posted: 25/09/20 11:28

' hold me beside you ' A Site Specific Installation at Plymouth Art Weekender, 24 -27 September 2020

hold me beside you is a unique installation by Still/Moving for this year's Plymouth Art Weekender: 24 -27 September 2020.

The 2-metre distanced illuminated words respond to the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. The site-specific installation explores the tension of proximity and risk in the physical structure of the Plymouth Citadel’s former gunpowder store. Originally created for The Box's 'State of Emergency' micro commission the words have been reconfigured to magnify our state of isolation and our dependence: our need to keep distanced, coupled with our longing for interconnectedness, revealing a shared vulnerability in the face of the unknown workings of the virus.

The work hangs on the north wall of Duttons Cafe, located above Elphinstone carpark which is one of the best places to see Still/Moving's other project Speedwell, on the Mount Batten Breakwater.

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posted: 07/09/20 15:38

Speedwell is Live!

Speedwell is exploring the idea of 'no new worlds'.

For the settlers on the Mayflower who felt they were sailing to a new world, it was a world that had been inhabited for many thousands of years by indigenous peoples who were greatly impacted by the arrival of the Mayflower and subsequent ships that followed.

We wanted to challenge that idea and to uncover previously overlooked stories of the Mayflower sailing but also to remind people that we only have this world and we need to look after it.

Come and add your voice to the structure either by filling in a tag with one of our volunteers or by adding your voice on our text and audio link

Speedwell's Poignant Message - Plymouth Herald

Re-Informed on the Mayflower 400 website.

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posted: 29/08/20 08:30

Speedwell, A Mayflower 400 Commission to Open on 4th September 2020

Speedwell, a large scale light installation funded by Plymouth Culture and the Arts Council, will open on Plymouth's Mount Batten Breakwater at dusk on 4th September 2020. Currently under construction it can be clearly seen growing on the horizon from the Hoe and the Barbican. See Speedwell Project page for more info.

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posted: 19/08/20 11:30

'touch' by Still/Moving, "A State of Emergency Commission" by The Box, Plymouth's new Museum

Still/Moving have been awarded a State of Emergency Commission by The Box, Plymouth's new museum, art gallery and cultural centre. The project titled 'touch' explores the two metre distance of safety forced under the pandemic regulations, a distance which paradoxically shows care through remoteness while enforcing isolation, yet in cases of coercion, hides from view those subject to a cruelty of touch.

The work explores these spaces, navigating from the distance of the horizon to the proximity of the home; the local. Moving through levels of intimacy and forms of touch from the caress of a lover, the lifting of a child to sharing a companionable proximity, the phrases ‘HOLD ME’, ‘TOUCH ME’, ‘BESIDE ME’ will be created using a low voltage LED technology.

The Box will open to the general public on Tuesday 29 September


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posted: 19/08/20 00:21

Léonie Hampton commissioned to create new work in response to seeds in Exeter Museum, RAMM’s collection

Still/Moving's co-founder Leonie Hampton new commission from RAMM, will explore the Exeter museum’s collection of seeds and herbarium sheets in dialogue with her own photographs of seed experiments, the garden and family. Creating a ‘story about love, growth, family and the archaic wisdom of plants’ the new artwork will place Hampton’s photographs of living and growing plants alongside that of the collected, dried seeds in the museum.

See: RAM Museum for more info

Otolith microscope

If we could play a fish’s otolith like a record – what stories of the sea would we hear?

Otolith – like humans, fish have ear bones called otoliths that help them to navigate, to know which way is up or down. What’s special about fish otoliths is that, like tree rings, a new ring is laid down every year. If we look at these otoliths under microscopes, or examine the minerals inside them, we discover that they hold lots of information. We can find out lots of things; how old a fish was, where it travelled, what it ate, and if it had times of stress. The otolith offers us a diary of a fish’s life. Looking at the beautiful microscope images of otoliths reminded me of records, and how the lines on them hold information, sounds, maybe memories. Imagine if we could play a fish’s otolith like a record – what stories of the sea would we hear? Would we hear about how they are having to travel further north because of warming seas? Would we hear about their encounters with plastic? Would we hear other creatures, machines or plants that share the ocean?

On our doorstep sits the Atlantic: gateway to all the World’s conjoined oceans and seas and home to an abundance of lifeforms; a liquid archive of history and witness to many arrivals, transits and departures.

Coming into the 400th anniversary year of the story of the sailing of the Mayflower, many of the key impacts of that voyage are themes still being felt globally today. Migrations, new terrains, fears of invasion and the importance of the preservation of environments and the sustainability of ways of life are echoed across the centuries, inflicted or suffered, over and over again.

These issues are mirrored in ocean science. In a time of climate emergency, we are witness to unprecedented migrations because of rising sea temperatures, the settling of new underwater territories by species that have never roamed as far north and the degradation of pristine environments through increasing salinity, plastic detritus and dredging. These horrors are not new, but instead represent the cumulative residue of the dominant minority’s lack of attention to the impact of our actions, of our consumption and waste and our blindness to the effects of these actions on our human and non-human companions.

How we make sense of this information, how we navigate a way towards a more attentive way of living are the questions I am tentatively wrangling with during this residency and my wider artistic research and practice. I am an artist mainly working with moving image and sound, whose work focusses upon the idea that we are now inhabiting a geological era dubbed the ‘Anthropocene’; a geological era where the Earth we stand upon and the seas surrounding it, are inscribed by mankind’s (Anthropos) activities. Carbon deposits laid down during the Industrial Revolution, radiated materials emanating from the first nuclear tests and plastics embedded in Arctic ices are all tokens of mankind’s impact upon the Earth.

I am interested in investigating the reverberations of the ‘Underwater Anthropocene’ in the World’s ‘One Ocean’, a view that perhaps we don’t normally consider, and of investigating many ways of knowing and learning to live in this era. The environmental and humanitarian violences unleashed by the sailings across the Atlantic continue to echo and wound and there are many stories today which speak to mankind’s continued inattention to the world around us or the over-consumption of a wealthy minority.

It seems to me that many communities, animals and plants already know how to live sustainably, and I hope, in this project, to explore some of these stories through listening. I will begin by listening to underwater stories, literally, by placing microphones in this realm, and listening to those experts who work with the plants, animals and organisms in this environment. Relating animal and plant stories to those of humans, journeys will be traced into, under and across the Atlantic. With the support of the National Marine Aquarium, Take A Part and Plymouth University’s Marine Institute, I will gather sounds of the Sound to create a visual and aural picture of this territory and some of the stories it contains.

With thanks to

Martin Hampton, Director of Photography

Thomas Daguerre, Underwater Footage produced by Hydromotion Media

Chris Muirhead and Ben Shepherd, DMS Vinyl

Clare Embling, Kate Fuller and Katherine Herborn, Plymouth University’s School of Biological & Marine Sciences

Maria Wild, Karen Vanstaen and Lisève Fierens, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Pete Bromley, Plymouth Fisheries, Sutton Harbour

Loveday Trinick, Mark Parry and Nicola Bridge, National Marine Aquarium

Kim Wide, Beth Richards, Rhys Morgan and Gem Smith, Take A Part