21-22 May'Critical Camps' will explore topics raised by Chaney’s ongoing research project 'Lizard Exit Plan' – a speculative scenario in which an unspecified hypothetical apocalyptic event cuts off Cornwall’s Lizard peninsula from the global economy. The camps will be hosted in the 'Encampment Supreme' pavilion – a 775 sq.ft architectural fusion of post-consumer waste products and locally found natural elements, constructed by the artist and volunteers during public workshops in 2015.
During 'Critical Camps' events visitors will be invited to meet in the pavilion to attend workshops, short presentations and readings, before enjoying an evening meal made from locally grown and scavenged ingredients prepared over the campfire by professional chef Dominic Bailey. Fireside discussions will continue into the evening in an informal fashion, and most events will culminate in either live music from local musicians, or a car battery powered ‘off-grid disco’. Visitors will be invited to camp overnight either in the pavilion itself or in their own tents, sharing a breakfast cooked over the fire the following morning.
About 'Lizard Exit Plan': Chaney has been conferring with local landowners, farmers, and other experts since 2013 to compile a strategic plan for the survival of the peninsula’s population based on topographical and agricultural data, an inventory of local resources, and analysis of defence requirements. 'Lizard Exit Plan' uses the notion of an unspecified hypothetical apocalyptic event to provide the ground for discussing alternative futures. The research has produced experimental architectural interventions, gastronomic experiences, a series of blueprinted maps and graphical works, a seventy-two page instructional document, and a portfolio of silkscreen prints illustrating elements of the plan exhibited at Kestle Barton during two solo shows.
6 x Critical Camp weekends:
21-22 May, 4-5 June, 2-3 July, 23 - 24 July, 3-4 September, 24 - 25 September