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posted: 27/09/21 14:37

NO NEW WORLDS @ COP26

We are crowdfunding to take the NO NEW WORLDS sculpture to COP26 in Glasgow in November and need your help to make it happen

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/...

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posted: 20/05/21 16:52

New Solo Exhibition by Léonie Hampton opens at RAMM Museum 18th May- 5th September 2021

Commissioned to complement the touring exhibition Seedscapes: Future Proofing Nature, Léonie Hampton’s body of work engages directly with the ecological emergency through a series of photographs that celebrate her vegetable garden, her family and friends, and the seeds in the collections at RAMM, Exeter. The exhibition is runs from 18 May to 5 September 2021. See here for more information.

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posted: 24/11/20 10:15

Event: Indigenous Artists Panel

Still/Moving and Survival International in partnership with Dr Stephanie Pratt and Melinda Schwakhofer, invite the artists Cannupa Hanska Luger, Candessa Tehee, Ian Kuali’i and Jules Koostachin to discuss the complexities of the 400 year Mayflower history and their individual artist practices, in a panel chaired by art historian Dr Stephanie Pratt.

When: Tuesday 1 December 2020 At: 16:30 – 18.00GMT

Free Eventbrite link: CLICK HERE

During the month of November we have created multiple spaces for indigenous voices to be AMPLIFIED. Please submit a short quote responding to: ‘Tell us what the history of the Mayflower means to you.’ By following the links below or emailing us directly on amplify@stillmoving.org these will be added to the NO NEW WORLDS tags which are written and tied to the sculpture in Plymouth UK, and posted through social media: /StillMovingCIC & @StillMovingCIC

Through the Survival International Map: https://www.survivalinternational.org/campaigns/mayflowerskill

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posted: 11/11/20 17:43

Still/Moving IN CONVERSATION: Dr Stephanie Pratt and Survival International this FRIDAY

Marial Quezada from Survival International, Sam Maltais, (Aquinnah Wampanoag), Dr Stephanie Pratt (Dakota) and Still/Moving will discuss the current campaign, #Mayflowers Kill. This conversation will introduce November’s Native American Heritage Month, and reflect on the place of NO NEW WORLDS and other artworks within commemorative programmes such as Plymouth UK’s Mayflower 400 Commemorations.

When: Friday 13 November 2020 At: 16:30 – 17:30 GMT

Free Eventbrite link:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stillmoving-in-conversation-dr-stephanie-pratt-survival-international-tickets-125853911437


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posted: 12/10/20 11:33

Speedwell 'Starter Tower' Talks Program

Throughout the duration of Speedwell's installation on Mount Batten Breakwater a series of 'in conversations' will be held between Still/Moving and invited speakers to discuss some of the themes raised by the project. The talks will be live-streamed online. Click here for a full list

Next up: Still/Moving IN CONVERSATION: 'Connections' with Marianne Brown 16.10.2020 @ 13.00

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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


https://www.theboxplymouth.com/state-of-emergency-micro-commissions/still-moving

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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: RAMM Museum for more info

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Pharmakon

A sculpture by Still/Moving commissioned by the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology at the University of Exeter 2022.

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This sculpture reveals the invisible and often overlooked kingdom of fungi that exists among us.

It is inspired by the way pathogenic or disease-giving fungi move through a human host and the extraordinary ways our immune system responds. The sculpture does not claim to be a precise rendering of a fungal and human immune interaction. Instead, it tries to capture the feeling of a speculative entanglement.

We have taken the word Pharmakon, which can mean both remedy and poison, killer or cure, as the title for the sculpture.

We wanted to make visible the precarious dance between a healthy host and disease-causing fungi, and the tension that exists in this balance.

Pharmakon explores Candida, one of the pathogenic fungi studied within the MRC Centre,, in the form of Candida Albicans, which grows delicate, branching hyphal strands from rounded mother cells.

In the sculpture the human host is invisible, but it is present in the silhouette that the hyphae and their mother cells trace, and in these immune cells called macrophages or Phagocytes, that they encounter.

We began the design process by imagining a cylindrical laboratory core sample, like a very small biopsy, taken from a human, in which fungal hyphae are exploring and growing in their search for nutrients, while at the same time the macrophages try to keep them in balance.

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Watch video to see how Pharmakon was made

Pharmakon is a general call to be more curious about the microbes that make up our worlds. In its essence it is a mycelial warning that the wonder of life is held in a delicate balance



Working with the traditional proportions of classical and figurative sculpture, it brings to human scale an imaginary journey of fungi, as it seeks out nutrients and avoids regions of scarcity.

The macrophages shape-shift as they try to limit the fungi’s spread. These astounding interactions are going on inside us all the time.

As Adilia Warris brought to our attention in our interview for the commission a quote by George Bernard Shaw: ‘Stimulate the phagocytes, drugs are a delusion’ which points to immunotherapy and working to stimulate these systems of healing that nature has provided.

The sculpture was first made in wax and then cast from recycled bronze using the lost wax process, a technique first documented thousands of years ago.

We have used the commission to learn how to work with wax and bronze casting and it has been an extraordinary learning experience, that Paul from Phoenix Art has patiently guided us through. We are very grateful for his generosity.

We have made a film about the making process which is available through the QR code (on the plaque which takes you to a dedicated webpage about the sculpture.)

We are interested in the way bronze has been traditionally used to commemorate and celebrate colonial projects. We deliberately chose to use bronze in a public open space for another purpose, to draw attention to our multi-species world, much of which is under threat due to ongoing colonial practices.

Traditionally artists will decide the colouration of a bronze sculpture by applying a set of chemicals to control the process of oxidisation of the copper in the bronze. Green, brown or black are the most common patinations you will have probably come across.

We have decided to leave Pharmakon to develop its own patination slowly over time and its final colouration will respond to and depend on the ambient atmospheric conditions here in Exeter. What you see now is it in its raw bronze state.

Fungi are some of the least studied, and least understood pathogenic microbes that can infect humans. The ground-breaking work that scientists at the MRC centre for Medical Mycology undertake is a narrative of hope, but also reminds us that our entire world is underpinned by the microbial kingdoms that sustain but also threaten our existence.

This collaboration with MRC has been a non-hierarchical relationship, which has brought their research into dialogue with our own methodologies and it's been an honour to be able to have access to their expertise.

Pharmakon is a general call to be more curious about the microbes that make up our worlds. In its essence it is a mycelial warning that the wonder of life is held in a delicate balance.