|TESSA GARLAND (UK), Another Day West of Highway 62, 2015
Another Day West of Highway 62 takes a fragmented road trip through remote areas of the Mojave Dessert. The work combines both footage collected on the journey and files from the internet to create a constructed reality that exists somewhere between fiction, science fiction and documentary. The work continues the artists interest into investigating curious and unusual places.
Another Day West of Highway 62 is filmed at different sites across California and Arizona and features: The Integratron, a white-domed structure resembling a flying Saucer allegedly built under instruction by aliens from Venus; Giant Rock- a gathering point for UFO believers and conventions during the 1950's and the Joshua Tree Park, a vast expanse of rock piles, stark mountain ranges, and the twisted, tree-like yucca cacti that give the park its name.
The audio is a mix of immersive ambient sound interrupted by recordings from local paranormal radio stations in the area. The recordings have been edited from witness accounts and describe experiences of UFO and alien encounters.
The work begins as a fairly dreamy car journey - large windmills signal and prime you into entering a different zone or landscape, American flags flutter on desolate roads, communications towers pick up local airwaves and discharge persuasive indoctrinating messages. As the journey continues sublime desert landscapes hypnotise and then slip into moments of zealous activity accompanied by a hidden micro world of curious alien like organisms. By the end of the work light spots pulsate and flood into the video whilst the camera searches into the sky for some kind of belief or further dimension - something otherworldly and beyond any rationale.
Tessa Garlandborn in Exeter, UK in 1963. BA in Fine Art by Newscastle Polytechnic. Works on Video art regularly since 2004. Major exhibitions / events:
Videoextravaganza, Showing with Pipilotti Rist, Fischli and Weiss, Dias Digital Art Space, Denmark 2014; Adventures in the Other Screen Trade, Outcasting, Spike Island, Bristol, 2014; The Lab Film Festival at Hackney Wicked, London, UK, 2014
Behold, A Nunnery Gallery presentation, The Ivy, London, 2014; Channels, Australian Video Art Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia, 2013.