Jessica Sarah Rinland
Dissecting the Exploding Whale
5-27 October 2013, Friday – Sunday 12-5pm
Preview: 4 Oct 6-9pm
I was artistic co-director at Limbo between 2010 and 2015, and led the programme between 2012 -15 working with a team of wonderful Kent-based artists, curators and writers, including Daniel Bass, Helena de Pulford, Mike Foreman, Tam Hare, Jo Murray, Lizzy Rose, Sam Slattery and Charley Vines. The programme was generally not prescriptive - we invited artists whose work we really admired to work with us and did our best to support their ideas as well as we could.
Jessica Sarah Rinland's work investigates and unifies opposing themes, drawing equally from her education in fine art and film production. Her films, writings and installations interweave found and original material, highlighting the incongruity of factual accounts, or presenting fiction in documentary form.
In 2011 she encountered a stranded whale on the shores of Pegwell Bay, Kent. Struck by the immensity of the mammal, the spectacle that it created, and the scientists that were performing the visible necropsy, she began to investigate the reasons why they strand. The elusive truth behind the behaviour of these creatures, difficult to discern through theories that often seem as outlandish as folk law, has become the subject of her current body of work.
The exhibition at LIMBO consisted of two rooms containing a series of film works, slide projections and sound recordings. The first room investigated the phenomenon of whale strandings and the second, the culture of whaling. The rooms operated in synchrony - with slides and audio clips playing in a specific sequence - aiming to create a filmic sense of time for the viewer navigating the gallery space. A script for a feature length film, Exploding Whales, accompanied the show, while the audio from the unmade film played in the gallery.
Jessica Sarah Rinland graduated in Fine Art from Central St Martins, having also spent a semester of Film Production at Tisch, NYU. Her film Nulepsy screened and exhibited nationally and internationally including: Bloomberg New Contemporaries, New York Film Festival, London Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Anna Arbor Film Festival, broadcast by Canal+ and BAFTA long listed.
She was filmmaker in residence at Virtue and Industry, at Picture This, Bristol in 2010 and has attended the Berlin Talent Campus and Locarno Filmmakers Academy.
Most recently her film Electric Oil won ICA’S Best Experimental Film at London Short Film Festival 2013.