NowhereSomewhere is a 2-screen film installation inspired by Morris’s utopian novel News From Nowhere. Fowler explores the resonance between Morris's vision and Organiclea, a food growing co-operative based in Waltham Forest where she herself is a gardener. The footage, shot over the Autumn and Winter season is combined with fragments of gardeners reading from News From Nowhere. On a second screen, as the new growing season arrives and seeds are planted for the coming year, community members reflect on their own dreams for an imaginary future London. This visually engaging piece of work includes 16mm film, hand-processed by Fowler at Organiclea using an ecological formula. She worked on site in a temporary film lab, and experimented with natural dye to create the film.
The installation is accompanied by Fowler’s seed packet project, in which she invited gardeners and others around the Borough to share their visions for the city of the future on empty seed packets.
The final film was created in collaboration with sound artist Andrej Bako.
Rosalind Fowler is an artist and filmmaker with a background in visual art and anthropology. Her work explores the politics and poetics of place and belonging in the contemporary English landscape through the prisms of folk culture, alternative communities, science fiction, pre-history and dreams.
Her work has shown widely, including at the ICA, William Morris Gallery, BFI, Plymouth arts centre, Milton Keynes gallery, Pumphouse gallery, BBC Birmingham, and Fundação Manuel António da Mota in Porto. She was the 2015-16 artist in residency at the William Morris Gallery. www.rosalindfowler.co.uk
Supported by Arts Council England