The art weeks ran from 3rd-18th October 2015, but Alice’s project started earlier, building momentum, with a travelling part in the first week of August (1st-9th) culminating in an exhibition in October.
For the travelling part Alice created a museum in the boot of her car. Whilst the boot was shut it looked like a normal car, but inside there was a custom built miniature museum full of everyday objects bought from Somerset charity shops, old Somerset souvenirs and old photos. Alice created some initial text inspired by Somerset locations and the objects. Then Alice and the Serbian poet Ana Seferovic (who joined her for the tour) created a collaborative poetic travelogue based on the places they visited, the people the met and stories and memories they heard as well as the objects.
The museum stopped at various prearranged and spontaneous locations. Members of the public were invited to both bring objects that could be temporarily added and documented (by photo and film) and they were also welcome to add their own text ideas.
The stops included: Wells, Wedmore, Chew Valley Lake, Priddy, Axbridge, Cheddar, Steart Marshes, Minehead, Porlock, Dulverton, Dunkery Beacon, Wellington, Wiveliscombe, Othery and Nunney. The museum will evolved and changed everyday in each setting.
In September the museum visited schools where Alice ran a creative workshop and inviting pupils to take over the museum for the day, both curating and creating their own version.
The exhibition in October during art weeks was at the 44AD gallery in Bath. It was an immersive installation inspired by the journey, including a film exploring ideas of momentum, memory and place to create a living souvenir – a piece of installation/text art for Somerset.
A publication of the poetic travelogue is available at the Dirty Confetti online shop.
Alice gave an artist’s talk at 44AD on Thursday 8th October at 1.30 p.m.
Please visit the project blog link below for photos from the tour.
Project blog: saw15momentum.wordpress.com
The project is funded by Arts Council England and Alice would also like to thank Somerset Film for awarding her an Ignite Somerset bursary for editing training. She would also like to thank the wonderful local people for hosting the project, as well as The National Trust and Exmoor National Park Authority.
Alice would like to particularly thank Colin Bignell who runs brilliant carpentry courses and without whom the museum couldn’t have been built www.tollhousecourses.co.uk
Please watch this space as well as the news and events pages for updates and images.
To read more about Alice’s interest in small alternative museums and the meaning of objects please visit museeme.blogspot.co.uk