The Poacher’s Dream

Visningsrommet USF, Bergen 15.11.2018 19.0025.11.2018 20.00


The exhibition The Poacher’s Dream by Eleanor Clare og Dillan Marsh consist of multiple channels of sound and video – spoken and sung narratives that unfold as one moves through the space. BEK has been advising the duo while they were developing the project, and has contributed with technical equipment for the production of the work and for the exhibition at Visningsrommet USF.


Opening Thursday 15th November at 19.00
The exhibition is open 16th – 25th November at 16.00 – 20.00 every day except Mondays


He saw something in the darkness. He searches his memory for its form. It was here, it left its shadow with him; he can feel its presence. It watches him, waits for him. He is caught in its flow now; it draws him in, through the darkness and down the narrow passage.

The Poacher’s work is to trespass; inhabiting the dark and hidden places. He penetrates his prey with a bullet, or untangles its entrails from trap.  He is well acquainted with the insides and outsides of things, with the dead and the living, with creation and destruction. Under the skin, much is fluid. This is where the unconscious is at work, digesting and processing and merging and separating matter.

The exhibition will consist of multiple channels of sound and video – spoken and sung narratives that unfold as one moves through the space. Much of the inspiration for this work came from being in a landscape – of walking in the woods or approaching monuments, connecting these experiences to folk tales or the mysterious practices of early cultures. The artists have had an extensive research period over the last few years at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where we have gathered material. All the audio, including music, is either from manipulated field recordings taken on site or vocal recordings.


About Eleanor Clare and Dillan Marsh

Eleanor Clare has a background in live performance, sound installation, voice and writing, while Dillan Marsh has worked with installation. Their collaboration began as an exploration into how the reflective nature of writing and the driving force of art making can influence one another. It has since become a meeting of performed action with installation, object and text. They work with field recordings, research in archives and experimentation with writing, voice, performance, making objects and drawings.

Aspects of Clare and Marsh’s work appear crude and hasty, revealing the process of making. Their intention is to create a bridge between the time based aspects of the work and the physical ones, offering an entrance to a fictional space. There has been a constant fascination with the concept of portals – of finding passageway from one state of being to another, particularly with regard to accessing the creative drive. They experiment with the suggestion of a journey or transition, accepting that creation and destruction are part of a natural cycle, and of giving themselves up to this as we seek to become immersed in the creative process.

Read more about Clare and Marsh here.


Go to Visningsrommet USF’s website here.

This exhibition has been kindly supported by Bergen Kommune and BEK.