Stratum: Maeve Brennan, Erica Scourti
Beit Iksa Boys, Maeve Brennan, 2013, 8mins
Secondary Sources (auto-edit), Erica Scourti, 2016
This screening reflects upon the process of extracting data. Scourti dredges data from her own archive of diaries, passing them through automated editing and visualisation apps. Brennan’s subject is the limestone quarries in Jerusalem’s West Bank where Dynamite is not permitted so instead labour intensive mechanical approaches have been adopted. The wrestling of data from the artists’ body and mining of stone from the occupied landscape perform a posthuman moment, in which body and landscape, object and process, become one machine. Putting aside historical notions of mediation or collusion with machine, instead geological landscape and the human subject synthesise with the operation of gleaning resources to become stratum; a technical machinic juncture, where the process of making visible also functions to compress time. The works will be shown together as a loop, projected upon a suspended screen in the Glue Factory’s Tank Space, reflecting upon inter-relationships between their practices, and applications within #temporarycustodians research.
Maeve Brennan (born 1990, London, UK) is currently based between London and Beirut. Her practice is research based, concerned with a material understanding of politics and history. She is currently working on a film commission for the Palestinian Museum, Ramallah (2016). She has exhibited and screened at Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Chisenhale Gallery, London, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, OUTPOST, Norwich, ALFILM, Berlin, Alwan for the Arts, New York and Nuit Blanche, Toronto. Maeve was a participant of Home Workspace Program, Ashkal Alwan in Beirut and is a member and co-founder of Sharna Pax, an artists collective working between the fields of visual art, anthropology and documentary.
Erica Scourti (born 1979, Athens) lives in London. Her work in video, performance, online and with text has been shown recently at FACT, Hayward Project Space, The Photographers’ Gallery, Brighton Photo Biennial, Kunstverein Munich, Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Museo Reine Sofia, Kunstmuseum Bonn, IMPAKT Festival, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Banner Repeater and Grand Union. She has presented performances and talks at the ICA, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, DRAF and the Southbank Centre.
The Glue Factory | The Woodmill | Glasgow International 2016