There are a wide range of artists in this years PAW18 that have responded to the concept of landscape, this manifests itself in a myriad of forms, from a directly representational landscape to a hidden or imagined landscape. The artists use a broad range of media to explore, reinterpret and interact with the landscape including; sound, installation, film, sculpture, music, participatory performance and painting.
Bridgette Ashton, co commissioned by Visual Arts Plymouth and The Box has made work about the history of Plymouth’s prehistoric Cattedown Bone Cave. She has created sculptures and drawings, which can be seen at the Athenaeum and outside the Theatre Royal, and there are bookable tours available for ‘clandestine minibus excursions’ to the cave site.
On Cornwall Street you can hear the work of Timothy Crowley and Kate Ogley, who have also been inspired by Plymouth’s ‘Bone Caves’, they have devised an outdoor sound work to evoke a prehistoric landscape this has been overlaid onto the sounds of Plymouth.
Screening at the National Marine Aquarium Ursula Biemann’s film, Acoustic Ocean, for the Atlantic Project was filmed on the Lofoten Islands in Norway, a Sami biologist-diver explores the sonic ecology of marine life in the North Atlantic, in a quest for a future amphibian world. She describes the work as ‘a science fictional quest into an amphibian life’.
Showing at The Devils Point Reservoir, (just up from the car park) at Royal William Yard, throughout PAW Jane Grant and John Matthias’, work entitled Fathom is an immersive audio/visual interpretation of the visible and invisible watery landscape, responding to the physical site between Devon and Cornwall. Fathom (Atlantic) is a new version of a large-scale sound installation, which mixes pre-recorded underwater sound with live acoustic transmissions from the River Tamar, enabling the audience to ‘climb through the fathom’, 6ft above the ground.
Naomi Hart, has created a series of 101 postcards, Plymouth Futurecards that will be dotted around Plymouth (see how many you can find) depicting a futuristic take on the land/seascape of Britain’s Ocean City and exploring what imaginary futures and climate change might look like.
The Mussels’ Perspective a film by Uriel Orlow for the Atlantic Project will be showing at Royal William Yard, explores the history of mining in the landscape of the Tamar Valley and its continued impact on people and landscape, following the river in a reverse journey from the sea to its source in the deep caves and mines below the surface.
Frances Kelly’s , Future Props, is a series of large-scale soft sculptures set into the landscape of the Jigsaw Garden, designed to highlight and interact with unseen aspects of the space.
Don’t miss the opportunity to experience a live performance on the edge of the land and sea. On Sunday between 12 and 2pm, on the Plymouth Hoe Foreshore there will be a group of sea swimmers and paddlers in Plymouth Sound accompanied by an ensemble band conducting Plymphony No.1 with the Imperfect Orchestra. This is a collaborative performance between the swimmers and a live guitar orchestra, a Plymouth SOUP funded project supported by Take A Part, The Box, Visual Arts Plymouth and Plymouth Art Weekender. Imperfect Orchestra, Plymouth Wild Swimmers and recent Plymouth College of Art graduate, Shannon Watson. And whilst you’re there, look out to sea for an unusual sight on the horizon facing south.
Compiled by Rachael Allain, Visual Arts Plymouth Activator.