This week has been another hectic one – juggling work, art and life. Today was the last day of term before Easter, and so I arranged to go to Walsall and Wolverhampton art galleries with the students. There was a bit of interest, and we said we would meet at the train station first thing this morning. Unfortunately only one of the students actually turned up though – which is not a very good turnout – especially considering that they are exhibiting and curating students. Anyway, I enjoyed the trip, it was great to get out and look at some art. The thing that really stuck out for me was Shona Illingworth’s video installation about Balkaniel ( a remote Scottish area which the RAF use as a bombing range, and Shona’s home town). Their was one main space showing a longer video piece – but it was the second space that I really loved – a 4 piece composite photo landscape of the terrain on one wall and some texts. The wall opposite had another video piece showing a choppy sea, the sound was soothing and somehow peaceful. Really good, and worth a visit. I hadn’t actually visited the Wolverhampton art gallery specifically to see Shona’s work – but had gone along to see the soft sculptures bofy Jann Haworth. I liked them, but felt that the space was overcrowded, and too hectic. Every inch of space in the room was filled. I liked the cloth doughnuts though.
Tomorrow I will be going to Worcester with Interrogation Agents Orange, Winnet and Pitt to make a film. Agent Pitt was asked to speak at the MADE conference – and so we are going to interrogate the public art of Worcester tomorrow for the conference. Should be fun…and I will put the video on the Longhouse Blog once it is done.