photos: marta ferracin (left)
Spell emphasises materiality through the senses. A pile of mulch is exhaling a natural scented vapour of eucalyptus which acts as an animated presence. Spell is a pause for wonder. Wonder for the surrounding and natural phenomena such as water becoming steam with the rising and cooling temperatures. Within a cultural context, Spell is also an attempt to acknowledge several Indigenous cultures who have maintained a direct contact and exchange with the environment. Particularly, Aboriginal people and Indio Amazonian performing smoke rituals to welcome visitors in their land and to purify the air. While in North East of Italy, the area where Ferracin comes from, farmers use smoke to interpret the harvest season ahead. The video are creating the ephemeral mood of the steam exhaling from Lane Cove river.