Playing the Cave (2015)

Video Installation, Tullie House



The video installation ‘Playing the Cave’ was a response to the said increase to rainfall in the Lake District attributed to global warming. Shot in the mouth of a disused mine the video work rejects an the traditional understanding of landscape through representation by going below the surface and looking at the tunnels left behind from one of the most actively mined areas in the United Kingdom.

The work actively seeks to disrupt the coherent image and narrative. The trancelike, rhythmic and tribal, soundtrack is composed of individual raindrops recorded inside the cave with the help of experimental recording techniques.

Each beat triggers a new image. Fractured experience becomes a means of subjugating content to image, image to sound and sound to chance. Through this process the decision-making is one step removed from the author. Loosely based on the notion of a stop the rain-dance ‘Playing the Cave is a playful evocation of ancient rituals, myth and man’s desire, often futile, to gain control over nature.

New Expressions 3 has been made possible by an Arts Council England National pathfinder programme that fosters collaboration between contemporary artists and museums.

Uta Kögelsberger is based in London and lectures at the University of Newcastle.