About

kale light

 

Rosalind Fowler is an artist and filmmaker who leads gatherings, workshops, performances and interventions as a starting point for creating film, often in participatory and social contexts. She has worked collaboratively with sound, performance, sculptural and installation artists, creating space for imaginative encounters between diverse groups of people and with non-human forms of life.

These collective experiences, processes, materials and insights are then documented, performed and translated into film. The resulting work, combined with other imagery, weaves together experimental film, poetic ethnography, performance, and fiction.

Of particular interest in her investigations are working in social contexts to cultivate  re-enchantment between people and with non-human forms of life at times of ecological uncertainty. Her current research explores intuitive and embodied ways of relating to plants, inspired by Western, shamanic and indigenous traditions and practices.  Her work is more broadly influenced by, and centred around – folklore, myth, feminism, pre-history, entanglement, alternative communities and science fiction – used as critical starting points to collectively re-imagine past, present, and possible futures.

She is interested in the medium of analogue film as a form of contemporary magic with the ability to re-enchant and transform, her haptic approaches to filmmaking echoing a tactile, sensory engagement with the land through the work. She hand-processes the work using an ecological formula, subsequently tinting some images with natural plant dyes. The textured materiality of the film bears traces of these processes, often then combined with digital imagery.

Recent solo works include All is leaf, so to amplify the wonder (2019) supported by ACE and Barbican as part of Walthamstow London Borough of Culture,  BREADROCK, Chant of the Whaleswan Kestle Barton (2018), and BREADROCK, I feel like doing this, PEER (2018) in collaboration with Fourthland,  and NowhereSomewhere (2016) a 2-screen film installation for William Morris Gallery, Barbican Foyer Art commission, and Somerset House’s Utopia season. She was selected as artist in residence at the William Morris gallery in 2016. Others commissions include What Lies Below (2015) supported by Wellcome Trust and BFI, Tamesa (2015) NOW gallery, and Folk In Her Machine (2014) supported by AHRC. Her work has exhibited and screened widely, including at ICA, BFI, Jerwood gallery, Plymouth Arts Centre, Pumphouse gallery, and PLACE: Common Ground, curated by Gareth Evans (Whitechapel Gallery). Her short film Tamesa (2015) was nominated for Best Experimental Short Film Award at London Short Film Festival, 2016.