Three Days Chthonic
Four artist’s one engineer and three days and two nights underground.
Alan Smith, Louise K Wilson, John Bowers, Tim Shaw and Peter Mathews will enter Smallcleugh mine in Nenthead, Cumbria to settle into the vast cavern cut out of solid limestone by the lead miners; now known as the Ballroom.
The Ballroom gets its name from an event that that took place on September the 2nd 1901 when around 30 local people travelled into the mine for a village dinner party and dance.
The five will be faced with the challenge of not only existing in in this extreme environment for 72 hours, but will also be challenged to produce sufficient electricity for the production of works that will respond to the place through their overall experience.
On the 3rd day licensed mine guides will bring an audience down to Ballroom to view the results and meet the artists.
Peter has a degree in Natural Environmental Engineering and an MSc in Renewable Energy from Newcastle University.
For chthonic Peter has been investigating ways of generating electricity down the mine from its limited resources.
One possibility being considered is hydro electric, generated in kit form, using a Francis Turbine eminently suitable for 3D printing; it would be taken into the mine in its component parts then assembled down the mine.
Francis Turbine prototype created by Peter Mathews and Tim Shaw
John Bowers is an artist-
Tim Shaw has worked internationally as an artist, performer, sound designer and researcher. His practice is situated within media art and draws upon soundscape and electroacoustic composition, performance making and DIY technology.He is currently studying a PhD in Digital Media at Culture Lab alongside managing Newcastle based record label Triptik. Collaboration plays a central role in his approach, he has been lucky enough to make artistic work with Chris Watson, John Bowers and Sébastien Piquemal. Shaw has presented work in various venues worldwide including Café OTO, NIME, NK Projekt, ZDB and FACT Liverpool.
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. Previous associations have included the Montreal Neurological Institute, the Science Museum, the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training facility in Moscow, the RSPB and the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
Alan is artist, co-
Since moving to Allenheads in 1994, influential to Alans’ practice has been the evolving profile of the physical and cultural landscape of the post industrial (lead mining) landscape of the North Pennines.
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|As Above So Below|
|Three Days Chthonic|
|A Midsummer Night's Drone 2016|
|self funded residencies|
|previous self funded|