Joya Residency, Cortijada Los Gázquez - Spain
Joya - Place With No Name, temporary site work
Joya - Place With No Name, 360º
A flat ledge at the southern boundary with the hill tops as horizon. Triangular in shape, it has a deep water course on one side, trees and shrubs on rising ground on another and an open aspect to the north, looking back towards the house. A cluster of dead olive trees shows the local irrigation has failed.
It captures the sun and channels the wind and the clay ground can be sticky wet or bone dry. The installation and 360º became markers, actions and observations to seed further ideas towards an 'ecology of mind.'
Gregory Bateson, Steps To An Ecology of Mind
Working with the 360º as description and observation began at Joya. It forms a topological mapping and locates us as producers in a cultural panorama. We wanted to experience an aspect of the work through the physicality of walking, climbing, carrying the equipment and selecting locations for the panoramas. The360º is intended to record and reconstruct an environment. The possibility of the viewer seeing us as present and visible became a significant moment for our understanding. When we are seen to be ‘at work’ the panoramic insight is disrupted. We discovered some tools for recording our own process of subjectivation, being in the event, multiple, plus one and the other.
It is the simple mechanics of the tripod that permits the camera to make it’s 360º pan. As one of the basic film shots and particularly celebrated in the vistas of landscape or spanning transitional time it’s sweep is rarely ever interrupted in the near foreground, and not by the person operating the camera, who must remain invisible.
Joya - Sleeping and Dreaming, 1-4
Joya can appear to create a dislocation from the ‘outside world’ bent on choreographed chaos. A volcano spews ash, a major earthquake takes its toll, people get trapped underground and nature's discontinuities become enfolded as disaster, catastrophe or trauma. For moments is everything, everywhere and everyone connected?
Ecomimesis hangs in the air as we walk and talk and wonder about no man/woman being an island. Higher vantage points can cast nature, with some
ease, into an epic nearness but the distance of environmental inflection is never far off. I have been reading Ecology Without Nature, Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics,Timothy Morton.
The not so far away white-washed enclaves resonate as does the vast tented shoreline set into high yield food production. ‘To be honest, before he came
the club was pretty well dead. Like Estrella del Mar in many ways – we were turning into another dozy pueblo. Bobby threw him-self into everything: fencing, drama, squash. He opened the disco downstairs, and he and Frank set up the Admiral Drake regatta. Forty years ago he’d have been running
the Festival of Britain.’ p. 46 Cocaine Nights, JG Ballard.
Joya - Nomadic
No flights. Nine days from the south to the north of Europe via Alicante, Barcelona, Paris, Cologne, Copenhagen, Gothenburg. On return we find that we are on the move, another phase of the new nomadic flows. Bergen calling.
First screened at the Gothenburg International Film Festival. A sequences of
objects are moved through the interior of self storage units. A gestalt therapist
speaks about love. A process of performative actions enact a dialogue with
the voice and space.
Image-text installation, written as a filmic ‘treatment’