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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: RAM Museum for more info

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Consequences and A Great Remembering

Shawna Bluestar Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape, Azteca) (Turtle Island, “North America”)

Consequences and A Great Remembering
by Shawna Bluestar Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape, Azteca) (Turtle Island, “North America”)

They had "a blueprint for not just colonization of the Americas, Turtle Island, but for the exploitation, domination and genocide of its peoples. Did you know.... that the Inter Cetera papal bull issued by Pope Alexander V1 May 4, 1493 called for non-Christian nations to be reduced and subjugated ("barbarae nationes deprimantur")? -Steven T. Newcomb

I often reflect on what happened to our people, our great Indigenous nations, of the great accomplishments, and our Original Free and Independent existence dating back to the beginning of time. I think about what happened to our beautiful and deep connections, our bond with the land, our Mother Earth, and the majestic trees, the pristine waters, the clean air, the vast beautiful rolling hills and valleys. I consider what happened to the profound knowledge and wisdom, and the language systems of our elders and ancestors based on thousands of years of history from time immemorial.

Women and Nature were once placed on the altar to be honored and held in sacred regard. The wisdom of the elders was held in highest regard. Sometimes I cry and ask, where are the old ceremonies and songs and dances, and will we find our way back? I also celebrate that we are still here, with our deep understanding that we are connected to our ancestors and our original spirituality. Many of us still understand our Original Instructions; we understand what it means to be a good human, a good ancestor, to have a good heart and honor our interconnection to all things and each other. To consider the wellbeing of the people, our love for the Earth as our Mother, to remember the animals as kin; to be giving, caring, honest, to have humility, respect, honor, courage, love, and not to take more than is needed, to carry the wisdom to live by these Original Instructions. These are all simple yet profound values the modern world has forgotten.

It's only been about 250 years since the founding of the United States; and it is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing to the continent now called North America, to the Wampanoag Nation territory. History books in the Western Hemisphere show the perspective of this story looking from the ships coming to shore. They speak about Columbus as a hero. They glorify the idea of “European discovery of lands and peoples."

Yet behind their use of the word “discovery” is a history of domination, dehumanization, displacement, slavery, genocide, rape, and torture of our Indigenous peoples. Is this really something to be celebrated? In the name of God, Glory, and Gold? Ame-Rica means love of riches. Where did the gold and the silver that went to Europe come from? Where did the sugar and slaves, and what they deemed “free land” come from? When do they acknowledge with respect the Original Peoples and lands of Great Turtle Island and Abyayala to the South?

It's important to reflect on a different perspective of the story as we see into the mindset of greed and entitlement that has led to the present-day imbalances and crises—the social, political, economic and ecological crises we are seeing. It's important that we begin to examine the root cause of the turmoil, injustice, disease, anxiety, anger, deep depression, grief and collective trauma, to see that this is related to a pattern of domination and dehumanization that was carried by the invading colonizers. Values and ideals shifted when the sword, war, vengeance, and greed were placed on the altar, when domination, dehumanization, consumption, greed were celebrated.

It's time we look at the consequences, of what this has led to. This pattern of the Domination Code has led to modern-day challenges of chronic disease in body, mind, heart, and spirit, with toxic masculinity, suppression of women and the two-spirit community, dysfunctional families, abuse of every kind, life destroying, life consuming economic models that do not support and sustain life. We cannot continue on with these patterns.

We've been seeing the terrible consequences to our planet, the warming and pollution of the waters, destruction of eco-systems, burning of the rainforest, and the effects on innocent animals and peoples. This domination code has been woven into the inner workings of society and takes the form of bias, racism, systemic oppression, dehumanization and diseases as a 'normal part' of modern-day life.

We are in a time of awakening for the world. It's time to pause and reflect on the ways we've been living, how we've been treating ourselves and each other, and our planet. We are feeling the effects of a big wake-up call. The Shadow is being illuminated in order for us to all to heal. This shadow is the collective trauma of our planet and All Peoples. What are the repercussions, the consequences of living disconnected from our heart and spirit and nature? What happens to a society and world when we forget where life comes from?

It's time to honor and recognize the truth of the history that hasn't been told: the story from the perspective looking from the shore at those ships coming to Turtle Island; the story told from the Indigenous perspective. It's time to see the repercussions and consequences of the displacement of Indigenous peoples, and how as a result this now affects all people and the planet. It's time to acknowledge the historic grief and continuing trauma from the children forcibly taken from their families and put into reeducation schools and beaten for speaking their language, forced to assimilate into a foreign culture, aimed at eradicating our Indigenous existence and ways of life.

It's time to acknowledge the ripple effects and dire consequences this has for all peoples and our precious planet. We are now seeing the opportunity of a great awakening. Let us move away from visions clouded by greed, overconsumption, and patterns of domination and dehumanization.

As an alternative to the Domination Code, I speak to The Reverence Code based on ancient and Indigenous wisdom and spiritual connection. This is a time of reconnection to our hearts and spirits, to consider the greater good. It's time to a come to a deeper understanding that we are all in this together. It's time to see the importance of learning about decolonization education, studying the negative effects colonization has had and continues to have, on Indigenous Nations and peoples and on all peoples and the planet.

It's time to find innovative and creative solutions that benefit All Peoples and the Planet. It's a time to acknowledge and remember the ancient ways and knowing of Indigenous Peoples that withstood the test of time for millennia, and to shine a light on the way forward with this great knowledge, to help restore harmony and balance.
This is a time to honor and celebrate Indigenous peoples throughout the world, for their great knowledge and wisdom of living in harmony and balance with the natural world that withstood the test of time for millennia. The world is in desperate need of finding this balance again right now. Time is of the essence for our planet and future generations.

It's time to uplift and celebrate the resilience, beauty, art, and music of the Indigenous Original Nations of Turtle Island and across the world, all Indigenous nations and cultures. It's time to honor and restore the diverse Indigenous nations’ cultures, arts, languages, architecture, science, music and ceremonies.

People are wanting answers now, and it's time for people to come together in a good way. All of humanity and Mother Earth is in need of deep healing, and I see we're all in this together. There are simple yet powerful solutions that our Indigenous elders and ancestors can provide, offering an understanding of harmony and balance, of love for Mother Earth, with sustainable practices of living with the natural world, and a deep consideration for the next seven generations and beyond. This is needed now more than ever.

This is a time for people to find a sense of compassion, respect, love, and patience, with themselves and each other. We can turn things around in simple and practical ways, starting by knowing a true fuller history, seeing the struggles and intergenerational trauma of Indigenous peoples around the world, that continue on to this day, and making amends, seeing how much we have in common, and returning to deep reverence and peace for all peoples, and the natural world.


All Our Relations & Wanishi, (Deep Gratitude)
Shawna Bluestar Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape, Azteca)
www.shawnabluestar.com