Measure

Inspector Specto

AFTER Artist’s residency at Plymouth Arts Centre

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Wobbly

AFTER Artist’s residency at Plymouth Arts Centre

Camera handheld at arms length up to the moon through the birch leaves. Traffic, warm, no breeze; faraway mewl of a cat and helicopter drone; a splosh in the pond as a fish scares itself and flips in the water. Read More...

Mouth loop

Studio One: Artist’s residency at Plymouth Arts Centre

Inside/outside
Dream: in a small waiting room, with a glass wall and door, on the border between nature and culture. I stand in the corner next to the door and display my ‘pieces’ - small creative objects, personal records - on the wall. I reach up and pin them to the wall, above shoulder height. Behind me a group of First Nations Canadians file in and sit around a low circular table: elders, with their tribal collections of knowledge coded into artefacts made of wood, berries, stones. I am in some way being judged, behind my back, but am accepted. I look through the glass to where I will be going: the wild land, trees and scrub ahead. Read More...

Cutting edge

Studio One: Artist’s residency at Plymouth Arts Centre

Turn back the clock; we’re locked into Greenwich Mean Time for the next 6 months.
16.16 BATTER STREET Gavin sitting up in the projection room getting ready for the Sunday evening screening. Whir of central heating pump, faint keyboard. Dry fruit and sawdust smell. Read More...

Space to speak

Studio One: Artist’s residency at Plymouth Arts Centre

ROLLING PICNIC
Two small round plastic caps at the top of Peacock Lane: cerulean blue E63 and light lime green FLIP OFF. Fresh fast wind off the sea, blazing horizon. M+S Super wholefood salad and a plastic fork; then latte in the arts centre café. [TINKLY TOP NOTES ON A PIANO, CONTRALTO SMOKY SOUL DIVA IN CONVERSATION WITH A MELLOW SAX] [“Feel your touch... the thrill [...] nights are [...] lovers can [...] the thrill... is gone... this is the end...”] Women grouped around a table in the upstairs gallery by the café, making things out of scraps of material, lace edging; speaking quietly. French and English voices, pinning and sewing; soft and communal. Read More...

Lightbox

Studio One: Artist’s residency at Plymouth Arts Centre

10.16 BATTER STREET Back in. A mushy warm kind of day. Skylight leaking into an empty 5 litre Hellmann’s REAL mayonnaise tub (“...The only mayonnaise”) and a Pure Brilliant WHITE (FOR WALLS & CEILINGS) Dulux Rich Matt (WIPE CLEAN) 10 litre plastic paint pot. Behind the deep blue door: rap/hip-hop [“Birdz ov a feather now [...] get back muthafucka, u don’t no me like tha’] Young male voices [YOU HAVE LISTENED TO RAP ON TELEVISION! YOU LOVE METAL... RAP SHOULD BE LIKE THAT!] Read More...

The measure of it

Studio One: Artist’s residency at Plymouth Arts Centre

14.50 BATTER STREET deep blue break time [THUNDER OF TRAINERS ON WOODEN STAIRS]. Simon comes to check everything’s ok.

THE MEASURE OF IT: I use the window as a lightbox, scrape the skin of the film, peel back strips of emulsion with the blade. [THE FLY DOES A LITLE BUZZY DANCE] Leaning on the glass I am in/outside, my vision flexing. A youth on the phone outside the door [AND HE SAID WHAT?] (His voice breaking into the mouthpiece). Read More...

I'm in

Studio One: Artist’s residency at Plymouth Arts Centre

10.10 BATTER STREET I’m in. Thanks Simon for giving me the keys. Studio One: undisturbed air, chalk dust taste. Against the wall, some random tables, blue plastic chairs in stacks, a white kettle jug on the floor. Read More...

Feeling full

Photo of the full moon taken hand-held with long exposure so there's a trace of movement described in the skyPhoto of the full moon taken hand-held with long exposure so there's a trace of movement described in the skyPhoto of the full moon taken hand-held with long exposure so there's a trace of movement described in the sky
Photo of the full moon taken hand-held with long exposure so there's a trace of movement described in the skyPhoto of the full moon taken hand-held with long exposure so there's a trace of movement described in the skyPhoto of the full moon taken hand-held with long exposure so there's a trace of movement described in the sky Read More...

Drawing down the moon

photo of full moon taken through branches of the birch tree in the back gardena few seconds later, photo of full moon taken through branches of the birch tree in the back garden Read More...