Ophelia in Exile

Ophelia has been in quarantine for an indefinite period of time, in an unknown location. She has been exiled from the outside world: from contact with people, with nature. Her world is sterile and lacks colour and scent. Even her understanding of her own body in relation to her environment is transforming, becoming more and... Continue Reading →

A History of Unnecessary Developments

Here is a record of my exhibition with my friend and long term collaborator, poet S J Fowler, which was on between 18th April - 2nd May 2021 at Willesden Gallery London. Despite the fact that not many people got to see it, given we are still in the midst of various restrictions, it was... Continue Reading →

Wormwood Frottage

As part of the upcoming exhibition A History of Unnecessary Developments, made together with artist and poet S J Fowler and which opens on 19th April at the Willesden Gallery in London, I became interested in working with frottage. This surrealist technique, often used by children, is in fact a wonderful way of getting to... Continue Reading →

Wormwood project continues

A History of Unnecessary Developments: A new exhibition at the Willesden Gallery (95 High Rd, London NW10 2SF) Opening times: From 19th April – 10:30-4:00 Mon – Fri; 10:30-5 Sat; 12:00-4 Sun Tereza Stehlikova & Steve J Fowler April 19th to May 2nd 2021 A longform collaboration between the artist-filmmaker Tereza Stehlikova and artist-poet SJ Fowler takes... Continue Reading →

minerals

Yesterday morning we went to the Natural History Museum in London. The first weekend after the lockdown. Tickets needed to be booked in advance. Normally I wouldn't even consider visiting at the weekend, it's always horribly busy. But not today. We walked in and it was wonderful to experience the space so empty. The busy... Continue Reading →

Feeding the Senses in Lockdown London

I am sharing here some stills taken from a video I filmed on Friday. This was part of a field trip I organised for my 'Expanded Animation' students. I wanted us to get away from the computer screens, from the clinical environment of the campus, which is currently a rather ghostly and underwhelming space. It... Continue Reading →

Ophelia in the Looking Glass

Here is a little moving glimpse into Ophelia's world behind the mirror, or is it a computer screen? We followed Ophelia as she drowned herself inside a bowl of soup as if it were a lake, during her last supper. After that the shadow Ophelia travelled into the darkness of Candid Arts Club underworld, dressed... Continue Reading →

The Transparent Senses

How do we relate with our close ones when they are far, unreachable, and displayed to us through a flat screen designed to keep us safe, at distance? We see them, we talk to them, the information flow passes between us, courtesy of our advanced digital world. But how do we really keep in touch... Continue Reading →

Underwater Ophelia

We know that Ophelia drowned, she took a plunge into a large soup bowl, where wild flowers floated, making her departure from this world rather aesthetically pleasing. She has been washed out elsewhere, into a world I am trying to understand, for reasons I am also trying to understand. But before that, briefly, she appeared... Continue Reading →

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