La Mort de l’Arbre / Time Pressure Decay
Turner Contemporary / Crate Project Space
August 15th & 16th
Inspired by a recent residency in the former mining town of Lens, Northern France, this exhibition explores memories of the coal mining industry and the physical traces left upon the landscape. Working across video, writing and sound, Sophie Dixon draws connections between seemingly disparate fragments of experience to examine the unifying power of memory. Resonating with the story of the Kent coalfield, this two day exhibition takes place between the Turner Contemporary and Crate Project Space in Margate.
‘La Mort de L’Arbre (running time 15 minutes) will be screened over the weekend at the Turner Contemporary accompanied by ‘Time Pressure Decay’, an exhibition of photography, text and research on display at the Crate Project Space.
La Mort de l’Arbre / The Death of the Tree (Running time 15 minutes)
‘Any point of a rhizome can be connected to anything other, and must be. This is very different from the tree or root, which plots a point, fixes an order.’
Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus.
The coal mining industry dominated the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region in northern France until the late 1980’s. The abrupt closure of the industry brought irrevocable change to entire communities, forcing them into a political and social struggle still evident today.
In 2012 the Louvre-Lens, a multi-million euro annex of the Louvre, Paris, was built in the former mining town of Lens. Like the Turner Contemporary, the Louvre-Lens was viewed as a catalyst to help regenerate the region through the arts. In the first quarter of 2015 Sophie Dixon undertook an artist residency in the town under the cross-Channel ADRT scheme, one of a series of art-based initiatives associated with the Louvre-Lens.
With its starting point in the striking landscape of Lens, La Mort de L’Arbre connects the coal fields of Northern France and Kent, assembling seemingly disparate fragments of experience to explore the unified significance of what it means to remember.
Still from La Mort de l’Arbre
Over the past few weeks I have been continuing to film the village of Srbska and its former residents who were exiled in 1946. This research formed the basis of my work to date, including my split screen film Wunschendorf.
Using my residency in Lens as a starting point I’m currently developing a new body of work. I’m excited to announce that I will be showing this work in progress across the Turner Contemporary and Crate Project Space, Margate, this August.
Frame and reference have written a post about my recent residencies and forthcoming shows here.
Several of my films will be showing as part of the 51 Zero Voyager film festival this March. The festival is touring a range of artists’ films including a selection from the Film London Jarman Award. The three day event will take place in Lens, northern France.
Click to download PDF poster for event : 51_Zero