Monday, 29 April 2013

Alexander Stevenson AIR 2013

The Wildman–Prelude

Alexander Stevenson is a Glasgow based artist working across a broad range of media to explore and challenge perceptions of history, cultural appropriation, shared beliefs, personal myths, and the act of re-presentation. During his time at Outlandia he made a short film and a costume. In the film, The Wildman–Prelude the artist is seen in the landscape hand-processing raw, natural materials to fabricate a costume that effects his transformation into 'The Wildman'. Glen Nevis provides an arena for a choreographed, solitary, artisanal performance, in which the landscape is simultaneously framed as a visual backdrop for a play on self-encountering, and as a resource for the maker's basic materials. In his video, Stevenson leaves us guessing where this might lead. 

Time spent at Outlandia went on to inspire Stevenson's Wild Projecta creative initiative in collaboration with Stan Coenders and the MeetInZdonov Arts Space in the North of the Czech Republic to provide a hands-on international residency / networking event for contemporary artists in Europe. 

Video stills from The Wildman–Prelude
by Alexander Stevenson 2013