Calum Stirling

Image: Comma, (video still)
Copyright the artist 2015

Calum stirling - Burnt Sierra: audio, rocks and samples

Burnt Sierra
Atelier Am Eck, Dusseldorf.

In his solo show Stirling presents a group of existing works and new work made during his Anna Löbner Glasgow/Düsseldorf Exchange Residency.

The show includes three new work. Burnt Sierra, an audio, ferromagnetism and geology project. Dumont: Study for a bronze cast, a 10m inflatable and Words still Warm. Alongside these new words are two existing works, the recently completed set of CNC self portraits and the single screen video work, Interlude from 2004.
During his residency the artist has been researching and testing the potential of magnetically embedding audio into ferric materials, ranging from iron oxide and iron meteorites to steel car parts and tram lines. The inspiration for the project was the conjectural notion, arising from a Scottish coastal walk, of magnetically imprinting spoken word recordings onto oxide coated stones from a mine outflow. The artist has been collaborating with scientists, engineers and online groups on the theory and practical aspects whilst simultaneously investigating the process in relation to its historic lineage of rock art and human documentation of existence from Palaeolithic times onwards. The installation also features a recorded reading by Barry Burns of the transcript from the artist’s recent forum discussions about the process of magnetic tape recording onto rocks.