“that part of town you don’t have to go to…you are already there, you know it…”
Fact: for over 30 years Neil and Amanda have lived 230 steps apart …
230 steps between… is a collaborative project between Neil Ferguson and Amanda Francis formed out of a series of meetings, writings and agreed activities exploring differing senses and experiences of being local.
What observations do Neil and Amanda actually share? How might the presentation of their selected images, sounds and objects influence what others, notice, see or think?
Yes, observations keep being made, but is this what being local means?
What habits do neighbourhoods cultivate? What do we notice or ignore? What is worth recording? The collaboration offers modes of interaction to “place” or “situate” the visitor.
IN CON with(14)…Neil Ferguson & Calum Storrie, TING FOR DOT, June 7 & 8, 2019 Redacting texts,…applying thinglyness to “things”. Ferguson and Storrie have redacted a variety of publications from Beckett plays and short stories to free gallery handout sheets, cookbooks and detective novels. …TING FOR DOT is an interactive event where the audience will be asked to apply their own redacting systems to TING FOR DOT texts. Tools and text to redact will be supplied. …organizing meaninglessness in “things”?
IN CONVERSATION with…
The Reward: “If we had not done what we did at Dungeness we would not know what we know now. We would not have that knowledge.”
The collaboration involved walking on the stony barren beaches of Dungeness in mid December 2017 in seasonal, but wholly inhospitable weather; locating ourselves in particular unsheltered spots that anchored, drove and shaped our actions.
All actions were relative to the circumstances, directed by the environment. Records were made on pre-prepared paper working only with what was found, extracted, mined in the cold, wet and windy conditions. These “works” looked to capture the moments of their production where scraping, grinding and pulling boards across rocks and sand left “histories”, capturing the physical and sensory connections involved. Would they reflect what was being felt? Would the outcomes measure up with the sensorial difficulties?
“Raw Rewards”, Incidents from Dungeness, are products of “touching with the earth”, where the environment refuses interaction – sandwiched between the savagery of the elements and the coping strategies for recording in extreme discomfort. No transference of pleasantries…more the exhilaration of coping with raw difficulty; strategies sustaining efforts “keeping us out there”.