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
For the last section of the work I had decided to use green furze that was in flower. I cut this with the help of Dave Slater, a green woodworker, from his small holding near Gulval. Whilst cutting the furze from the sides of the rides in his tree plantations, Dave told me of an engraving he had seen showing how the Armada Beacons were made. These were built out of furze around a wooden pole (later removed to create a chimney inside it) and based on the same principles as a pine cone. These were 25ft tall with the fuzz laid outward, and kept dry by covering with a tarpaulin. When lit, the need here was intensity of light and not heat; the flames reached a 100 ft in the air. It was anecdotes like this that enriched the project and extended its boundaries. It helped me understand the role and importance of documentation in its own right and underlined the relevance of incorporating this as a bona fide part to CUT/STACK/BURN. Further underlining this element of the project was how it took on an archaeological leaning. After the burn the unpicking of the evidence became a forensic process relearning and reliving the recent past history of the project.
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