a project by

Jessica Warboys
Morten Norbye Halvorsen

Opening: Friday, December 6 at 7 pm in Zuidwal 52
Performance: Friday, December 6 at 9 pm in Zuidwal 52

December 7, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Open: Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm,
and by appointment

The term 'placer' has multiple meanings including: a deposit of sand or gravel in the bed of a river or lake, containing particles of valuable minerals, or a person who positions, sets, or arranges something. It is also the starting point for a collaboration by Morten Norbye Halvorsen (N) and Jessica Warboys (UK) in Walden Affairs. Here they bring together recent work, including film, painting and objects.

Amongst the works are Halvorsen's new film 'Placer' which is shot in an ancient holy Sami site in Lapland. This site, an alluvial gold field also holds the traces of small scale gold mining from as early as the 17th century. Amplified field recordings, accompany the journeyer through the landscape.The film is illuminated by the promise of the mythical figures of Stallos (1) appearing to be embodied in a caste of dolomites found at the edge or the Barents Sea.

The film 'Hinge Bow' by Jessica Warboys explores relationships between bodily movement and the cultural unfolding of materials that are drawn, literally or figuratively, from natural environments. Loose visual relations between body joints and box hinges, to pigments and bows – music making and hunting are proposed. The work was filmed in São Paulo, Brazil, guided by a search for the few Pau-Brasil trees in existence in parks. Considered as noble as well as mythical, this timber tree was one of the first natural resources to be exported from Brazil by the Portuguese during the sixteenth century. The tree lends its name to the country, and was originally exported for its red-dye. The wood itself was also used for making musical instruments in Europe.

Object and painting based works 'Endless Staccato' (MNH) and 'Hinge Box' (JW) are anchored to the walls and floors of Walden Affairs, these play out rhythms and gestures through colour and geometry. Paintings travel as boxes, to be opened and expanded in the space, moving between cargo, painted trunks, and sculpture. Likewise the collapsible 'Endless Staccato' travels light - delineating space, when pieced together.

(1) Stallos are mythical figures from Lapland. They are large, human-like and eat people. The myth goes, they were greedily trying to run with gold from the forest, until they were turned to stone at the edge of the Barents Sea, when the sun came out.

On the opening night at 9 pm Morten wil perform a live improvised set mixing field recordings, acid lines, synths washes and percussion.

Website Morten Norbye Halvorsen
Website Jessica Warboys

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