A record of an evolving correspondence between two artists and friends, who exchanged video clips back and forth from 2017 to 2020.
“Water flows and creates an in-between, a space that feels like it isn’t at times,” assert GX Jupitter-Larsen and Todd Anderson-Kunert on their collaborative work Hydrology Suspended. Taking the form of a series of video clips, each clip a response to the last, that the two artists exchanged back and forth between the years of 2017 through 2020, the film is an investigation of these liminal spaces, as well as a record of the intimate spaces of everyday life.
“To discuss this space created between bodies feels like a contradiction,” the artists continue, “but in remembering that we have bodies, and that we can interact allows a certain solace, a connection between disparate places, thoughts, and people.” Each clip situates us in a separate moment of mundanity, the transitions signalled by tonal shifts in Anderson-Kunert’s glacial electronic score. As we are presented with a series seemingly disparate objects – a kitchen table, and unmade bed, an open window – a cohesive beauty and stillness of domestic space is unpacked and examined.
“It feels incorrect to assume that this connection could create parallels, that these bodies share the same feelings and thoughts,” the artists admit. “But there is always a chance that connections can be made, formed, and broken, and ruminating on the possibilities can lead to thoughts greater than our actual experiences. Jumping in puddles is not simply about splashing water.” Bodies of water provide connective portals between the two artists, the sea, a fresh water stream, a stagnant pond, a broken fire hydrant and a boiling stovetop coffee pot all connecting in a strange network of liminal space, enclosing that which exists in the places between people.
“If we were offered the possibility of suspending our hydrologies,” Jupitter-Larsen and Anderson-Kunert conclude, “it could offer the potential to further dissect, and explore, the spaceless place of the in-between. What it is between us, and what happens if we jump in it.” Shifting between seismic low end and ecstatic high frequency, Hydrology Suspended situates that which is in between, locating it in an oscillation between sound and image that exists as both the product and process of a correspondence between friends.
Todd Anderson-Kunert’s score for Hydrology Suspended will be available at Room40 on March 12, and is available for pre-order now. Todd’s new album, You Promised, arrives on April 9, and is available to pre-order now. For more information about his work you can visit his website and follow him on Instagram.