Frances Scott: The Diviner

21 Jun 2018 – 22 Jul 2018

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12-5pm, Wednesday-Sunday

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The Bower

England, United Kingdom


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London’s new feminist gallery and publication studio The Bower is set to open in Camberwell, with a dynamic programme of women artists and writers exhibiting in the first 12 months. The debut exhibition will be Frances Scott’s ‘Diviner’. Scott has recently exhibited at Tate St Ives.


‘Diviner’ (2017) takes its title from a short documentary 'Diviner Water in Luppitt' (1976), housed in the South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) in Plymouth. “Diviner” is a term originating from the 15th century to describe a person who might use special powers to predict future events, or for someone who seeks out water under the ground with the use of a divining or dowsing rod. 

Ideas of searching for meaning in matter score the work, structured as a visual and aural script, in which a conversation occurs between voices and incidental sounds in the original recordings. ‘Diviner’ is formed almost entirely from moving image material held at SWFTA and includes archival 'behind the scenes' material on other productions in the South West, amongst them: ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ (1967), ‘Straw Dogs’ (1971), ‘The Shout’ (1978), and ‘Dracula’ (1979); as well as science education films about the cosmos, news reports of UFO sightings, demonstrations against education funding cuts, tattooed memorials, natural disasters and cultic practices. 

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