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VEGA Project Bio-MYNE

VEGA Project Bio-MYNE is an installation and site specific performance originally presented as a live stream. The one hour performance took place inside in an attic from a remote location. This is the first in a series of live stream performances I am currently working on that will exist as a two location exhibition and event series.

Archeologies of VEGA's Garden

2017 chromogenic color print 20 x 24"

The Adventures of the Investigator & Madame VEGA

This film still is from a series of video performances conducted while participating in the HEIMA Residency in Seyðisfjörður, East Island. This continual work in progress includes videos performances drawings, text, and photographs that will mythological archive of characters exploring an other planetary landscape. The characters perform a series of investigations through their own specialized modes of understanding the environment.

Into the Zone (Anthology of Accounts & Findings)

Into the Zone Film Projection KAGRO Station North
2015 16 mm film, video, optical sound, vitrines, objects 5 min. 30 sec.

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About Rachel

Baltimore City

Rachel Guardiola is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in natural history preservation. Her practice investigates the intersection of art, science, and human curiosity to seek the unknown through lens based technology. Rachel is a current Artist Fellow at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington D.C. She has exhibited internationally in the U.S., Iceland, Denmark, France, Italy, Australia, and Senegal. Rachel has been an artist in resident at the Arctic Circle Art & Science Expedition in... more

Archeologies of VEGA's Garden

2017-18
work in progress
edition of unique chromogenic color prints, DIY geodesic dome, living plants

This work in progress in an interdisciplinary project located in my studio which houses a home made geodesic greenhouse, site to a botanical living installation that serves as the stage for photographic and video works. The space has a caretaker known as Madam VEGA who is a time traveling character in a larger narrative situated on an other earth like planet. She is a bio-pirate cultivating various flora in an environment where plants do now grow. The photographs are created with mechanical film photography, multiple exposures, and color darkroom experimental processes to transform a living still life into a virtual flourishing wilderness space through image making.

How to Pollinate a Hybrid

2017
work in progress
video performance series, viewing box

"How to Pollinate a Hybrid" is one of a series of videos that are works in progress. The videos are captured from my geodesic greenhouse and include an ongoing series of in character video performances demonstrating the fantastical horticultural behaviors involved in ecological survival displayed through a series of interactive viewing devices. The fantastical performances conducted by the caretaker Madam VEGA, bio-pirate and time traveler include behaviors, rituals, and horticultural activities which are attempts in cultivation. She tends this garden in secrecy, offering sustenance through experiments that restore life. VEGA is a character from a larger fictional narrative of an alternate earth like planet that was developed during a period of travel through the Arctic Circle in 2016 to 2017, in Svalbard and Iceland. In my practice I travel to extreme climates seeking sites that mirror landscapes to those of other planets.This project utilizes science fiction narratives to discuss the human relationship to a fleeting wilderness. The universe created in the artwork has origin in the ecology of places existing in the present. Desolate other earth planets mirror climactic conditions present in extreme icy desert regions of earth. In these places, Geodesic domes and other sustainable agricultural techniques are implemented to grow food and ensure the wellbeing of populations.

The Adventures of the Investigator & Madam VEGA

Works in Progress
2016-17
This compilation of excerpts is from a video series captured while residing at the HEIMA Residency in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland which is a small village located in a fjord surrounded by particular topography with mythological and geological significance. During this time I spent long periods in the field where I developed specific characters that perform different activities based upon their own specialized modes of understanding an alternate planetary environment. The Investigator is an inexperienced being who has no language, listens through echolocation, and perceives an unfamiliar environment based solely on sense perception. Madame VEGA on the other hand is from this planet functioning on logic. They are a natural inhabitant to the landscape. Through the multiple videos, the narrative is revealed between them. The video series will be accompanied by an archive of drawings, text, object, photographs, and blueprints that explain the fantastical laws of physics pertaining to this other earth landscape, communication devices, and bodily functions the characters exhibit.

Elegy for Sternidae in a Seafarer Haven

2016
video
6 min. 18 sec. continual loop

Captured during a period of travel in the Arctic Ocean surrounding Svalbard an archipelago of Norway, the video is continual and never ending. The title is inspired by an old English poem with unknown author "The Seafarer," a meditation told from the perspective of one solitary traveler to another, who experience both liberation and fear during necessary journey through the perilous sea. The viewpoint is looking into the water; however, it is not clearly defined as from a person or vacant machinery. Radio signals in Danish relay back and forth as the only connection to kinsmen, physically absent and channeled in from elsewhere. There is an analogy of this sea to mythological bodies of water containing the apparitions of generations that have traveled through or permanently residing in the wilderness. The video is presented as a large-scale video projection in a black box space alongside the poem.

