Rachel Rose / Wil-o-Wisp
Nov 2, 2018 – Feb 3, 2019

Rachel Rose / Wil-O-Wisp

Rachel Rose (United States, born 1986) is the inaugural recipient of the Future Fields Commission in Time-Based Media, an initiative that supports the creation of innovative new work in video, film, performance, and sound by emerging artists. Rose’s commissioned video installation, Wil-o-Wisp, marks her first work based largely in live action, which she combines with her hallmark video editing to explore how coincidence and the practice of magic influence the fate of a woman in rural England during the 1500s and 1600s.

 

Rachel Rose / Wil-O-Wisp

Rachel Rose / Wil-O-Wisp

Rose frames the story of her protagonist, Elspeth Blake, against the setting of the Enclosure Movement, the systematic privatization of common land in England that spurred tumultuous, violent upheavals in agrarian life. Elspeth is first introduced as a wife and mother in 1570, when her daughter, Celestina, sneaks out of the house at night, an act which carries grave consequences. In 1603, Elspeth reemerges as a mystic, healing a man through transference – channeling the life force from one being to another through magic. Spied on by a townsman and reported to the town’s prefect, Elspeth is led away to face persecution.

 

Rachel Rose / Wil-O-Wisp

Rachel Rose / Wil-O-Wisp

These chapters of Elspeth’s life are modeled after accounts of healers persecuted for their practices, which were considered deviant and threatening within an increasingly regulated society. Weaving together the harsh realities of the rural English landscape with ghostly sprites and the ethereal forces of magic, Rose questions how our perceptions of the world, and of others, can so radically change within the fluctuating norms of society and the seismic shifts of history.

Rose’s installation evokes these shifts in its materials, producing a moiré effect – a shimmer-like rippling of light – through two layers of scrim that line the interior of the room.

 

Rachel Rose / Wil-O-Wisp, installation, Photo Paolo Formica

Rachel Rose: Wil-o-Wisp / The Future Fields Commission is organized by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Future Fields Commission in Time-Based Media is a collaborative initiative between the Museum and the Fondazione. It is a platform to support, on a biennial basis, the production and co-acquisition of work created by compelling new voices in video, film, sound, and performance every two years.

The work by Rachel Rose Wil-o-Wisp (Moiré Installation) will be jointly acquired by the two institutions.

 

Rachel Rose: Wil-o-Wisp / The Future Fields Commission
November 2, 2018 –  February 3, 2019 / Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Curated by Erica F. Battle
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