Project outline:CUT/STACK/BURN is a performative re-enactment of a redundant rural activity - furze cutting for domestic fuel (or gorse outside of cornwall). The project uses art installation as a platform to develop a visual conversation about the implications and absence of sustainable approaches in the management of land and its resources. Our current use of energy in an age of climate change becomes a focal point and pivotal issue in this visual debate.
Sunday, 29 April 2007
The conversations that took place throughout the project, whether in the harvesting stage or at Tremenheere, with the steady flow of passers by became an interesting and important part of the projects development. It enabled me to focus on the less physical side allowing this to develop through discussion of the more conceptual elements. In addition to this were the community events, the reactions to the heath land environment and in the harvesting and making of a large scale sculptural work in the grounds of a sub tropical garden. The differences in response were interesting too. The children reacted and explored the work very playfully and physically, the adults being generally more reserved reacted to its form and conceptual element. For example when harvesting at Morvah in West Penwith the children used the harvested furze as a trampoline as seen on the project poster. This part of Cornwall is famous for its lack of trees. Some of these children have hardly ever climbed a tree and it seemed that this was a natural replacement - despite the pain! Battle re-enactment scenes also occurred and by creating toys out of the discarded furze stems, brought Pokemon inspired creatures to life
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