Is a place to use the creative process in the broadest sense, allowing shared and enriched potentials to emerge through a combination of making, social practice and research. Emphasising the inter-connectivity of sculptural, social, spiritual and psychological space.
Founded in 2008, Fourthland was established as a conceptual place for art practice and everyday life inspired by the idea of bringing knowledge from the peripheries into the center. The practice is led by artists isik knutsdotter; Louise Sayarer and Eva Vikstrom, and the projects bring together inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural groups working with performance as process, object making, sound and collective space. Focusing on tactility through embodied learning and handheld knowledge.Inspired directly through insights into the processes and wisdoms from other cultures, especially in depth enquires into the ‘village scale’ and the use of storytelling and myth. Projects explore topics such as climate change, education, ritual, urban policy and heritage. Investigating ways of a ‘collective relearning of our climate and social conscious’.
Fourthland projects interrupt and open up space, both public and private, through methods rooted in anthropology and myth making, cultivating collective improvisation, trust and care to stimulate new and old knowings. Producing permanent works and ephemeral moments, areas of work include:
Embedding the significance of ‘home-making’ to query the societal through the domestic by co-creating public spaces, gardens and performances with mixed cultural residents on a London Estate, an ongoing project since 2008.
Bringing together publics and interdisciplinary collaborations, where new and unexpected knowledge can arise through the use of performative approaches that interrupt ways of meeting and learning. For example recent project ‘Resilience Lab”, that brought together climate psychologists, psychotherapists, storytellers, climate change researchers and a group of elders to find the substance of resilience.
As prompts to stimulate new poetic dialogues. Artworks as artefacts that are sculpted with natural and discarded materials, subsequently investigating the archiving of ephemeral process.
Utilising methods of experimental pedagogy developed through our practice. These ongoing workshops explore a range of subjects, including public space, collective knowings, and embodied knowledge.
Fourthland is a place to be occupied – temporarily or permanently. It is a space of occupants. At its largest, it is a whole community. At its smallest, it is a core group of starter occupants and a board of Elders
Current research interests explore remembering, movement, dreams and magic. Current projects include, The Storm, Upcoming at Somerset House as part of the Utopia Programme Upcoming Exhibition household and Harvesting a public programme of oral and aural knowledge on Wenlock Barn Estate London.
Fourthland work has been recently exhibited at the Arnolfini, Errant Bodies, PEER Gallery, with recent residencies at Cabot Institute of Climate Change, workshops at Bergen Academy of Art, Cass Art School, UCL Urban Lab and South London Gallery Local.
The formation of Fourthland
Between Land and Sea, came the second rising. Softly held, buried, but not gone. Sounds echo in another ear, tracing steps of folk beyond. Gathered by the hand, carried for a while and passed on. 300 million eggs. The river speaks, carrying with it a new culture. Flooding our ways. Unfolding a new ground to play. Greeting each visitor with curiosity. The pathless mountain, untold and slow moving. Calls deep. Back to where we have not quite been.
Landed here, on the tip of our tongue.
Lead Artists and Starter Occupants
Louise isik Sayarer and Eva Knutsdotter Vikstrom
Based in London, working across the UK and internationally
Currently In Dialogue/ In Residence Within Our Practice
Dr Ben Cranfield, Director of PhD in Humanities and Cultural Studies, School of Arts, Birkbeck
Sarah Deco, Group Analyst, Psychotherapist and Storyteller
Long-term and On-going Collaborators