Saturday 15 December 2018

The Poacher's Lament & Other Half Heard Tales, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

2018 visiting artists, Dillan Marsh and Eleanor Clare, return to YSP to showcase a project that explores the connections between real and imaginative spaces, inspired by the history of the Bretton Estate and traditions of folk tales and lullabies. Link to YSP website here

The Poachers Dream, Visningsrommet USF, Bergen

He saw something in the darkness. He searches his memory for its form. It was here, it left its shadow with him; he can feel its presence. It watches him, waits for him. He is caught in its flow now; it draws him in, through the darkness and down the narrow passage.

The Poacher’s work is to trespass; inhabiting the dark and hidden places. He penetrates his prey with a bullet, or untangles its entrails from a trap. He is well acquainted with the insides and outsides of things, with the dead and the living, with creation and destruction. Under the skin, much is fluid. This is where the unconscious is at work, digesting and processing and merging and separating matter.

The exhibition will consist of multiple channels of sound and video - spoken and sung narratives that unfold as one moves through the space. Much of the inspiration for this work came from being in a landscape – of walking in the woods or approaching monuments, connecting these experiences to folk tales or the mysterious practices of early cultures. We have had an extensive research period over the last few years at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where we have gathered material. All the audio, including music, is either from manipulated field recordings taken on site or vocal recordings. 

Supported by BEK, Bergen Kommune and Kunstsentrene i Norge

Work List

Video Installation on Three
Projection Screens (room 1 and 2): Field recordings taken at Yorkshire Sculpture Park throughout the seasons; varying length clips.

8 channel Sound
Installation (room 1 and 2): audio material entirely produced from field recordings taken on site at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and vocal recordings. List of titles below:

The Poacher’s Dream
Hepworth Hardcore
The First Hole is a Revelation
The Poacher’s Lament
The Watchers
Itchy Balls
Constipation Hypnotation
Recorder Harmony (Derby Tup/Drive Old Winter Away)
Sleepy Head
Shadows Opera
The Shadow Poacher

Speaker Effigies (room 2), card, acrylic, wood
Spoon on a Stick: Mr. Jazz Spoon (room 1), plaster, twig, metal spoon, tape, vocals
The Peeper (room 1), framed image, felt pen on paper
The Poacher’s Dream (room 1), publication with texts and images