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Conference Biography

The biography I submitted for the Dark Sky Places Conference, 20-22 September 2017: Laura M R Harrison Artist Laura M R Harrison is an artist based in North Cumbria working in installation based video and audio. Her work focuses on the use of literal darkness in contemporary art and the curation of alternative exhibition venues. Laura is currently artist in residence at the Old Fire Station, Carlisle, for the University of Cumbria’s Immersion/Emergence residency funded by Arts Council England. Set in the context of recent flooding in Carlisle, Laura’s current project Suspended makes use of the reflective nature of the natural darkness and water in the rural locations in which she films. The work produced will draw a parallel between darkness, the moment of relative stillness at the peak of flooding when normal activity ceases, and embracing the infinite possibilities inherent in ‘lostness’ and the unknown. Laura’s interest in Dark Skies stems from many years

Themes of Practice

I'm aware that for anyone who doesn't know much about my practice there isn't anything very helpful on this blog so far. I'm going to try to rectify that a bit by filtering in some posts that give more general information about my work. This post is taken from a presentation I gave to some Fine Art students at the University of Cumbria yesterday evening: Lostness: Which I briefly describe as 'an emotional state of fundamental uncertainty, a profound vexation of spirit where direction, desires or aims are unclear'. This is very much a mental or emotional state rather than anything to do with being lost in a physical sense. Rather than focus on any negative notions that might be associated with such a mental state, I try to investigate the potential that not knowing presents. Being open to possibilities within in the unknown. Darkness: I work with literal darkness rather than anything metaphorical. The darkness that is the partial or total abse

Site-sensitive

Within the initial briefing for the Immersion/Emergence residency it stated that the panel would look favourably on applications from artists taking one, or a combination of, the following three approaches to working: Site-specific Site-sensitive Socially engaged My approach certainly doesn't fall into the third category. The way I work is very solitary, largely in part to the themes I work with and the logistics of making the work, but also due to the very nature of who I am. Also, while audience experience is very important to my work and I take it very seriously, consideration of this comes into play in a more traditional sense rather than through a socially engaged or participatory approach. While some aspects of my practice could be seen as sitting within site-specificity, I don't feel this term really describes my work either. For this body of work the locations I have chosen for filming are very specific to the project and the exhibition is to be held in a p

Failure

Last night, before I left our home for a night of filming, my husband said to me: 'Failure would be not leaving the house tonight.' This was said in response to a comment I made about the filming I was about to undertake potentially being the most likely to fail due the force of the sea. As discussed in my previous post I did take the trip to the coast however, I wasn't able to film and so I reflected on my husband's words. The evening was not a failure. I thought, I wrote and I had the best night I have had in camper car so far. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed my evening and despite it taking me a while to get to sleep I had the best camper car sleep yet, a full seven hours. Last night didn't turn out as planned yet I know it was very valuable to the process of making and understanding my work.  Failure is a dangerous word and one I have to be cautious of. This is worth remembering and carrying with me as I do my best not to 'fail' at this

Planning

Sometimes, despite best efforts, things just don't go to plan. Tonight I find myself sitting inside camper car writing this blog. This was not the plan. I am at the coast tonight. I only come here on certain nights as the ability to undertake work depends on the tide times. In order to ensure safety, filming is only carried out when the tide is high. Along with this the high tide needs to be at a suitable time in the evening/night, often around 1am, so that I can film in natural darkness.  Tonight the times align perfectly and the weather is fair. It should be a perfect night for filming. Yet, I have managed to mislay a crucial piece of kit. One of a pair of small screws that fixes the boat I use to the camera floatation device. Without the screw the boat is not secure and would spend the majority of time during filming out of shot. As a consequence there will be no filming tonight. I have tried to train myself to be meticulous about checking kit before heading out to loc

Digit?

Is that my finger?