SITE co-founded and co-facilitated by selina bonelli, Helen Davison, and Ash McNaughton Participating Artists : Eduardo Cardoso Amato, Barbara LeBéguec-Friedman, Kane Stonestreet, Samm Shakleton, Helen Davison, selina bonelli, and Ash McNaughton.
Documentation by: Fenia Kotsopoulou and Daz Disley
Edited by: Daz Disley and Ash McNaughton
Performances at: Carriére de Dannes, France (12.09.2022) and Upper Culand Pit, Burham, UK (16.09.2022)
Commissioned and presented as part of SALT + EARTH Festival of Landscape, Seascape and the Environment (23 - 25/09/2022) at Block 67, Digital Glassworks, Folkestone, UK.
Supported by Folkestone Fringe, Creative Folkestone, Kent AONB, AND Parc naturel régional des caps et marais d'Opale.
Between sedimentary lines of compression and exposure, connected under a body of water, SITE presents FAULT LINES, bringing together gathered material from site-responsive collaborative performances that took place over two locations: active quarry Carriére de Dannes in France (12.09.2022), and disused quarry Upper Culand Pit, Burham in the UK (16.09.2022).
The split-screen film encourages active participation when viewing, as a witnessing of temporal images, actions, and gestures. Featuring the quarry in France on the left screen and the UK quarry on the right screen, the film documents the processes and dialogues between the artists and environment, across the two related sites, where the visible process of erosion and extraction provides the opportunity to respond to the geological and anthropological histories uncovered and affected by human and industrial scale touch. Each artist enters the performance without holding prior expectations or pre-conceived ideas, disregarding any outcome-oriented approach.
The artists work with what arises and is offered in the moment, through direct response to the site, materials, and each other. Limited objects and materials were brought into each performance, most materials being found and procured in each location, while some journey between the sites. The exchange and transformation of organic matter and material reflects and acknowledges the corresponding geology, wildlife, and human presence in both areas.
By taking a queer ecological approach, FAULT LINES unfolds the potential to explore how geological connections might offer reciprocal encounters and ways in which we might learn from unearthing layers of compressed histories.
SITE (b. 2018) is co-founded and co-facilitated by selina bonelli, Helen Davison, and Ash McNaughton as an open platform inviting artists to create collaborative site-responsive Performance Art in locations of socio-historic, architectural, and ecological interest through actions, gestures, and intervention. Each session takes place at a different location and is open to all artists working in, or interested in developing and exploring collaborative Performance Art practices. Our aim is to support and hold space for artists from different backgrounds and experiences to come together to share and develop our practices, queer our surroundings, finding ways to work eco-consciously and with empathy to our environment.
Cine+Perfo Festival internacional de Performance-art y Formatos Audiovisuales