Sometimes inspiration comes in the form of adversity. We may curse the heavens when things don’t go as planned, but in the end, this source of turmoil can often be creatively fertile ground, and fortune favors those who know how to turn those lemons into lemonade.
In May of 2010, Joanie Lemercier of the international audiovisual label AntiVJ was invited by onedotzero to do a three week residency at Empac in upstate New York. Bags packed and ready to go, he showed up at the airport only to discover that a volcano in Iceland had started erupting, and all flights to and from Europe were grounded due to the volcanic ash. Lemercier returned to his studio in Bristol and proceded to listen to the news and air traffic reports obsessively for two weeks, while the volcano continued to spew.
He did finally make it to New York, and once there the volcano that almost ruined his residency became the central focus of the work that would come out of it. Displayed at last year’s BFI festival for onedotzero, Eyjafjallajökull is a painted wall mural installation that’s augmented to create the sensation of three-dimensional form with the use of projections that employ shading techniques.