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
It is interesting how the use of a landscape can change when one use takes precedence over another. On my first visit to the site last October I noticed spent shotgun cartridges lying around in the grass at the top of the field. When camping at the site on night watch duty people would arrive almost nightly to go lamping for rabbits around the gardens perimeter. But they didn’t come into the field that I was in. The first night after the burn they were back - notable by the evidence left there in the form of shiny new spent shotgun cartridges. The scorched earth has now been reclaimed by rabbits ants and beetles. Rabbit droppings and tracks are traceable along its complete curve. I discovered a fox stool on the circular burn mark with evidence of rabbit in it. It has become quite a battle ground.
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