Himali Singh Soin
2016 – video installation
Duration 11 minutes and 11 seconds
Radar Level is set in the world’s first and last geological minutes. Two circles take us to two ancient landscapes. One shows images from the northern hemisphere in Mongolia at the site of the first dinosaur fossil excavation. The other leads us beneath the southern constellation of Nambia, on its old waters.
The video changes from desert to water, as one channel moves back in time, the other moves forward, until they meet and change directions. You can notice a series of dualities and codes in this poetic work. For example, the title and duration of Radar Level are palindromes, which can be read the same backward and forward, indicating a play and blurring between past and future. Dissolving in these images are found photographs of humans in spacesuits before the space age. Do they make themselves ready for a distant voyage? Are the suits meant for protection or for colonial imitation? The sound is a combination of dinosaur sounds and outer space vibrations, both anterior to human existence, yet only known through our anthropocentric, technological re-imaginings.
Himali Singh Soin― Artist
Himali Singh Soin is a writer and artist based between London and Delhi. She uses metaphors from outer space and the natural environment to construct imaginary cosmologies of interferences, entanglements, deep voids, debris, leakages, alienation, distance and intimacy. In doing this, she thinks through ecological loss, and the loss of home, seeking shelter somewhere in the healing power of performance and the radicality of love. Her speculations are performed in audio-visual, immersive environments. Soin's arthas been shown at Khoj (Delhi), Somerset House, Mimosa House, Serpentine Gallery (London), Gropius Bau or the HKW (Berlin), Migros Museum (Zurich), Anchorage museum (Alaska) and the next Shanghai Biennale. Soin is currently Writer-in-Residence at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, and was the recipient of the Frieze Artist Award last year.