The first, YEARNINGS, was a solo performance shown only to five artists in the Scout Hut on the edge of Southwark Park in September 2004. No documentation was permitted to ensure the original event existed only as an ‘electro-chemical trace’ within the consciousness of each artist. Exactly a year later, this shared memory was publicly revealed in all its mutations, fragilities and uneasiness of recall.
Now, ten years later, Anne Bean, Lucy Cash, Holly Darton, Meg Mosley Miyako Narita, and Lucille Power will take this shared memory as a starting point for individual works that will be woven together for DECADE. This experiment in ‘carrying’ memory will be even more poignant a decade later. The artists will produce a new video installation from fragments of recall, creating shadows that work with projection; momentarily manifesting and then expelled from projected images.
In 365 DRESSES, Anne hung seven flowery dresses every week for the year in a hidden, wild space of Southwark Park. The idea of a representation of nature and nature itself became entangled and fused as the dresses (dis)integrated into their surroundings. This process led to many works with women all over Europe and the Middle East and is still ongoing. Anne has kept the residue of these dresses and, for DECADE, she will produce an installation that probes the layers between material and immaterial existence and the unforeseen trajectories that are generated.
Anne will also work with two other original REAP collaborators. David Chapman andJudith Palmer will revisit enactments of ancient seasonal rituals with a new edit of their film OBSERVANCES. They will also invite the local community to take part in a brand new harvest festival ritual.