Hold Fast, Stand Sure, I scream a revolution
“Hold Fast, Stand Sure, I scream a revolution” is a sound sculpture created for Reid Gallery and Comar as part of Glasgow International 2016. It combines my interest in primitive impulses, invented tradition and our skewed relationship to nature. Taking my inspiration from the politically radical history of Garnethill (the surrounding area of the Reid Gallery), whilst considering the geographical significance of The Isle of Mull as a portal to the underworld. I continue my investigation in to “thin places” anomalies in the landscape which were viewed in
pre – Christian times as access points to the afterlife. Garnethill is situated on a drumlin, a village like community nestled on a steep hill in the centre of Glasgow which has seen the rise of The Glasgow Girls, the Scottish suffrage movement, The Women’s Library and The Third Eye Centre (now the CCA).
The mushrooms cultural and mythological significance became a symbol for entering otherworlds. Mushrooms are imbued in our consciousness as grotesque, magic and poisonous. Closer to humans than to plant life, this confusing specimen holds us in rapture and fear. Whilst at the same time they suggest a “radical mycology” in the way that they grow and live, creating possible solutions to our impending extinction.
As well as this ecological awakening I drew upon more classical representations of “thin places” on the Isle of Mull, such as the lost village of Craciag and its “hanging tree”, now upturned, where a witch was allegedly hung. This history of violence and trauma infuses a dreamscape of slippages and altered states of consciousness explored through DIY binaural recording techniques.
Music composed by Martin Low for a project by Serena Korda
Supported by Glasgow International, The Glasgow School of Art, Comar and The Henry Moore Foundation.
Hold Fast, Stand Sure, I scream a revolution, Serena Korda's exhibition for GI2016 at GSA
Photos by McAteer and Sarah Darling