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SHOW AND TELL #13: Pernille Spence

Pernille Spence is an artist based in Scotland who has been creating moving image works, installations and performances since the mid 1990s.
 She’s created work for the sky, working with a team of skydivers, been lifted into the air by 22 giant weather balloons and devised a series of performances that took place in over 50 locations in the landscape alongside railway lines from Aberdeen to Glasgow. She’s coming to Alchemy to present the installation House Arrest: Domestic Actions 1-11 that she created together with Zoë Irvine (who’s also coming!).

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Good health and time to do the things you really want to do

2. What lies at the heart of your own desire to make films?
Can’t think of anything else I would prefer to do!

3. What are the first things you do in developing a film idea in response to a subject?
Research and dream

4. What’s your favourite film and why?
Pina by Wim Wenders, it’s one of the few films that I could watch over and over again and never tire of it.

5. From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
I don’t have a favourite but I love the poems written by Raman Mundair

6. If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?
A bird – I envy the way they move through the air

7. What is your greatest extravagance?
Doing something inessential and enjoyable…it is hard to find this space when life is so full of demands, deadlines etc.

8. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Creatively – inspiring art/films
Spiritually – beautiful landscapes
Emotionally – my children

9. What is your final word?
I dare utter a final word for fear of dying and returning as a bird that is shot in hunting season.