TABOO - TRANSGRESSION - TRANSCENDENCE
in Art & Science
27-29 September 2023, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta
‘an exercise in solitude’ is a short film, made on iPhone about walking with technology, as a way to re-think solitude and isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the impact of technologies on our social and ecological existence. It draws upon Kate Crawford’s notion of technology as geological processes, as a way to engage with the practice of walking as artistic process. In this case, the work pays close attention to the technological devices at hand, the mobile phone, as a potential route to new imaginaries.
The work places the artist researcher within the complex, contradictory and transgressive relationship between technology and the environment, paying attention to an appreciation and deep concern for the natural world, as a therapeutic, nourishing space and the effect of the technologies at hand, and our place within it. The work draws out and ponders technological imaginaries made manifest by solitude, as a reflective, nourishing state, to reflect on what is truly indispensable to the reality of our future real-world ecosystems’ survival. The film was created during the Covid-19 pandemic as a response to the artist’s use of walking as a creative way to think, reflect and make.
Beverley Hood is Reader in Technological Embodiment and Creative Practice, and Director of Research in Design at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. She is an artist, trained in Sculpture and Electronic Imaging, at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Canada. Her creative research interrogates the impact of technology on the body, relationships and human experience through the creation of digital media and performance arts projects, and writing. She has extensive experience of collaborative work and project development involving a range of practitioners, including medical researchers, scientists, writers, technologists, dancers, actors and composers. Beverley’s work has been performed, screened and exhibited at leading international venues including: Stockholm Kulturhuser; Edinburgh International Festival; CCA Glasgow; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Cornerhouse, Manchester; and it was shortlisted for the New Technological Art Award 2014 - Update_5, at the Zebrastraat Museum, Ghent, Belgium.