SOURCEMOUTH : LIQUIDBODY
Fri 7 December – Thu 20 December 2018
Public Preview and Artist talk: Thurs 6 December, 6.00 – 8.00pm
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 11am – 6pm / Saturday 11am – 4pm
Peter Scott Building, Hawick TD9 0AS
In the audiovisual installation SOURCEMOUTH : LIQUIDBODY, artist Hanna Tuulikki embodies the flow of water in river systems through choreography, vocal composition, costume and an innovative visual-score.
Hanna spent a month in Fort Kochi learning the ancient theatre and dance tradition Kutiyattam. Originating more than 2000 years ago in Kerala, India, Kutiyattam is an ancient form of Sanskrit theatre. Officially recognised by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, it involves codified gestures of hands, eyes and bodies to unfold narratives.
Training with a leading practitioner, Kapila Venu, Hanna learned the distinct movements between action and stillness in the Kutiyattam’s Nadi Varnana. Translating to River Description, the Nadi Varnana sees the performer become a mimetic embodiment of observations, translating the river cycle into a sequence of codified movements. Traditionally accompanied by a percussive arrangement, Hanna’s Nadi Varnana, poetically depicts the sounds of rain, wind, insects and the effects of water in motion, through her creation of a vocal composition. Hanna has adapted the traditional sequence into three interlinked films.
A silver-painted Hanna evokes the lines of river-flow with her body in the first film, layered and suggesting a liquid flow from source to mouth. In the second film, Hanna uses her eyes to project the direction of water, through choreographed eye gestures lifted up to visualise the peak of a mountain and down gesturing the fall of rain. As her eyes close, the third film shows Hanna’s mouth, which incants a melody drawing on the vocal chanting style of Kutiyattam.
Hanna Tuulikki is an artist, composer and performer based in Scotland, who specialises in working with the voice and gesture. Hanna’s innovative practice spans site-specific performance, immersive audio-visual installation and interactive new media, blending together textural tapestries of extended vocal composition, gestural choreography, iconic costume and original visual score drawings. Her critically acclaimed work has been commissioned and presented by organisations across visual, musical and performing arts in the UK, Europe, USA, India and Australia including: BBC Radio; Kochi-Muziris Biennale; Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh; Marseille Expos; Edinburgh Art Festival; Glasgow 2014’s Cultural Programme; Glasgow International; RMIT, Melbourne; ATLAS Arts; BALTIC, Gateshead; CCA, Glasgow; Travelling Gallery for GENERATION; Tramway, Glasgow; The Space; Tectonics festival; Dovecot, Edinburgh; Cape Farewell; Red Note Ensemble; and Cappella Nova.
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