Amy Cutler London, United Kingdom
I'm a cultural geographer (w/ PhD) and multi-media artist who focuses on overlooked, surreal natures, natural history, nature noir, site, & memory. I create films which draw on landscapes, research and experimental nature cinema, but I also write (including artist's books), work as a painter in different forms (oil/acrylic/gold leaf and salvaged materials), and perform texts with musicians.
For my day-job as a research lecturer, I teach cultural imaginations of nature and write on cultural and philosophical imaginaries of hard-to-define British landscapes (particularly forests and wetlands); I have a particular focus on the histories and aesthetics of murk. This all affects the strands of my artistic practice, which includes a series of experimental landscape films made with musicians, including settings with the French pianist Delphine Dora of the mystic nature poems of Kathleen Raine, and a series of collaborations with the drone metal musician Bridget Hayden. I would particularly be interested in opportunities which allow me to work with a specific landscape site or a specific history/ecology.
I often perform my writing with projections and with various musicians, including the multi-instrumentalist Sylvia Hallett, with whom I've developed live works inspired by natural history and textual sources about unloved or parasitic natures, from ballads to early popular science (our settings include 'Black Guillemots', 'The Life of the Fly', and 'Glaucus'). Some of these are available as recordings. I also have a training in painting, often taking natural history or existing historical sources as starting points, as with my most recent commissioned record cover for the Trembling Bells, which was based on traditions of the "Wild Hunt" in German woodcuts. I paint most often with oils and gold leaf, but work with mixed media depending on the projects.
In my work as an artist-geographer-performer I particularly like thinking about what group projects or collaborative techniques can do which our individual work can't, particularly when it comes to ecological themes, so I am particularly interested in being involved in group installations and projects; my PhD was partly on artist's books, small presses and innovative publishing or "the book as exhibition", and my own work of this kind is available from various presses. I'd like to use this website as a curator as well as an artist; I run exhibitions and live cinema events from themes ranging to eco-horror to virtual landscapes to forms of social memory (details in "past projects").
Time, The Deer, Is in the Wood of Hallaig (Curated Exhibition)
02/01/2013 to 11/06/2013
This exhibition curated in 2013 by Amy Cutler investigates the properties of forest memory through text, archive, and “xylarium”, or wood collection. Between the French horticultural term “forest trauma” and Robert Pogue Harrison’s “forests of nostalgia”, a whole discipline around history, witnessing, and the memorial qualities of...[Read more]
|St. John on Bethnal Green, London||Details|
Pine (in Nature Reserves exhibition)
01/08/2013 to 30/09/2013
GV Art is pleased to announce Nature Reserves, a new group exhibition curated by Tom Jeffreys. The exhibition seeks to examine human understandings of the natural environment, and features work across a rich range of media – photography, printing, sculpture, sound and projection – by 12 contemporary artists. In addition there are archival...[Read more]
|GV Art & Science Gallery, London||Details|
11/03/2011 to 01/12/2017
PASSENGERFILMS is the ongoing monthly cultural geography cinema Amy started in 2011, conceived of as "the car-crash of cinema and geography". After six years it's still going strong with drinks, live/immersive events and thinktanks: please see the main PASSENGERFILMS site for up to date programmes and further details on past screenings, special...[Read more]
LIAR LYRE was a live film-scoring experiment curated by Amy Cutler at the Wellcome Trust as part of the public drop-in weekender ReMaking Nature (6th May 2017). It was made up of nine brand new collaborative compositions, improvisations, and experimental re-scorings of nature documentary clips, with a dreamy line-up of colour morphing...[Read more]
|Wellcome Trust, London||Details|