About

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Rosalind Fowler is an artist and filmmaker interested in entanglement and participatory artistic processes as forms of re-enchantment, transformation and embodied enquiry in times of ecological and societal uncertainty.

She leads gatherings, workshops, performances and interventions in collaborative contexts, using these processes as starting points for creating film work, often in social settings. She has worked together with artists and across other practices such as sound therapy, herbalism, shamanism, astrology, horticulture, and scientific research, to create space for imaginative encounters and shifted forms of consciousness between diverse groups of people and with non-human forms of life.

Collective experiences, processes, materials and insights are performed, documented and re-visioned for film. The resulting work, combined with other imagery, weaves together experimental film, poetic ethnography, performance, and fiction.

She sees analogue film as a form of magic with the ability to enchant and re-imagine, 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 layered with green-screen and digital imagery.

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, esoteric practices, pre-history, alternative communities and science fiction – used as critical starting points to collectively re-imagine past, present, and possible futures.

In recent years projects have included working with community gardeners at Organiclea food growing cooperative on the edge of Epping Forest, diverse residents on the Wenlock Barn Estate in Hackney, and with Syrian refugee families on Cornwall.

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.