&A as part of a late night opening of Jeremy Deller’s Venice bienalle piece ‘English Magic’.

1st February (2014). Folk In Her Machine premiere: PLACE: Common Grounds, Snape (Suffolk). An annual cross-platform event curated by Gareth Evans (Whitechapel gallery).

December 2013. Installation in group show: ‘Tradition’, Pumphouse gallery, London.

20th April 2013 Soundfjord gallery, London. Work in progress screening as part of an exhibition called Sbarbi’s Arrow by Duncan Whitley.

Tuesday 16th April 2013, Cafe Oto. Feeling Sound: A Night of Shared Listening with Rosalind Fowler, Ian Rawes, David Toop, John Wynne and Duncan Whitley. This will be an evening of shared conversation and questions, inspired by the show.

The film starts and ends in London and is told from the perspective of a female narrator who looks back over the archive of footage she has collected over the years on her repeated visits to two seasonal folk traditions in England, Haxey Hood in north Lincolnshire and May Day in Padstow. Her voice is interspersed with those of people she meets on her journeys, describing the significance of the rituals for them. Folk in Her Machine is a sensual film essay on the meaning of place and belonging in a global world, and a meditation on the nature of filmmaking. Shot on a combination of 16mm and digital cameras, the film is narrated by actor Jodhie May.

Supported by Arts and Humanities Research Council

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Invisible dialogue

(2014, 2.5′, 16mm)

a collaborative experimental film made with 3 other artists selected for Jim Hobb’s One Hundred Foot III programme. Screening details below:

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23rd Jan, (2016) 17. Dresdner Schmalfilmtage, Dresden in competition

Sat 14th Nov (2015) Cornwall film festival 

7th July, (2015) Jerwood gallery

15th May (2015). Lo&Behold gallery, 7pm

Latitude festival (2014) Film premieres as part of Jim Hobb’s 100ft programme.

http://jimhobbs.org/home.html 

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Rotunda – 

Film to be screened in Birmingham soon as part of Scalarama season. Details tbc.