With a series of performative employments anti cool confuses the position of an Artist, smudging detail to reveal the iconographic and reconsiders the day to day routines of our unmediated reality.
A recent documentary Plena Rondo Leaving Language explored the concept of Esperanto and has been screened across the UK.
anti cool developed a film for Leaving Language called Echo Tides, it was screened throughout the exhibition at The Metropole Gallery Folkestone England.
Let’s imagine we were not ourselves, we woke up transformed into another being, an alien being with none of the familiar things we had yesterday. Our speech was lower and sounded as if it had been slowed down, we enunciated precisely but created a monstrous slur of vowels: the detuned strings of guitars or a fire howling through Marshall amplifiers, this is the sound of cinema.
The phobic positioning of others and the absence of empathy has been an ongoing concern for anti cool. Her new work Echo Tides shot in Folkestone, hauled in it's nets nostalgia, eroticism, sacrifice and regeneration, as well as fish and crustaceans caught in the muddy Dover Straights.
In the pages of a screenplay we scroll through words: cold, sea, a fog that lifted slowly, in soft Spring light a boat on the coastline was slowly revealed.
Fishing is the type of industry which politicians use to create Island fictions. In the foggy haze of morning, trays of ice and fruits of the sea crunched together. Gills filled with tears that secreted memories, the fish dripped blood into the image, we were leaving language and could not survive out of water.
Whelks, crabs, lobsters ...
The ellipsis marks an omission from speech or the writing of a word when their meaning can be deduced from a context. The echo sounder and the radar detect signs useful to the mariner but we are concerned with Artworks and synonyms to learn and "like" on Facebook.
Time rewinds itself in warm beds when we are dreaming, the person drags a net into the sea; a black, backless gown; cut low to reveal a spine, this is what you wear to make Art in waters that are cold enough to cause pneumonia.
The nets were empty and the sea was dark and sublime; who was this terrible monster between continents that hauls sailors to their deaths.
What was speaking or making that sound?
"Folkestone, Folkestone ... "
“Is what you see what I see?”
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