Kate Davies | Emmanuel Vercruysse
LiquidFactory is a London based art and architecture practice. Our work moves between the written, the drawn and the made and deals with the obscure territories of occupation in between.
The first project in the series Prosthetic Mythologies ‘ is an automated performance piece for Kielder Forest in which the forest becomes the stage for a ceremony. It explores the notion of the supernatural through technological implants in the landscape. Twilight in the forest is a traditional setting for mythology and folklore. The French describe twilight as ‘Entre Chien et le Loup’ [between dog and wolf] which captures the unsettling transformation that occurs at dusk. As shadows seep into the forest it becomes a threatening place. The project draws on the psychological power of the forest and we seek to inhabit the dark evocative interior of Kielder forest with a prosthetic mythology.
A colony of sculptural and sonic automata reside within an unspecified plot deep in the forest. They are crepuscular – activated only at low light levels. Their combined response to the specific light conditions of their individual site forms a rhythmic composition in two parts – The Vespertine [dusk] and The Matinal [dawn].
The colony expands its territory dynamically through sound. During dusk, at a low light threshold each piece begins to hammer out its private rhythm, each activating sequentially depending on its location – those deeper in the forest activating first. The tempo of each rhythm increases as the light falls and it builds to a crescendo of rhythmic layers falling in and out of phase with each other, evoking a feverish ritual. Then one by one they fall silent, awaiting dawn.
This Project was undertaken as part of a residency awarded by the Kielder Art and Architecture Program in Northumberland.