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Platform Associate Artist Sarah Hopfinger is currently working in the venue to make Wild Life - a brand new performance exploring our relationship to nature. Here she lists some of the key influences behind her work:
A piece of text:
‘Lost really has two disparate meanings. Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing. There are objects and people that disappear from your sight or knowledge or possession; you lose a bracelet, a friend, the key. You still know where you are. Everything is familiar except there is one item less, one missing element. Or you get lost, in which case the world has become larger than your knowledge of it. Either way, there is a loss of control. Imagine yourself streaming through time shedding gloves, umbrellas, wrenches, books, friends, homes, names. This is what the view looks like if you take a rear-facing seat on the train. Looking forward you constantly acquire moments of arrival, moments of realisation, moments of discovery. The wind blows your hair back and you are greeted by what you have never seen before. The material falls away in onrushing experience.It peels off like skin from a moulting snake. Of course to forget the past is to lose the sense of loss that is also memory of an absent richness and a set of clues to navigate the present by; the art is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss.’
A Field Guide to Getting Lost – Rebecca Solnit, 2005, p. 22 – 23
A music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2uW2PmVSe8
And some pictures: