Final Year Exhibition

Anadl video still (2)

Natasha Brooks


 “Language, the thinking on the problem, is a more important sculpture even than the end process existing in tools or in paintings, or in drawings, or in carvings. This transcendent character of information, in an invisible world, gives us at the same time the proof… that we are not only biological beings, material beings, but first spiritual beings, not existing on this planet”


Joseph Beuys[1]


With modern technology, forever at our fingertips, stimulation and bombardment from external forces is ever present meaning that peace and solitude are a rarity. Even when time and space is made for mindfulness and the spiritual, true stillness is fleeting, as we are always catapulted back into our chattering individual selves. I am fascinated with this internal battle, the veil that lies between the internal and external, spiritual and material. Within my work I often use water to symbolise this veil that is temporally permeable. Water has the obvious multi faith connections with spiritual cleansing and  baptism. It is completely immersive, all encompassing and has a powerful effect on our physical and mental states. Long distance swimming shuts out the external world and allows me a meditative state. When surfing I find that the speed of action required to harness the waves energy results in a take over of an instinctual reflex, a focus that is so strong it eclipses all other stimuli. In this primeval state, personal energy is so wound up in the energy of the surroundings, the two are harmoniously intertwined.  I have also attained elevated states of mind through free diving, not only because the lack of breath, but because of the experience had in the water, the deeper you go, the more ‘other worldly’ it becomes. Whilst the physical pressure felt on all the body makes you extremely aware of your physical self, being surrounded by the beauty of such an expanse of heavy water around and on top of you allows an incomprehensible, yet deep understanding of our fragile personal existence and eventual unity with all existence.


This body of work had been heavily influenced by the works of Marcus Coates, by both his attempts to blur the barrier between human and animal, but also by his more recent ‘communal works’ which emphasise a needed yet weakened connection between people. It is this connection that I explore in my work. Believing that we are all individual expressions of a single divine source, I feel it is essential to unite with this divinity that is collectively at the heart of us all. I am interested in Jungs ideas of the ‘Collective Unconscious’ and ‘Individuation’. The idea of the uniting of a persons conscious and unconscious mind so that their original unique promise might be fulfilled. For this to be possible it has to be realised that the larger conception of the self is also based on the idea that humans are expressions of a deeper layer of universal consciousness. To grasp the uniqueness of each person, paradoxically we have to go beyond the personal self to understand the workings of this deeper collective wisdom. As Jung states with ‘Individuation’ The deeper we understand our collective unconscious, the more we can flourish as our individual expression.


I have chosen to have one unifying soundtrack for the exhibition as a whole using similar ideas to those of Laure Provost, who often talks about how she plans her video installations, attempting to  surround the viewer with the sound or with the visual elements of the piece so that the audience is completely immersed. The single soundtrack will not only link the different pieces on a deeper level than just context but will also offer an immersive guttural texture to the visuals presented.


The screen in the first projection room is suspended off the wall. I recently viewed Isaac Juliens new film installation PlayTime, a seven screened spectacle that interweaves different stories all connected by the theme of capital. The seven screens were suspended around a large dimly lit room. The effect was reminiscent of James Turrels light and void works, creating a deep feeling of the sublime. This lent a heavy weight to the actual video pieces and completely changed the experience for the viewer. I have taken this idea and suspended my screen off the wall slightly, hoping that despite the restricted space, the slight void created around the edge of the screen will subtly add depth to the videos and their context.


“human beings have developed a new ‘earth consciousness’ that requires the development of a new ‘earth community’, which we need in order for the future of people and planet to be a viable one; A dynamic and evolutionary way of thinking is essential for this development. The responsibility for this evolution in religion, society and consciousness now lies with humans themselves, not external factors, and relies on human efforts of co-operation. There needs to be a reconnection to true unity with the “realisation of spiritual interdependence as much as economic and biological interdependence”                                                                                                    Ursula King[2]


[1] mesch, C & Michely, V.Eds. (2007) Joseph Beuys: The Reader London. I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd. p.427.


[2] King, Ursula. 2013 The Evolution Of Religion, Society And Consciousness: Reflections Inspired By Teilhard De Chardin – Burke Lecture Available at: <; [Accessed 27/02/2014]




blood bean

Highlght tribe video still

Patterns video instilation 1

Patterns video instillation 2


Veil video still








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