NowhereSomewhere

(2016, 20′, 16mm and digital, with sound artist Andrej Bako)

NowhereSomewhere is a 2-screen film installation, evolving out of an artist residency at the William Morris gallery during 2015-16.

The work was inspired by Morris’s utopian novel News From Nowhere, and explores resonances between Morris’s visions for the future and Organiclea, a 12-acre food growing co-operative based on the edge of Epping Forest in the Borough of Waltham Forest.

The footage, shot over the Autumn and Winter seasons, charts gardeners’ daily activities and postures as they tend to the land, combined with fragments of text and performed readings from News From Nowhere. On a second screen, as the new growing season arrives and seeds are planted for the coming year, community members speculate and re-imagine an ecological society of the future.

The work includes 16mm film, hand-processed at Organiclea using an ecological formula. The artist worked on site by installing a temporary film lab in a yurt, and experimented with natural plant dyes to create the film.

A multi-channel sound piece was created for the installation in collaboration with sound artist Andrej Bako.

The installation was accompanied by a seed packet project, through which gardeners around the Borough were invited to shared their visions for the city of the future on empty seed packets.

Supported by Arts Council England, Barbican, and the William Morris Gallery.

Installation

Barbican foyer art commission – solo pedal-powered installation

William Morris Gallery – solo installation

Walthamstow garden party – pedal powered installation

Selected screenings

Somerset House ‘Edible Utopia’