A dossier of illuminations and orientations relating to the work of Daniel O'Sullivan.

Monday, March 17, 2014

ROSE: Mark Titchner & Grumbling Fur

Alexander Tucker and I are working on a new collaboration with Mark Titchner. "a hallucinatory new collaboration focused on the use of text and voice, combining multi-channel video with surround sound, this new work has been specifically developed in response to the building’s vast raw environment which will be filled with overlapping and seemingly ever ascending, evolving mantras." It opens at Dilston Grove (Southwark Park, London) on April fools.

'Rose', 2014.


 'Rose', is an immersive four channel video work specially commissioned to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Dilston Grove and the 30th Anniversary of CGP. The work combines large format text with fast cut images relating to the four elements; water, fire, air and earth.

The soundtrack for the work is an original piece written and performed by Daniel O'Sullivan and Alexander Tucker, using 7.1 Surround Sound.

Moving through three increasingly unsettling hypnotic sections, affirmative texts of the kind encountered in self-improvement manual and corporate speak, creep gradually towards something more sinister. This seemingly affirmative, commonly used language contrasting the imaginary landscape of individual aspiration with our real conditions of flawed existence. The work was influenced by interrogation techniques found in the declassified CIA Kubark manual.

The title 'Rose' refers to the symbol of the Rosy Cross. The cross features the letter formula INRI, the letters commonly found above the head of Jesus in depictions of the crucifixion and representing the Latin 'Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum' in English, Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews. However in Esoteric traditions the INRI formula has many alchemical interpretations many relating to cleansing or renewal. For instance 'Igne Natura Renovatur Integra' (Nature is completely renewed by Fire') or 'In Neci Renascor Integer' (In death one is reborn intact and pure). The formula is also attributed to the Hebrew words Iam, Nur, Ruakh and Ieveshah, which represent the four elements water, fire, air and earth.

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