FIRE MOUNTAINS OF THE ISLAND
Most hikers we met along the way: they all had a plan traced from the beginning. Ours were traced as we went along.
The making of this work began with one desire, a metaphor, and a single verse.
—Where is the bed of ashes? I want to get there.
Darkness visible is an experience of confrontation to the difficulties, in both physical and psychological ways. Reimagining an earth beyond Kant's theories where there is no Correlationism or no being but the earth-in-itself, or keeping a close with the Kant's ideas about the sublime, the landscape in this project is no longer a comfortable retreat or a getaway, but a quite hostile environment in which body and mind are challenged, revealing at the same time the smallness of the subject and the greatness of his/her faculties. Couto's proposal towards this experience of asymmetrical powers is the dissolution of the subjectivity into the landscape, and that's why Tibetan mandalas and the martial art of aikido have a strong presence in this project. Smooth movement, flexible strength and conciliation with a hard environment are the key to favor a re-birth from adversity.
Darkness Visible: The Agency of Objects and Being in Time of Theorization of Love, War, and Materiality
Solo exhibition in progress
Title: The Agency of Objects in Time of Theorization of Love, War, and Materiality
Title: Fie Mountains of the Island Part 1
In her 2015 movie, Couto chooses Posmork National Park and the volcano Eyjafjallajökull as a site for engagement. Since April 2010, this is an area with high seismic, volcanic activity, and one major eruption. She produced a film after hiking for three days exploring the area and performing at the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic rock canyon.