In July 2013 we were shortlisted for an English Heritage Angel Award. There was an article about us and Hadlow Tower (one of the other shortlisted projects) in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday 27th July 2013. English Heritage made a film about our project, see left… We did not win our category but we all agreed that to have been shortlisted was a huge achievement. There was not any actual prize but English Heritage treated all 5 of the family to a trip to London for the night and a meal. We stayed at the really lovely Temple Lodge Club in Hammersmith
and had a truly fabulous meal at La Trompette in Chiswick
The award ceremony
and the reception afterwards
gave us the chance to talk to the other 16 shortlistees which was really interesting as we had all seen each-other’s films so we knew the basics about each-other beforehand from the films that were played at the award ceremony at the Palace Theatre.
The winner in our category Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site was Malcolm and James Nattrass for Low Slit Mine, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham (Damon always said the mine would win, but is worried that they will have nowhere indoors to hang the certificate!).
The other winners were for: Best Rescue of Any Other Type of Historic Building or Place; Ivy House Pub in Nunhead/Southwark, London.
Best Rescue or Repair of a Place of Worship; St James’s Restoration Fund and Parochial Church Council for Church of St James the Greater, Ab Kettleby, Leicestershire.
Best Craftsmanship Employed on a Heritage Rescue was the Vivat Trust / Save Hadlow Tower Action Group for Hadlow Tower, Tonbridge, Kent (for the Roman Cement of which it is largely made). The Favourite (as Voted for by English Heritage Members and Telegraph Subscribers) was also Hadlow Tower (rather confusingly behind us in the picture in the Telegraph below!).
Following a really wonderful Frome Festival (see photos on past events) we have next a very exciting Double Bass Festival. There are workshops and concerts from 3rd-7th August. See below for details. If you would like to book for any of these please phone 01963 370051.
OTTER. This is the companion piece to the show at the Silk Mill Gallery until 11th July.
Click the picture below to see the film with words instead of the music sound-track that was audible in the gallery.
For centuries the countryside has provided inspiration for art capturing themes of mental liberation. The title derives from Otter Valley in Devon, the setting of a famous sonnet written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1796. Today otters are nowhere to be seen, Exeter Airport is in close range and civic planning encourages tourism by means of gates and paths, routes which do not deliver any authentic experience. OTTER questions whether the artist’s experience of the countryside has become exclusively urban, fenced in by social introspection and stylisation. OTTER also considers the nature of subjectivity as we impose it on nature. Do we turn nature into a self-conscious object and if so is it time for us to redefine this relationship?
The term Intermedia was coined by Dick Higgins in the early 1960s and is complementary with the Fluxus movement originating in New York around that time led by George Maciunas. Having a declared anti-dada approach, Fluxus ignores rigidity and status using upside-down creativity to make multi-practise based art in happenings or performances. It seeks direct engagement with the audience so that a Fluxus piece is normally completed by the participation of its viewer. We believe that the Fluxus approach is once again pertinent as New Contemporary Art (NCA) and New Contemporary Media (NCM) have increasingly turned towards hierarchies fed from the perspective of an urbanised society and located exclusively within an urban experience.
Intermedia 1/Otter is a non-authored, collaborative performance suitable for a gallery setting following a walk in the country and an odd conversation by Damon Moore, Ciara Nolan, Tina Waller, Dan Gaisford, David Gaitliffe, Jake Hight and Patrick Dunn. Directed and edited by Gulliver Moore, sound by Josie Gallo. The intention is to create an artwork that anyone can understand.