Noumenon a film by Calum Stirling
RSA Residencies for Scotland project, An Talla Solias, Ullapool
Premier Screening at the Ceilidh Place Clubhouse, Ullapool
Friday 13th of June at 7pm
Screening includes an introduction and a Q&A session post screening by the artist Noumenon will be screened with the artists film short The Double Diamond
For further information click HERE
Running time: 25mins
Noumenon, in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, refers to the thing itself (das Ding an sich); a world unmediated by perception and therefore unknowable to man who is bound by his perceptions and knowledge of phenomena. For his RSA Residency in Scotland, Stirling began by experimenting with a series of underwater scenarios, filming off Gairloch, Tanera Mòr and the Summer Isles, Dorney and Achnahaird. The artist built a set of specially designed camera caddies and dolly rigs to capture specific shots and explore the sea, remotely finding new visual means en route to convey the essence of the work.
The sea becomes both an optical medium and a physical restriction, allowing the viewer a potential glimpse of the noumenal world underwater. Film, sculptural objects, sealife and appropriated elements from a 1973 German science fiction film are combined to present a psychoaquageographical journey around the intertidal coastline of the West of Scotland.
Stirling repurposes subtitles, dialogue and soundtrack elements from the 1973 science fiction film World on a Wire (Welt am Draht) d. Rainer Werner Fassbinder 1973,with interventions from the artist on an obsolete circuit bent Casio keyboard. Based on the 1964 novel Simulacron-3 by Daniel F. Galouye, both film and novel were early investigations of themes surrounding what would become known as virtual reality. The plot details a simulation program hosting an artificial world whose inhabitants are unaware that they are not human. The apparently disjunctive components which Stirling manipulates function in somewhat the same manner as the Simulacron computer. As described by the critic Ed Halter in his notes to the Criterion edition of the film “The computer here plays a role akin to that of Descartes’ “evil demon,” a theoretical entity who jams false information into all of the subject’s senses, bedeviling the realization of cogito ergo sum with the specter of solipsism”.
Ullapool will be the first screening of this new work.
Noumenon will accompanied by the film short The Double Diamond, see info below.
The Double Diamond
A Walls of Light: CCA Moving Image Commissions
Running time: 10mins
Working with the book Besoin de Vélo by French writer Paul Fournel, Double Diamond takes us through the physical and philosophical landscape of a cyclist using voiceover, idiosyncratic filming and cycle sound recording techniques against the backdrop of the Scottish landscape to transport us into a cycling world both familiar and unfamiliar. Filmed across Scotland from Dumfries to Sutherland the video includes passages of fact, illusion and speculation referring en route to Scotland's long association with the bicycle, from Kirkpatrick Macmillan to Robert Millar, Graham Obree and Chris Hoy.
Commissioned by CCA to mark the beginning of Glasgow's tenure as host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the six films explore the ways in which artists can respond to sport in its broadest sense, as well as the social and cultural impact of the Games on the city and its people.
About the artist:
Calum Stirling’s wide-ranging practice encompasses sculpture, sound, moving image and architectural intervention often for one off commissions or responses to non-gallery locations. Recent works have focused on exploring illusion, perception and chance occurrence in relation to both static and mobile sculptural form and space. This practice combines analogue, digital and traditional sculptural media and techniques in installations devised for specific locations, such as Rostra Plaza his large-scale expanded cinema installation devised for the Mitchell Library at Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2008 and the project Landstylus devised for Makrolab to translate the topography of the Scottish Highlands into sound. He is currently working on a number of projects. A noir comedy filmed in an east coast fishing village and nuclear bunker and a sculpture project transforming political data into cornicing for the Edinburgh Arts festival.
Calum Stirling (b. Edinburgh Scotland) graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design Dundee in 1987 gaining a BA Hons in Sculpture. Stirling has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad with shows in countries as diverse as Germany, Canada, Norway and Australia and has carried out numerous residencies. Recent solo exhibitions include Hypobaric Empyr, Spring Fling Commission, Craigieburn Gardens (2010), Rostra Plaza, Glasgow International, Mitchell Library (2008). Selected groups shows and projects include Reclaimed, Wasps The Briggait for Glasgow International 2014, Collective JukeBox Archive (1996-2004), The Contemporary Art Center Villa Arson, Nice (2012), Calum Stirling y Bobby Niven – Time Will Tell – talCual, Mexico City (2012), Against Anti-Intellectualism a group exhibition at +44 141 Gallery Glasgow (2011), The Dwelling group show Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) Melbourne (2010) and Walls of Light, CCA Commonwealth Games film Commission Mediations Biennale, Poznan Poland (2010). Stirling has been involved in several large-scale public art commissions including Sculpture Park commissioned by NHSGGC as part of the artwork programme for the New Victoria Hospital on the Southside of Glasgow (2009), Tilt-Shift a locws International Commission, National Waterfront Museum Swansea and a public seating commission in Space Makers Park Bristol (2004). He is a previous board member of Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Market Gallery.