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Fourthland with Rosalind Fowler  – PEER, 23rd February -14th April  2018. Opening night 22nd February 2018

BREADROCK is a new film and sculptural installation for PEER, by artist collective Fourthland (Louise Sayarer and Eva Knutsdotter) and artist and filmmaker Rosalind Fowler. Reflecting on a ten-year collaboration with the diverse communities of Wenlock Barn Estate in Hackney, East London, 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 first collaboration with filmmaker Rosalind Fowler, known for her explorations of the politics and poetics of place and belonging in the contemporary English landscape.

This project is supported by:

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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.

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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.


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 at ICA 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.


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.


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:


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.



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


Forthcoming workshops

20th Feb 2015, 1pm – Light Visions – A Cameraless Film Workshop,  Future Film Festival, BFI.

17th Jan 2015 – William Morris gallery. Stitching in Time Cameraless film workshop

1st and 8th Nov 2014 – Experimental folklore 2: Battel bonfire super 8 workshop with No.w.here.

30 April/1st May/17 May 2014 – Experimental Folklore: Jack-In-the-Green 16mm workshop led in partnership with No.w.here. See workshop footage here