|2010 - 2009|
Sensory Soundings 2009
For one day in July 2009, Fort Brockhurst - an English Heritage site in Gosport - became a small kingdom populated by people with neurological impairment; people who are highly sensitive to spatial qualities of scale, light and sound and the different buildings and environments of the Fort. Their visit was recorded through sound, video and drawing and then processed to produce elements of a mixed media installation. This film shows a narrative of some of the journeys taken that July day and follows the investigations and navigational decisions of people as they explored the Fort's Keep.
Kate Adams, artist and director of Project Art Works has conducted several innovative investigative projects that focus on how people with complex needs experience built space. Despite a huge increase in awareness of issues around all aspects of physical disability and the effects of the Disability Discrimination Act on Building Control processes, there is little information or discussion about the impact of built space on those with perceptual and/or cognitive impairments.
The creative team on this project included Kate Adams (lead artist), Ben Rivers (film), Tim Corrigan (film and support of people) and Marley Cole (sound). They collaborated with a group of people with whom we have worked for some time on our Tuesday Studio programme in Hastings. Tuesday Studio The artist team worked closely with the participants and those who love and know them well, to establish consent for exploring the Fort, for their being filmed and for the subsequent installation being shown at the English Heritage Open Day.
Shot by the Sea Film Festival 2009
Challenging the traditional concept of the film festival, Shot by the Sea explores film in its widest application with a particular focus in its 8th year, on moving image installations. In 2009, The Electric Palace Cinema joined forces with Project Art Works, inviting us to be the first guest curators of the Projection Space. 'Air to Earth' explored relationships with the primary elements of nature and their resonance in memory and experience.
In Back Woods, Jim Roseveare created a silent, intimate illusion of the density of trees en masse with the moving element as light. In IVUL (the installation) Andrew Kotting deconstructed and re-presented his film IVUL which premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival 2009. The installation created a world apart using a forest of Bonsai Trees and two key scenes from the film. It incorporated a series of drawings made in collaboration with his daughter Eden, who has Joubert Syndrome. Ben Rivers joined in with the life of a family grown wild out of doors to create Ah Liberty! (winner of the Tiger Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2008). Rivers' films are rich, cinematic portraits that explore wilderness environments and self-contained worlds, representing memory through visual fragments. An on-going collaboration between visual artists and people with neurological impairments at Project Art Works studio, Red Balloon was an intricately constructed film installation taking inspiration from the classic 1953 short, Le Balon Rouge.
'Air to Earth' was shown across three spaces in Hastings: 12 Claremont, The Basement; F-ISH Gallery;The Shop, 3 York Buildings.
Over 2,500 people visited the installations over a three week period.