SUB ROSA - 3 channel video installation, Rabbit Island Residency program 2016. 

Exhibiting from 17 May – 30 September 2018 at York Art Gallery, United Kingdom.

SUB ROSA has just been announced as 1 of 100 international contemporary works long-listed in the Aesthetica Art Prize, 2018. It will be published in the Aesthetica Anthology 2018.

By Nicola Collie & Chelsy Mitchell

As close, ongoing collaborators our work together documents site specific improvisation with film, projection, and stills. From a movement perspective, Nicola's sinuous improvisations elicit a direct emotional and kinetic response to a site-specific environment. From a documentation perspective, Chelsy's sensuous dream-like aesthetic, inspires a unique feeling of contemporary nostalgia. We often make work through long, singular takes and without the use of a monitor for review - creating a feeling of being a fly on the wall rather than watching a performance.

Immersed in a total video environment, we wanted to project the viewer into a vast, hypnotic state of flux. Choreography in a world without gravity. One weightless body glides through suspended luminous particles dancing in the water. Sub Rosa was born on an underwater stage-like sandstone shelf extending from the shore of Rabbit Island - a remote, undeveloped island 3 miles off the coast of Michigan in Lake Superior, USA. Our aim in making Sub Rosa was to create a viewing experience that pays equal focus to performer and environment, highlighting conservation and the symbiotic relationship between subject and setting. Kill nothing but time, and take nothing but footage.

 

14TH FACTORY ARTIST ACTIVATION, LOS ANGELES 2017

Site-specific performances in 'Clean Air Turbulence' - Simon Birch, 'Garlands' - Lily Kwong, 'Tannhauser' - Simon Birch

Accompanied by Ania Catherine

 

FOR ALL MY PACING, I DO NOT MOVE

Directed, choreographed & written by Nicola Collie

Produced by Sarah Hawkins

Official selection at LA Dance Film Festival '17.

Premired on RUSSH TV

 

VACANT LOT, MALIBU 2017

Accompanied by Elle Erdman

 

ALTITUDE STRETCH, NEW YORK 2015

Shot by Chelsy Mitchell