Greyness | Harmaus is a solo exhibition by London based artist filmmaker Katie Goodwin presenting her latest films: Lightness and Kaamos.
Lightness is artist Katie Goodwin’s first 16mm film exploring the wonders of the night sky and the challenges of seeking such wonders in Britain due to burgeoning light pollution. The film is inspired by an unforgettable night camping under the stars in the Australian outback a decade ago and the artist’s frustration whilst in London at looking up at the night sky and seeing orange. A little bit of magic disappears from our grey world. Lightness is a quest to relive the outback experience and find the Milky Way. The film was shot on location at the end of summer 2014 in Greenwich, London, home to the Royal Observatory, and in the remote village of Glenelg, Scotland, a community trying to attain Dark Skies status. It portrays the struggle between our modern urban life of safety and compartmentalisation and our inherent need to connect with nature, experiencing magical moments that stay with us forever. An occasionally philosophical and often poetic view of the world, told by the Royal Observatory astronomers Tom Kerss and Dr Marek Kukula, is interwoven with stories and footage of the Glenachulish crew operating the community owned tourist ferry which runs between Glenelg and the Isle of Skye.
Kaamos, the sister film to Lightness, is also shot in 16mm and in two locations, in the very south and very north of Finland. The first part was filmed whilst Goodwin was artist in residence on the 18th century fortress island of Suomenlinna near Helsinki over the winter of 2014-15. The second part was filmed when the artist travelled to Lapland in mid December, to dwell in darkness and experience Kaamos (the polar night), where the sun does not rise for two months. As if in respite for the lack of sun, the Aurora Borealis appeared on the first night. The film’s narrative, spoken in Finnish, explores the impact on the artist of living with minimal daylight and the changing nature of the northern hemisphere winter, due to global warming. As a result of the season, Kaamos is a more insular film than Lightness, but they both were filmed using similar time-lapse techniques and have overlapping themes. Kaamos uses a mixture of horror film references along with humour. The minimalist soundtrack was made in collaboration with Lappi sound artist Janne Simila, who accompanied Goodwin for part of the filming of Kaamos.
Lightness was generously funded by Arts Council England and Kaamos by the Australian Council for the Arts and British Council’s International Development Fund.
Katie Goodwin is a London-based artist and graduate of Goldsmiths and Wimbledon College of Art. She has previously exhibited at TAP and in galleries and film festivals worldwide, including Tate Modern, ICA, Barbican, Site gallery & S1 Artspace, Sheffield, CAST, Hobart, MADA gallery, Melbourne and National Museum, Trinidad and Tobago. Prominent exhibitions include New Contemporaries 2011 and the touring exhibition 971 Horses & 4 Zebras. Her first solo show at ArtLacuna, London in 2013 screened the Wellcome Trust funded film Small Wonders, nominated for Best Documentary at London Short Film
Festival in 2015. Previous artist residencies include Pixel Palace in Newcastle Upon Tyne, 2011, and at HIAP in Finland 2014-15.