2019. Immersive installation at CCA Glasgow. Eight-channel audio, two-channel video, sono-haptic seating, seaweed and tidal detritus. Curated by Javier Aregger.
Documentation by Siyao Li.
Supported by ForEnjoymentCIC, Glasgow Life, and GSA Curatorial. With special thanks to: Jamie Ferguson and Colin Bell.
Inspired by science and the complex inter-relatedness of the physical world, Oscillations investigates the way distant or invisible phenomena can have a tangible effect on our day-to-day lives.
Using data sonification (the use of audio to interpret structured information) as a starting point, Evans worked with computer scientist Jamie Ferguson to translate tidal data into musical notes and make audible the rhythmic, cyclical tidal patterns of the Clyde.
By taking this concept further and exploring the interplay of tidal changes with the seasons, lunar and solar orbits over the course of an entire year, the artist produced an hypnotic multi-channel audiovisual work.
Oscillations brings this experience on an immediate, physical level to the audience by combining sound with video and haptic elements, creating an immersive landscape rich in sensory and poetic associations.
The techniques and resources available to artists through interdisciplinary work, far from divorcing art from experience instead provide us with new tools for exploring the nature of our world and how we perceive it. These collaborative approaches make up the fertile ground where experiential art finds its home.
By harnessing these tools, Oscillations provides an opportunity to explore our surroundings through an emotional and corporeal involvement. Our responses carry cognitive and sensory associations not always traceable to discrete causes. In Evan's work nothing is inherently separate from anything else, reflecting the temporal and holistic quality of experience.
The artist also draws together phenomena which may seem distant, but that are nevertheless present in our day-to-day lives. By revealing them in liminal spaces, Oscillations explores the constant interplay between determinancy and indeteminancy. Shifting from reassuring stability to breaks and ruptures, it echoes the balance of the familiar and unfamiliar fundamental to temporal art.
In these states of liminality, our experiences temporarily unravel and are rewoven. We forge new connections. We catch ourselves in the act of perceiving and connecting to our environments. It is in these very moments that we may begin to catch glimpses of a reality deeper than the mere appearances through which artworks are announced.
This floor projected video with it’s rhythmic pace, disorientating POV and soundtrack of breath and footfalls, seeks to evoke a mimetic response in the visitor, allowing for physical and psychological immersion.
Part of the conference and group show Pilgrims and Pilgrimages at Govan Old Parish Church, this was the first UK showing of the work, originally shown in Athens, Greece in 2017.
A meditation on dislocation, time, movement and becoming, the piece grew out of a year long performative Instagram project @IWalkAroundTheSun filmed between Midsummer 2016 and 2017
Pilgrims and Pilgrimage: Sights and sounds of the sacred was a one-day Conference and two-week exhibition curated by: Jim Harold, David Jasper and Donald Orr and involving artists, poets, musicians and theologians.
The exhibits and conference were intended firstly, to act as catalysts for dialogue between the languages of pilgrimage in their many forms, whether theological, philosophical, poetic or pragmatically driven; and secondly, to complement the very important collection of early church relics and sculptures on show in Govan Old Church.
While pilgrimage may be defined as a mode of journeying towards a highly significant focus or goal – a shrine or other sacred place – in its broadest sense, it is also a journey undertaken for reasons of curiosity or as a matter of sentiment. What also characterises pilgrimage is the form and effect of the journey, which often takes the traveller or pilgrim out of their conventional and habit world into a kind of liminality, or in-between place, that leads to a transformative state.
The exhibition and conference aimed to bring into focus many of the ways in which pilgrimage is transmitted, shared or remembered; historically within the church and more recently in the secular West.
Exhibiting artists are: Sara Alonso, Susan Brind & Jim Harold, Conor Cook & Joanna Peace, Jasper Coppes, Victoria Evans, Cristina Garriga, Birthe Jorgensen and Emil Lillo (staff and alumni from Glasgow School of Art’s M Litt Fine Art Practice course).
