Overview

Part of Illuminations, a festival that presents a fresh, cross-genre, inspiring programme of live music, events and film screenings.

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Rose is an immersive four channel video work specially commissioned for Dilston Grove, which combines large format text with fast cut images relating to four elements; water, fire, air and earth.

Moving through three increasingly unsettling hypnotic sections, affirmative texts of the kind encountered in self-improvement manual and corporate speak, creep gradually towards something more sinister. This seemingly affirmative, commonly used language contrasting the imaginary landscape of individual aspiration with our real conditions of flawed existence.

The work was influenced by interrogation techniques found in the declassified CIA Kubark manual.

The title Rose refers to the symbol of the Rosy Cross. The cross features the letter formula INRI, the letters commonly found above the head of Jesus in depictions of the crucifixion and representing the Latin ‘Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum’ in English, Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews. However in Esoteric traditions the INRI formula has many alchemical interpretations, many relating to cleansing or renewal. For instance ‘Igne Natura Renovatur Integra’ (Nature is completely renewed by Fire’) or ‘In Neci Renascor Integer’ (In death one is reborn intact and pure). The formula is also attributed to the Hebrew words Iam, Nur, Ruakh and Ieveshah, which represent the four elements water, fire, air and earth.

The soundtrack for the work is an original piece written and performed by Daniel O’Sullivan and Alexander Tucker, using a 7.1 Surround Sound.