Thursday 29 July 2021, 7.30pm
Fieldnotes is a new quarterly arts publication with a focus on creative practices operating between genres and against type. The purpose of the journal is to provide a test site for ideas and research; a space for experimental modes and new prototypes. To coincide with the publication of its second issue, Fieldnotes presents an evening of short films and performances with Ana Vaz, Keira Greene, Zara Joan Miller and Ute Kanngiesser.
The Garden Has Gone Mad
Any chance this is the right summer? Any chance
you'll come and stay, maybe a year or two?
Here, the garden has gone mad – everything out –
the china broken among these tools
that we have made up to make up –
shears, trowels, a silver-plated emerald-encrusted
shovel, all swallowed up by your absence.
I love our blue hearts. I think often
what it is to wake up in this
waterflesh and then gather rosemary.
What it is to live in this wide house
all alone and smother the ghost
that tells me to do, to do, to do,
like a train. The orchids have grown teeth
in their mouths. As an aside, I have come
to believe my hips might be sapphire. Any chance?
Evening, shortly. Outside, the woodlice
hold an amorous feast. And in the evening,
I am very over –
Miruna Fulgeanu (2020)
- Soft Rio (film) by Zara Joan Miller
- Eustatic Drift (film) by Keira Green accompanied by a live score performed by Ute Kanngiesser
- Atomic Garden (film) by Ana Vaz
- Blue Monday, poetry reading by Zara Joan Miller
KEIRA GREENE is an artist working across film, photography, performance and text. Her work is preoccupied with the social and organic life and landscape of specific environments. Her work is produced through a collaborative and conversational practice of looking, writing and forming enduring relationships. Recent works are concerned with ideas of the body and the experience of emotion, in dialogue with an embodied filmmaking practice. Film works by Greene are distributed by LUX, she is performance curator with Whitstable Biennale.
Zara Joan Miller is a poet and artist. A selection of poems from her collection BLUE MONDAY featured in MAP and Fieldnotes journal in 2021. Other recent contributions include Another Gaze, Lazy Susan and Flash Art. Zara’s moving image practice plays with repeated and layered movement and sound as a way of reimagining a body’s rhythm. Her films include: Soft Rio (Marseille Underground Film Festival, Marseille, France, 2021; Underneath The Floorboards, 2021) with Astrid Sweeney and @xcrswx; horsecity (xviix.com, 2020; Centre of Gravity, Bristol, UK 2020) and Four Dances (Takuroku, 2021) – a piano & film collaboration with Billy Steiger. Zara is currently working on a film to accompany a score by Finlay Clark written for the Claravox Centennial theremin, and an ongoing collaboration with artist Tony Brooks at Submit to Love Studios. With Evie Ward, Zara programmes the movement and sound series CEREBELLUM.
Ute Kanngiesser has played cello since early childhood, and for more than a decade, has only played unscripted, improvised music - solo and in collaboration with other musicians and composers in London and internationally. An important part of her work has developed in relationship to other art forms such as writing, dance, film, and site specific performance. More recently, she has begun to experiment with open form compositions, writing semi-graphic scores as a way of recording music, that can be retrieved later on and in new ways.
Recent collaborations have been with Evie Ward, Daniel Blumberg, Billy Steiger, Tom Wheatley, Crystabel Riley, Seymour Wright, Paul Abbott, Keira Greene, John Butcher, Eddie Prévost and Jennifer Allum.
Ana Vaz is an artist and filmmaker born in the Brazilian highlands inhabited by the ghosts buried by its modernist capital: Brasília. Originally from the cerrado and wonderer by choice, Ana has lived in the arid lands of central Brazil and southern Australia, in the mangroves of northern France and in the north-eastern shores of the Atlantic. Her filmography activates and questions cinema as an art of the (in)visible and instrument capable of dehumanising the human, expanding its connections with forms of life — other than human or spectral. Consequences or expansion of her cinemato-graphy, her activities are also embodied in writing, critical pedagogy, installations or collective walks. Recent screenings of her work include: Berlinale Forum Expanded, MAM São Paulo, IFFR, Tate Modern, Palais de Tokyo, Jeu de Paume, LUX Moving Images, New York Film Festival.