Les Pierres Parlantes
The idea for making this video environment came whilst reading an article entitled The Voice and The Stone by philosopher Mladen Dolar. He tells the story of the statue of Memnon which was part of a temple built near Luxor in 1350. The temple had been standing for many years when an earthquake destroyed it and damaged the statue leaving a large crack or fissure. At dawn as the sun rose the statue would emit a sound. The legend tells that the stone represented Memnon, the son of Aurora, the goddess of dawn. Each morning when visited by his mother her light would give him voice.
I was interested by the fact that the statue does not speak for/by itself. It kept its voice inside. It was only as a consequence of the earthquake and the subsequent
crack that allowed the light to shine in and give it voice. I take this idea from the story of Memnon and use in my video environment, the sense that the light from my videos shines into the damaged cracks of my sculptures and gives them voice. For this environment I made seven large stone shaped sculptures approximately 1 - 2 meters high. Each sculpture was hand stitched together using old linen flour sacks. I placed them in a semi circle and projected two films running simultaneously one on the back and the other on the front. As viewers enter the space they see the film on the front but they can not see the film on the back. The idea being that only the inquisitive will be aware of the occasional light flickering on the other side and be tempted to venture to have a look. And when they do, they will get the true story of what is hidden in the cracks of the stones.
Site specific video environment; seven sculptures with double projection at La Brousse, Sers, France. May 2017.
Sculpture, Film & Curation by Trisha McCrae
Performance by Lulu Lockheart and Faith Obae
Sound & Music by Enfer, La double vie de Veronique by Zbigniew Preisner, Triptik Ensamble