Loosely based on the notion of a stop the rain-dance the video installation ‘Playing the Cave’ was a playful evocation of ancient rituals, myth and man’s desire to gain control over nature. It was developed in response to increase to rainfall due to climate change in the Lake District. Shot in the mouth of a disused mine, during heavy rainfall 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.
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.