Stone Tape (2022)

‘A stone tape is a material object that has “recorded” the energy of a past event. Widely popularized by British author Nigel Kneale in his 1972 teleplay The Stone Tape, beliefs in the recording ability of objects and environments span the practices of heritage preservation, paranormal investigation, sound and media theory, and spiritual pilgrimage. But if materials do, in fact, record the past, how do contemporary encounters act as instances of playback?’ (Center for Documentary Art)

I am using my family archive of slide film images from the 1970s to revisit and record the rocky coastlines of the south west, and then employ tactile processes to mould this encounter into the photographic prints.

Stone Tape (2022) Crumpled photographic prints on copy paper, slide projection, archival slide image 320 cm (h) x 150 cm (w)
Stone Tape (Memorial) (2022) Crumpled photographic print on copy paper, archival slide projection 150 cm x 140 cm (w)
Glacial Erratic (2022) Crumpled photographic print on copy paper, archival slide projection
Resonant Cavity (2022) Crumpled photographic print on copy paper, archival slide projection
small publication to go with this project, hand made edition of 30
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By victoriaahrens

My work is concerned with auratic translations, interpretation and fiction in our encounters with the landscape. I use photographic installations, projections and print editions to explore notions of the politics of place, resistance and ruin. I am interested in the spaces between what we know and what we think we know about the world, and have investigated these ideas in a series of installations and prints over the last few years.