Sol Archer

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Sol Archer (1983) is a Netherlands based artist working through collaborations with professional and non-professional groups, considering the encounter as a space of production. Frequently employing video as an apparatus for producing a doubling of experience, productive of work through collective act, and through the work productive of new collectivities, new ways of being together.

His work has been exhibited widely, including in the Sydney Biennial, Sydney, AU; Rozenstraat, Amsterdam, Golden Thread, Belfast, Northern Ireland, NL; Le Crac19, Montbeliard, FR; Index Foundation, Stockholm, SE; TULCA, Galway, IR; Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, FR; MuKHA, Antwerp, BE; and more.

Residency programs Sol has participated in include the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, NL; Capacete, Rio de Janeiro, BR; IASPIS, Stockholm, SE; Vicinities, Belfast, UK; PHLOX, Huns, NL; AIR Anterp, BE; Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, NL; and Digital Art Studios, Belfast, UK

Projects

black sun

Video Produced for the Sydney Biennial 2013

Opening with a shamanic chant recorded as a witness statement 20 years after the Tunguska event, a meteorite strike in Siberia, Black Sun follows a personified High Speed Stock trading algorithm, voiced by a Scottish accented voice synthesiser, travelling after its colleague, a data aggregator bot. In a story loosely based on Heart of Darkness. The narrative details physical effects the infrastructure of HFT is having on the natural world, and lenses the incommensurability of global finance with the human scale through natural history influenced visuals. To repeated refrains from Black Sabbaths “Lord of this World” the narrator takes in Starling and Shark Migrations, rapidly obsolescing technologies, intertextual links to alchemical treatise, Pythagoras via Tristram Shandy, and ethnography. A looping pace to the visual and aural environments draws on trance states and rhythmically rebuffs attempts at cognition.

 
installation at Sydney biennial

palace in the left

Video 2012 shown in the Sydney Biennial, Australia 2013, and the Whitechapel Gallery, Open, London.

‘Palace in the Left’ charts a web through hyperlinked information. Scraping fragments to text about the religious, scientific, fossil and cultural histories of humming birds, photosynthesis, quantum physics, cloud formation, suspension, and arti cial intelligence. Narrated by a voice synthesiser it charts a reflection on the impact of information technology on knowledge and the sinister spread of computerisation into our lives and homes.

Slow paced video of humming birds, Greenland from the air, light prisms on Spiders webs, sunlight through leaves, cloud formations and bubbling crystals struggles against the droning voice and repetitive electronic music in a dance between empirical seduction and rational distancing.

 

grendel

Deep in the woods a German accented voice synthesiser warns us of the dangers of water dwelling creatures deriving from alternative histories and dimensions, and considers the possibilities of life’s perseverance in places made too toxic for all known organisms.

orogen

Orogen Series, 2010 folded digital prints.

Site Specific folded photographs of geological features, formed around existing architectural elements.

sol archer 2019