Pilgrims and Pilgrimages was made possible by the financial support of Bishop Gregor Duncan and the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, and Literature and Theology (Oxford University Press). Thanks also go to Professor Stephen Driscoll, the Govan Heritage Trust, and the volunteers at Govan Old Church.
It Takes a Year to Walk Around the Sun was developed with the support of Hospitalfield Arts Interdisciplinary Residency, Arbroath, and Snehta Residency, Athens. Photos: Pablo Llopis
Trust Your Senses Don't Trust Your Senses
Video Installation for Transmission Gallery group show, November 2017. 2' 37" Continuous loop (no audio) on inverted Red HP Pavilion Laptop.
Two pairs of legs navigate a shifting grid-mapped terrain. Whether appearing to compete for territory, or collaborating in a mysterious silent dance, the ground beneath their feet is uncertain and changeable.
A Pen is an Object a Kiss is an Event
This solo installation, as part of three person show, was the result of a two month research residency at SNEHTA, Athens, Greece. The installation explores the tensions between lived experiences of time, place and movement and their abstract representation through measurement and mapping.
The title is a quote from Carlo Rovelli, renowned quantum physicist, referring to a view of physical reality based on 'events' occurring through interactions, rather than on objects that can be observed and described in isolation from each other.
Performative work over 365 days from Midsummer 2016 to Midsummer 2017, documented daily by videos on Instagram account IWalkAroundTheSun
An 11' 39" continuously looping edited version of the project, with immersive audio, featured in the installation A Pen Is An Object A Kiss Is An Event, Athens, 2017. The video was projected as a floor piece with surround sound. Its rythmic iterations expose overlaps and slippages in the way we experience time and its immersive form encourages a mimetic, somatic response in the viewer.
Dancer Unknown: The Discovery of Florida and Other Myths
Video with audio 2’30” Screenings: Transmision Gallery, Glasgow 2016; The Newbridge project, Newcastle 2017.
Original footage adapted from Danse Serpentine, the Lumière Brothers, hand-painted one reel film, 1899, filmed at Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid 2016. Vocal, Sara Alonso-Martínez, recorded at Santervás de Campos and remixed by Victoria Evans, 2016.
The footage was recorded as part of a 500 mile walk across Spain, beginning in Madrid. One of the stops along the way was Santervás de Campos, where the vocal recording was made in the house of Juan Ponce de León, a 16th Century Conquistador who is named as the 'discover' of Florida.
The digital manipulation and editing of the original frenetic one reel performance allude to invisible histories and the vulnerability and partiality of the historical record.
NB: The 'unknown' dancer in the famous Lumière brothers reel is often mis-identified as Loie Fuller who originated the dance, but is more likely to have been pioneering figure of US contemporary dance, Papinta who's interpretation of Loie Fuller's dance was markedly different in style.
Nine Circles: After Else Marie Pade
Video animation, 1' looped, rear projection into paper cube, 2016. Audio: remix of Nasa's 'Sounds of the Solar System' and Else Marie Pade's 'Syv Cirkler' (Seven Circles). Transmission Gallery, July 2016
Else Marie Pade (1924-2016) was a Danish pioneer of electronic music. Syv Cirkler(Seven Circles) was inspired by a visit to Brussels' world's fair in 1958, where she encountered a multimedia planetarium.
In this contemporary tribute, her prophetic imagining of the 'sounds' of the solar system is combined with radio waves picked up by Nasa and converted to audio.
The video is a stop-frame animation of eight paper cubes proportioned in a Fibonacci sequence, a geometrical equation that here makes visual reference to the mathematical patterns we use in both music and physics. The ninth 'circle' refers to the cube within which the video is being projected.
The Smooth and the Striated
Card, lights, shop window. 2016
Solo show for 24 Hour Window, Glasgow, curated by Nicola Atkinson and Caspar J Wilson.
Sculptural installation looking at the relationship between the fibonacci sequence, a mathematical formula, and the naturally occurring spiral shape found in nautilus shells and galaxies that the formula describes.
'The smooth and the striated' refers to the philosophical concepts of amorphous (nomadic) and bounded (state) space, as explored by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari in their book A Thousand Plateaus.