Excavations II

2014-2015
chromogenic color prints, archival-ink jet prints, collage, text

Collection of artifacts from an other earth.

Lakeland Chronicles

2016
“Lakeland Chronicles” was a solo exhibition inspired by the means in which we create document, locate artifact, and construct histories. The exhibition included a series of black and white silver gelatin photographs mounted on wooden panels and small individual shelves containing fastened magnifying glasses for viewing the details of the images. The photographs were originally selected from the Library of Congress, digitally modified to extract information, and transferred to digital negatives used for darkroom printing. To each photograph, characters and objects were omitted. The center of the gallery was location to two 4 sq. ft. museum platforms housing two object arrangements. The first platform contained the omitted objects from the photographs that were either fabricated or found, while the adjacent platform contained plaster footprints made with forensic techniques used to track down unknown persons. Numbers under the photographs corresponded to those on the platforms, to draw the connection between the image and evidence. In the vicinity of the photographs, poetic, directional text, and handout of a map to offer further clues to the stories while leaving the narratives open for interpretation. I see this piece an as a playful excavation. Objects are presented using museum vernacular that reinstates truth, while the photograph is able to subvert.

  • Lakeland Chronicles

    2016 installation view
  • The Village; #2

    2016 silver gelatin print mounted on wooden panel, photographs from the archives 8 x 10"
  • The Master Study; #3

    2016 silver gelatin print mounted on wood panel, giant sea sponge 8 x 10"
  • The Technician; #1

    2016 silver gelatin print mounted on wood panel, silent clock 8 x 10"
  • The Huntresses; #9

    2016 silver gelatin print mounted on wood panel, unidentified tool fragments 8 x 10"
  • View of a Living Room; #7

    2016 silver gelatin print mounted on wood panel, stereoscope viewer seeing the moon 8 x 10"
  • Landland Chronicles

    2016 silent clock, silver gelatin prints, giant sea sponge, 3 small vessels, architectural drawing tool kit, volumetric glass flask with sea water, stereoscope with image of the moon, dehydrated vegetable matter, unidentifiable tool fragments
  • Lakeland Chronicles

    2016 Forensic Print Examination; six plaster pairs of human feet. Womens size 5, 7, & 8; Mens size 8, 10, & 12 1/2
  • Dusk at the Twin Monoliths

    2016 silver gelatin print, text, charcoal, wooden box 24 x 30"

Into the Zone (Anthology of Accounts & Findings)

2015-16
16 mm film, video, optical sountrack, vitrines, objects
5 min. 30 sec.

The projection is adapted to the architecture of each site to create an immersive environment.
The projection is presented with objects and text that function as signifiers to the landscape in the film. The objects in vitrines are situated between the projection source and wall to obstruct the pathway of light. As a result silhouettes are cast upon the projection and imagery from the projection is dispersed around the space to create an environment for the narrative to be experienced. The work at large is activated by the viewer as they physically navigate and piece together clues that unfold the history. The physical act of exploration plays a significant role in my practice, utilizing the mechanical functions of the camera to mimic the means in which the body relates to its environment. The perspective, sequence, and rhythm in which technology is used, relates back to a reference point of the universal onlooker navigating an other earth.

Isle of Caprona

2014
16 mm film
3 min. 39 sec.

This full length film contains original and appropriated 16 mm film that is spliced together and treated with a variety of mark-making, paint, and alternative darkroom chemistry. The camera presents a first person perspective of the alien other examining a fantastical landscape neither before or after human civilization. Inspired by the novel The Land that Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Caprona is identified as a lost island where every stage of evolution occurs at once. Analog formats are used based upon my interest in the transformation of substances, and ability for them to reference shifting periods of time; materials that reference the past, while also holding a possibility to withstand digital remnants in the future.

  • Isle of Caprona

    2014 16 mm film treated with chemical additives, paint, and mark-making techniques 3 min. 39 sec. The film contains original and appropriated 16 mm film that is spliced together and treated with a variety of mark-making, paint, and alternative darkroom chemistry. The camera presents a first person perspective of the alien other examining a fantastical landscape neither before or after human civilization. Inspired by the novel "The Land that Time Forgot" by Edgar Rice Burroughs, "Caprona" is identified as a lost island where every stage of evolutionoccurs at once.
  • Isle of Caprona

    2014 16 mm film stills
  • Isle of Caprona

    2014 16 mm film still
  • Isle of Caprona

    2014 16 mm film still
  • Isle of Caprona

    2014 16 mm film still
  • Isle of Caprona

    2014 16 mm film still
  • Isle of Caprona

    2014 16 mm film still
  • Isle of Caprona

    2014 16 mm film still
  • Isle of Caprona

    2014 16 mm film still
  • Isle of Caprona

    2014 16 mm film still

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