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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.

The Adventures of the Investigator & Madame VEGA (And Their Archeologies)

This segment is from a series of video performances conducted while participating in the HEIMA Residency in Seyðisfjörður, East Island in the last few months. This series is a work in progress including a series of videos, 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.

Figure 32

unique c-print diptych accompanied by text

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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

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.

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.

Lakeland Chronicles

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

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