Over the next few months each of the Dukes Wood Project artists will publish short texts relating to their initial ideas for the project in the run up to a re-curation and re-design of the Dukes Wood Oil Museum with Kobberling and Kaltwasser in June/May followed by the residency programme commencing in June this year.
Dukes Wood Project Artists:
Alec Finlay – Dukes Wood Research Residency Artist
Alec Finlay is an artist and poet. Much of his work reflects on our interaction with nature and considers how we, as a culture, or cultures, relate to landscape in an era of climate change.
Stephen Turner – Dukes Wood Research Residency Artist
Stephen Turner’s work is concerned with aspects of time and the dialectics of transience and permanence. His work often involves spending long periods in odd, abandoned places, noting changes in the complex relationship between nature and the man-made.
I.B.I (Institute for Boundary Interactions) – Dukes Wood Research Residency Artists
The Institute for Boundary Interactions (I.B.I) is an interdisciplinary research collective that uses science, technology, art and design to explore the complex connections between people, places and things.
Alison Lloyd – Dukes Wood Walker in Residence
Since leaving Arts Council England in 2010, as Head of Visual Arts, East Midland’s Office, Alison has led walks for galleries, festivals and artists, as a way of developing her own practice through walking. In October 2012 she registered for a PhD at Loughborough University, School of Art, English and Drama.
The topic area is the ‘poetic’ experiences of place, specifically, ‘Mountainous country, where walkers (visual artists and outdoors men and women) are dependent upon themselves and remote from any immediate help’.
Do women experience nature differently to men, or seek a different type of nature for their experiences. Do women artists (writers and visual artists) respond to and notice and record different aspects of nature to those embedded by men in nature literature, romantic painting, contemporary walking artists, and the world of the outdoors men and women.
Anne-Mie Melis – Dukes Wood Research Residency Artist
Anne-Mie Melis work explores the visual nature of plants and their role in an increasingly technology-infiltrated world. Her main inspiration is science, focused towards plant biology and engineering. She uses a variety of media; large-scale architectural botanical drawings on paper, assembled objects, composed from plant parts or pruned shrubs, dried plant specimens, stop motion animations and photographs.
Kobberling & Kaltwasser – Dukes Wood Project Special Commission
Public space is under siege: pressure to consume, growing control and more and more traffic are threatening to change the picture of our cities dramatically. The couple Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser have been elaborating their idea of an artistic and architectonical aesthetics of resistance against this take-over since 1998.
They confront consumerist ideologies with alternatives: structural intervention, artistic statements, actions and theories. In doing so, the artists make use of streets, squares, bridges, parks and interiors as operational spaces. And the material they use is always obtained from urban resources: things that have been thrown away, garbage, donated things.
Dan Robinson (Mud Office) – Dukes Wood Research Residency Artist
Dan Robinson is based in Leeds where he makes and teaches art and design. He works with photography, drawings, text, websites, events, objects and installations. Many of his projects are collaborative and unfold in relation to specific settings, architectures and organisations. Various semi-fictional enterprises are sketched out and tested as possible spaces for creative and critical thinking. These wider project narratives are mediated and re-told through images, writings, posters and print.
Dan is also a partner at Mud Office. Formed in 2005, MUD OFFICE is a collaboration between artists Dan Robinson (Leeds) and Charlie Jeffery (Paris). The way they work and the things they produce, result from the specific contexts they are invited to work in and the resources that can be found there. Their previous work has involved forming a band, establishing a temporary cafeteria, manufacturing furniture, making architectural interventions and turning a hunt cabin into a broadcast studio.
For Dukes Wood Dan is currently developing designs for a hunt cabin – bird hide – projection booth.
Louise K. Wilson – Dukes Wood Research Residency Artist
Louise K Wilson is a visual artist who makes installations, live works, sound works and single channel videos. Processes of research are central to her practice and she frequently involves the participation of individuals from industry, museums, medicine and the scientific community in the making of work. Her current research uses the medium of sound to ask philosophical and material questions about the spatio-temporal physicality of certain sites and our perceptions of them.
Joanna Dacombe – Dukes Wood Learning Coordinator
Jo Dacombe’s approach is socially engaged practice in the public realm, using art interventions in public space through a variety of media. Her works, temporary or permanent, aim to explore the notion of what makes a space a place. Jo undertakes commissions as well as generating her own projects.
Her current interests include mapping, walking, connections, public space, modes of travel, change and sense of place. She uses a variety of media, temporary and permanent, to engage people in the public realm and to create a dialogue about the experience of space and place.