This summer the Jersey Arts Trust, in partnership with the One Foundation, was host to two International artists in residence, Nissa Nishikawa and Fritz Stolberg.
During their stay, the artists held a series of public art laboratories and worked on a short art film – From This World to that Which is to Come, which was shot in the Island in early September.
Both artists have backgrounds in visual and performing arts as well as filmmaking, and their passion for exploring the diversity of nature and of communities drew them to Jersey to use it as the stimulus for their creative process.
The Public Laboratories
In August the artists held a series of public art laboratories, which invited a wide cross-section of the community to unite in a casual and friendly environment and get involved in the making of various objects, including a seaweed blanket, earth oven and various geometric sculptures. These objects were made with materials that participants gathered or foraged from Jersey’s natural environment, and were designed to feature as props in the final film.
The four laboratories – Seaweed Weaving, Sculpture Making, and the Building and Baking of Bread in an Earth-Oven – all proved to be popular with the public and gathered significant attention from local media and community groups. The scenic outdoor locations for workshops contributed to the laboratories as a whole being a successful and memorable experience for all involved.
Rod McLoughlin, Council Member for the One Foundation, said:
The One Foundation was pleased to support the Arts Trust’s summer residency project which engaged with a range of Island community groups and introduced many people to arts and crafts projects in which they might not otherwise not have participated. It was a further instance of the Trust’s imaginative approach to community engagement and the creation of novel opportunities for arts participation.
The Film (From This World to that Which is to Come)
The film, which was shot in a variety of locations around the Island, explored themes around mankind’s relationship with nature, folklore and the rise and fall of a civilization. The Jersey Arts Trust was delighted to welcome a small number of international crewmembers, including cinematographer Raquel Nunez-Fernandez (For Spacious Sky, 2012 – Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection 2014; Ready to Talk, 2011 – Best Cinematographer at Women’s Independent Film Festival Los Angeles 2012), to Jersey to work alongside a local crew on the production.
Many Islanders were also involved in the making of the film. Community groups such as the Jersey Madeira Folklore Group, Jersey Children’s Trial Bike Club and Jersey Special Gymnasts all played an integral role in contributing to the performances and storyline for the film. The artists also received fantastic support from local families and organisations regarding the use of equipment, locations, props and various animals for the film.
Tom Dingle, Director of Jersey Arts Trust, said:
It was a very special month full of unique and exciting experiences. The Jersey Arts Trust would sincerely like to thank all of the Crew, Artists, participants, hosts, location providers, partner organisations and the many other people who helped to make the residency and the film possible. We would particularly like to thank the One Foundation, as without them we would not be able to deliver the programme that we do. Their support is invaluable.
Post-production for From This World to that Which is to Come is currently underway and will continue into the New Year. The Jersey Arts Trust hopes that there will be a Jersey screening of the film in 2015, details of which will be updated on our website www.arts.je and Facebook page for the film.
For more information about the residency project, film or screenings please contact Alice Bravery, project manager, on 01534 617521 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org