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


Stirring Worlds, An Essay about Speedwell

by Still/Moving

We forgot that we remain tethered to that which we hold down.

In 1620, The Speedwell, a ship intended to sail alongside the Mayflower, did not make the journey across the Atlantic, but instead returned home.

The Mayflower left these shores 400 years ago. The voyage marks the dawn of European colonisation, an apparatus of attempted worldwide domination. In seeking a New World, other worlds were stolen from Indigenous peoples; silencing their languages; capturing their stories, burying their magic. Forgetting that we remain tethered to that which we hold down.

Endless extraction and consumption, in the name of liberty, is making a graveyard of our planet. The rate of multi-species extinction is accelerating. 80 percent of the biodiversity left on land is under Indigenous peoples' guardianship, making our survival intrinsically linked to theirs. The British Empire covered 13.01 million square miles of land - more than 22% of the earth’s landmass. Many of these colonial ventures were embarked upon by sea, a living body which carries the past, the present and the future and remains witness to the brutal wake of humanity's behaviour. The ocean has absorbed more than 90 per cent of the extra heat that has been produced over the past 50 years. As a result, half the world’s coral reefs are already dead.

Beyond the Breakwaters of Plymouth one connects into the world’s oceans. The Mount Batten headland was home to a prehistoric port and trading settlement that was still flourishing at the time of the Roman occupation. The nearby Cattewater anchorage subsequently became the trading heart of medieval Plymouth and a historic gateway to the Atlantic passage. Victorious empirical history overlooks the fact that this nation is made up of migrants. Its people have been robbed of magic, lands and resources. Instead of seeking remedies, the cycle of violence has been repeated. This unhealthy system of domination has led us to this moment in time, where just eight men own the same wealth as 3.6 billion people, the poorest half of the worlds’ population.

Surely it is time to break this seemingly endless pattern? To refuse the modes of oppression so clearly marked by corruption, greed and theft. To face the uncomfortable truth about what the comfortable lives of the privileged are built on. To process the dual nature of this collective trauma, both to the colonial past and to the future with its accelerating environmental crisis teetering on the horizon. Through discourse, action and reparations, we can personally and collectively generate modes founded in equality, diversity and sustainability. To step into our intended dignified role as stewards of this world and re-learn a reciprocal approach to each other, to our children and to all life on earth. It is said that we become Indigenous to place by caring for it; now is the exact time to illuminate and re-remember this symbiotic way of being. 'Speedwell' is an invitation to return home.