The Groundwork season of international contemporary art in Cornwall runs from May to September 2018.
Opening bank holiday weekend: 5 – 7 May 2018
With a focus on place and an emphasis on moving image, sound and performance, the Groundwork programme presents new commissions made in Cornwall, together with existing works by internationally acclaimed artists including Francis Alÿs, Manon de Boer, Janet Cardiff, Adam Chodzko, Tacita Dean, Andy Holden, Rosemary Lee, Sean Lynch, Christina Mackie, Steve McQueen, Steve Rowell, Simon Starling, Semiconductor and Laureana Toledo.
Exhibitions in May
CAST, 5 May – 3 June
Steve McQueen’s film ‘Gravesend’, exploring the mining of coltan, the mineral used in the manufacture of mobile phones and laptops, will be shown in a specially constructed black box projection space at CAST, with ‘Unexploded’, made by McQueen when he was sent to Iraq as a war artist and filmed – from multiple perspectives – a crater left by an unexploded bomb in a building in Basra.
Helston Museum, 5 May – 3 June
Including new footage shot in Cornwall, Sean Lynch’s video work ‘What Is An Apparatus’ initially appears to be a collection of somewhat ludicrous encounters with nuclear submarines, postmodern architecture, robots, scrapyards or supermarkets, but it gradually becomes apparent that Lynch’s stories are generated as a result of living in an increasingly technocratic world. By contrast, his film ‘Latoon’ narrates the story of a successful campaign to divert a €90 million road scheme to preserve a fairy bush in County Clare. Lynch’s work is presented in the old school room at Helston Museum, amongst collections of artefacts from the town’s working history.
Goonhilly Earth Station, 5 May – 3 June
Artist duo Semiconductor are making a new moving image work for Groundwork. ‘As the World Turns’ questions how we experience nature through the language of science and technology, combining video footage filmed at Goonhilly Earth Station with scientific data acquired through the process of radio astronomy. ‘As the World Turns’ will be shown with Simon Starling’s ‘Black Drop’, a single screen film projection that tells the story of the relationship between astronomy, photography and the beginnings of moving image technology. The Goonhilly site brings with it a sense of its own history – of achievements gained and the promise of future endeavours, and of nature and technology co-existing.
Kestle Barton, 5 May – 8 July
Manon de Boer’s new moving image commission ‘Bella, Maia and Nick (From nothing to something to something else, Part I)’, will be presented in the gallery at Kestle Barton. Filmed at Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, the work portrays three local music students experimenting with new sounds and rhythms, continuing de Boer’s fascination with the importance of ‘open time’ in providing the conditions for creation.
National Trust Godolphin, 5 May – 24 June
Christina Mackie’s ‘The Judges II’, an installation inspired by the rock formations of New South Wales and by ideas of geological, mythical and personal time, will be presented in the Kings Room at National Trust Godolphin.
Special, one-off events will take place over the opening weekend. Booking information will be announced soon.
Artist Andy Holden will present a live green-screen performances of his celebrated ‘Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape’, narrating his theory of how the world has come to resemble a cartoon, at Falmouth University’s AMATA on Saturday 5 May, 7pm.
A special screening of Abigail Reynolds’s film ‘The Mother’s Bones’ with a live performance of the score by St Keverne Band will be followed by a programme of music composed by band leader Gareth Churcher at the Epworth Hall in Helston on Sunday 6 May, 6pm.
Curator José Roca presents a lecture about the work of the Colombian artist Abel Rodriguez at Trebah Garden on Monday 7 May, 2pm.
CAST in Helston will be the hub for Groundwork activity and CAST Café will be open for extended hours over the opening weekend.
Groundwork is organised by CAST (Cornubian Arts & Science Trust), in partnership with Kestle Barton, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and Tate St Ives.