Wednesday, 24 September 2008

The Gastropod Cafe

Here we are, a violet-lit cone. Photos tend not to come out well under UV but this one's ok. The shell also contains some morphing coloured bulb, a wonder of modern science, thanks Lidls, you're the best.

The smog-filled parasitical world of the Gastrodod Cafe resides inside the Giant Clam, (below).

Friday, 19 September 2008

Shell story continued...

Small whelk. Large whelk.

Been up all hours cutting and sticking, I am dead to the bone. The Giant Whelk was a massive wrestle, getting it out of nothing but air and me contorted on tip toe reaching 100s of feet down into never-ending spirals, into the hard to reach corners . Htr = local authority bureauspeak, knocking at the doors of 'obese families'. Nannies. nannies. nannies.

Below: touching on the beginnings of mankind and his meddling with nature. This one shows the collapse of Lehmon Brothers and the subsequest take over of all banks and insurance companies by shellfish. In fact total world take over by shellfish. We are all small (sea) ants in the end. Yes I am pissed and in need of somone witty and cynical with which to share my rants. Anyone out there?

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Tubular Shells


Just finished papering the first shell, a giant conch for my new show.

Yes, a new show - (or should I say installation? But installation makes me feel like a plumber) - a new show for Weymouth's Arts Festival, B-side (the sea side).

I will be displaying these gargantuan gastropods, complete with tiny parasitical human worlds clinging to their shells, in 2 weeks, 26th -28th Sept, at the B-Side Arts Festival.

Address: Brewers Quay (upstairs shop units), Hope Square, Weymouth...come and see.. Explore the World of the Magic Mollusc......

Inside Out Performance Peices

Satelitte Arts is doing some participatory workshops for the Inside Out Festival this year, to celebrate the handover of the Cultural Olympiad this September. Next weekend Weymouth will be hosting Xarxa Theatre, a fantastic Spanish physical theatre company, doing their show Veles y Vents, on Bowleaze Cove.

We (Sally Watkins, Wendy Petit de Mange and I) are running 3 projects with young people in Weymouth and Portland. These photos show the first project at Royal Manor School on Portland in the last 2 days, all crammed in, visual, theatre and sound, into 2 days.

The masks will be displayed at the reception for Xarxa on September 26th, at the Waterside Holiday Reception area...(god knows what its name is...). So we have done a performanc peice with 20 Year 7 kids, aged 11-12, based on a mythical 'Selkie' story about a woman who is half seal, half human, is stolen away by a fisherman and whom eventually returns to her home in the sea. Wendy did amazing performance work, I did the masks, thanks again to the scrap store for supplying the best materials ever, the kids were more creative then they would have been otherwise.