March 8th to April 5th 2017
Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 2.30pm
Saturday 9.30am to 4pm
Closed Saturday 25th March 1.30pm
Ordinalia & Huldra Part of Magnetic Atlas Exhibition by artist Tracey Holland
Ordinalia – 12 maritime and railway lamps are free hung into the space, and housed inside are looped films playing on small screens placed behind the glass of the lamp. The title is taken from the name of the 12th century Cornish mystery play which tells of sacred histories, apocryphal stories and miracles, with importance placed on seeing, understanding and believing; literature of the fantastic. The films in the central triptych of synchronised lamps refer to one of these stories, the long, miraculous and symbolic Legend of the Holy Rood (or Cross), originating from the seeds of the Tree of Life planted in Adam’s mouth which grow into saplings and become the three holy trees, ending at the Crucifixion.
These three roods eventually grow together to form one tree which comes to symbolise the mystery of the Trinity. Discarded by King Solomon when it will not fit in his temple and used as a bridge, later it is buried, and over time Lake Bethesda forms above it, whose water has miraculous healing powers. The submerged beam floats to the surface when Christ is born. The 7 lamps which surround the triptych feature a place of ceremony, habitat or environment which is a stage set for ritual, or a site which engenders memory; roadmaps for connective thought. This story of the Holy Rood communicates a cyclically transformative and conductive power, through ceremony and theatrics. The lights dim and the show begins.
Huldra – Film triptych, 8.30 mins duration
This film triptych was inspired by the story of the Huldra. Found in the folklore of Northern Europe and Scandinavia, it’s a tale about a female spirit called Huldra who inhabits the inner reaches of the forest, seen only by the unlucky few. She has various guises, sometimes having a long cow’s or fox’s tail, and appearing during violent whirlwind or deep fog or snow.
Here is a cautionary tale about searching for the elusive and insubstantial until lost for ever.