We three made work as one
The tensions (often good) of being separate yet merged
We noticed for each other things we might not notice ourselves
We noticed each other noticing
It made us feel like better artists
We discovered we could trust each other and the site for work to happen
We tried new processes teetering on the edge of performance
Sometimes those processes made us feel uncomfortable
What can you do together that you can’t do alone?
It was surprising
And fast: three, to the power of three
Lark song was conjured from a stone
We became seals
We settled for lies (like the Warren)
There were tender deceptions
There are new contacts
Ranger Steve showed us the tiny vulnerable Warren Crocus
We kept trampling over our collaboration
We are still learning to give way
We (re)learnt the value of documenting
The video camera – once an inhibitor became a collaborator
It can become work by mistake
A reward for being there doing something
More things are possible than you might think
We shared ‘sippets’ of research, talked a lot and emailed loads
It can become work by mistake
We learnt how to share work online
Can we learn from LOW PROFILE to be ‘artists not administrators’?
A trip was made to Portland to meet with the b-side team and improvise at the Batteries
We could have encouraged more public participation
We made a publication, all three of us making decisions together: it was hard
But worth it: “lies lies lies – I bought them” and they “made me smile”
We had a show of work in progress on site, in 3 beach huts
There was a video reel showing off-grid
The sun shone, people came and were enthusiastic, helpful
“You had way too much fun”
Some work needed more explanation
And introductions were sometimes forgotten
What are the best words to talk three-as-one?
3 weeks later, we are showing the work at 333 Gallery Exeter Phoenix
We commissioned a writer
His response is insightful: there is talk of making new work
Talk of a proposal to take part in a symposium
We could transfer our processes to another site?
But we are missing the Warren already
Are you getting this?
Thank you a-n
“Shall we do another one?”
Throw only to an alert catcher at Gallery 333
Megan Calver | Susie David | Gabrielle Hoad
Written by Susie David:-
The Throw only to an alert catcher film reel, first shown at the Dawlish Warren beach hut show, has been invited to show at Exeter Phoenix.
After painting the 333 Gallery niche as close to the colour of sky that we could get (Sky – our photobombing film-star sky), it’s all ready to view.
What is that? – A sample bottle? And what is in it? Oh.
The film reel is part of work in progress from an experimental collaboration between three artists and Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve over the spring and summer of 2016. Joint actions and activities focused on creating dialogue between the human and nonhuman, often through strategies such as mimicry and hiding.
An accompanying publication ‘lie lie lie’ can be purchased from the Box Office for £3.00 or ordered from [email protected]
for £4 including p&p.
Supported by a Professional Development Bursary from a-n.
Thanks to Matt Burrows, Andy Cluer, Steve Ayres and the sky.
lie lie lie | 2016 | 24-page publication | Photo: Susie David
Words by Susie David
lie lie lie is the artists’ book that arose from this experimental collaboration with fellow artists Megan Calver and Gabby Hoad, and Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve. Joint actions and activities focused on creating dialogue between the human and nonhuman, often through strategies such as mimicry and hiding.
Made partly for ‘Throw only to an alert catcher’ a show of shared work in progress that took place in three beach huts on site (2016), this co-created publication also appeared at ‘Counter 2016’ Plymouth with Spacex.
Available to buy at £4 from [email protected] including p+p, or they will be available at the Exeter Phoenix Art Galleries box office from the 14th November 2016, where in Gallery 333 the Throw only to an alert catcher film reel will be on view.
A beach hut show-and-tell
Red, blue and yellow beach huts – Dawlish Warren Promenade
11am – 5.00pm Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October
Work in progress arising from a new collaboration between Megan Calver, Susie David and Gabrielle Hoad with Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve, EX7 0NF.
Five minutes’ walk from Dawlish Warren station. Trains from Exeter St Davids, Exeter Central, Newton Abbot, Totnes and Plymouth. Pay and display parking on site.
Supported by a professional development bursary from a‐n
The Artist Information Company