Art meets Agriculture
Aerial Roots is a film, exhibition of installations, images, sound and video with an interactive website launched at Angus Digital Media Centre in September 2007. Commissioned by the Scottish Screen Archive Live award, Su Grierson, artist and member of a Perthshire farming family, combed the Archive to find footage of traditional farming techniques and responded by creating new footage and recordings of contemporary farming practices .
The main video Aerial Roots was produced in conjunction with Rob Page at Angus Digital Media Centre and is a vibrant visual testament to the persistence of agricultural husbandry and production over an era of technological and Scientific changes.
An exhibition of additional images, sound works and installation by Su Grierson addressed issues related to agriculture, food and the rural environment.
Food and Farming are always in the news. What we eat and how it is produced has never been of greater public concern. To truly bring together Art and Agriculture, at the opening event on Saturday 15th September market stalls were set up within the exhibition selling great local produce. Organic lamb, beef and chicken, free range eggs, preserves, honey and wildflower seeds, honeycomb, preserves and fruit wines were all available to be purchased or sampled.
Aerial Roots a film by Su Grierson & Rob Page ( editing) bringing together archive and contemporary footage. A visual and creative way of looking at the changes from the last 70 years. Underlying the changes, the farming workforce are still enacting the same routines of continuity like cutting grain, tilling soil or tending beasts and above all, this is still the means by which we as a nation are fed.
'Tag' Video Su Grierson
'The Tatties' Su Grierson with Lee Dorrington ( sound)
'Walking underneath the world' Su Grierson
The projection Bruise is presented as a sensation of noise, movement and fascination as the bruised grain falls and slides like sand on a dune.
Un-natural Selection shows a video of organic eggs rejected for their unacceptable appearance. Rejected eggs are emblazoned with their defect . The video is shown surrounded by sculptural blocks of coloured egg cartons, symbols of mass production.