Several months ago Joana Cifre Cerdà and I started a loose collaboration initially triggered by a then for me topical book: The Day of the Triffids. I made a moving piece about this, got it out of my system so to speak, and our meandering conversation gradually drifted to how the politics of fear and social distancing has affected our behaviour and interactions. We worked slowly, communicated via Zoom to share our experiments. The outcome of this process is now on show as part of BEEF’s (Bristol Experimental Exanding Film group) Department of Moving Images exhibition in the large Centre of Gravity show at at the old Soapworks/Gardiner Haskins in Bristol.
Below is a short text that describes the piece. If you happen to be in Bristol come and have a look. The show is open Wednesday to Sunday. The old Soap Works is a large and airy building complex near Temple Meads railway station.
Preparations by Joana Cifre Cerda and Claudia Pilsl
In this moving piece we explore possible reactions to an unforeseeable event and deal with the persistent numbing anxiety of something that resides outside of our control. The kitchen as a safe zone and locus of comfort is the stage where we engage with our own unique responses and copying mechanisms. Joana vents her fears in a frenzy of cutting and wraps, like a spider, perishables in fine string to store for later consumption whereas Claudia engages with the some of the objects that live in her small kitchen in Vienna. These cooking paraphernalia, with their concrete physical presence and humble functionality affirm that there is still an everyday albeit filled with uncertainty and anxiety. They suggest a continuity from past to present moment with an implied promise of a future where food will be prepared and eaten.