Annette Arlander
Year of the Tiger
Stills, video
Gallery Jangva
11.1 - 29.1.2012

During the year of the Tiger 2010 I have explored how changing the point of view influences a landscape by video filming the same landscape from four different directions once a week for a year and thus producing four different views of the same landscape. In addition I have video filmed some small studies of sitting in the landscape and looking for affinities between my white scarf and details in the environment, from the salt on the sea shore to bird droppings on the rocks.

The main work in the exhibition is a four channel video installation, Year of the Tiger, I walk once a week for a year on decomposed stone base of a building, wrapped in an off white scarf and lie down on a small white mat in the corner of the ruins. I have repeated these same actions four times and video filmed them from four different directions. To lie down in the open on the ruins of a house perhaps produces associations to homelessness, or to the helplessness of contemporary man in circumstances of nature. The main purpose of the work, however, is to bring attention to changes in the landscape due to the shifting seasons, weather and climate; thus to demonstrate time, the passing of time. The work also demonstrates how images are constructed, how a change in perspective changes the meanings of a landscape.
The Year of the Tiger is one part in a series of twelve one-year projects filmed on Harakka Island. The series, which I began in 2002, is based on the Chinese calendar and its cycle of twelve years, with each year named after a specific animal. Works videoed in the year of the Rat (2008), were shown in Katarina gallery in November 2009 and the work videoed in the year of the Ox (2009) were shown in Muu gallery in September 2010. Every year I have looked for a new perspective on the landscape, a new aspect of the environment and a new kind of relationship between the human body and the place. My working method utilises the traditions of performance art, video art and environmental art, moving in the borderland between them.



Annette Arlander