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Wednesday, 30 November 2011
"This is the last leg of our journey.
This has been our attempt to feel distance, to know it, to be able to hold on to it and really feel it.
The distance we are working with is equal to 100th of the way to the moon.
Half way to the centre of the earth.
OR from Newcastle to the North Pole…
And that distance is 3,798km or 2,360 miles.
It’s a pretty specific number and the reason is that it is the distance that links three places:
Riga to London, London to Newcastle and Newcastle back to Riga.
To capture this distance in the room we’re working with this distance on a human scale represented in rope.
The amount you have in your hand is equal to 1km.
Now because this distance is large we want to count it using a larger measure so if you place your left hand on your heart and stretch your right arm out, from the tip of your finger to your heart is approximately 1 metre. So for our purposes, from your hand to your heart is equivalent of 10 km."Walking in Newcastle: We followed directions of the global journey between these three cities, interpreting them on the streets of Newcastle. Each participant wore a pedometer, keeping track of their distance travelled.
The Last Count: We measured the rope, counting hand to heart, and gathered in our arms (with the help of our audience), 380 meters, representing the 2360 or 3798km the distance from Riga and London, London to Newcastle and back to Riga.
Together, we measured hand by hand and cut from this, the 52km collectively travelled by all those who took part in the walks in the three cities.
52 kms travelled.
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Our ambition is to physicalize the distance between these three locations: 3789km. So in Riga, accompanied by audio of Laura's steps in Toronto, I measured out a scaled-down version of this distance in rope. Each metre (roughly the distance of our hand to our hearts) represented 10km of the global journey from Riga to London and London to Newcastle and Newcastle back to Riga. In Toronto, Laura walked a scaled version of this journey, counting 2 of her steps for every km.
Then began the walking, our attempt to erode this distance by taking walks in each of the locations with audiences, following directions that represent the global journey over Europe and the UK.
We crossed borders, changed time zones...
and arriving again at our Riga, our journey's end, we measured how far we had travelled. The distance each person travelled was then cut from the measured rope.
Each step travelled helped erode the distance.
11 participants and several km travelled
and many more to go! London here we come...
Saturday, 3 September 2011
I am packing my bags for Riga where our journey officially begins. I wanted to say thank you to all the brilliant people who have generously donated rope for this new artwork.
Thank you to Ivan in Yorkshire for the retired theatre rope. Thank you to Holly from number 83, and Holly's dad who raided his shed. Thank you to Celia and the retired garden swing. Thank you for the donations from Canada and the beautiful coil of practice Knots left on Laura's door step. Finally a huge thank you to Gandrs in Riga who have donated a stunning quantity of climbing rope to help us reach our target amount.
Each of these ropes have individually had many journeys of their own, but together they will now form a new journey. - one taken from Hand to Heart - a journey from Riga to London and London to Newcastle and back again to Riga.
Riga see you soon
Saturday, 20 August 2011
Any lengths of rope that have finished their working life, could new have a new life in this artwork, 2360 Miles Traveled Hand to Heart. Central to our project, which is projected to reach thousands of viewers, will be a large rope installation with donations from our host cities (Riga, London, Newcastle). Each length of rope will be tied end to end to form a scaled representation of 2360 miles (the cumulative distance between the three cities where the performance will be showcased). We require 380 meters of rope in total. This is where you come in.
We are hoping to source rope from climbing centres, theaters, and boatyards like your own. The rope will simply be measured out and coiled, therefore we are able to use rope that is no longer suitable for load-bearing or tethering.
photo for '2360 Miles Traveled Hand to Heart' by Daniel Jardine
In order to start building he piece, we will need the rope by August 26th, 2011. If you have any lengths of rope that you can spare for our project please let us know via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, with details of your location and details of the rope (i.e. colour, approximate width and length, etc.) and we will arrange for pick up or drop off at a central location.
For more information on the project, please see below. Feel free to forward to others who may be able to help.
Sorrel Muggridge and Laura Nanni
Sunday, 19 June 2011
Our latest work featured in the Plotting a City exhibition curated by Patrick Macaulay at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto.
We have been collaborating long-distance (usually with an ocean between us) for over four years. Individually, our practices have always responded to our preoccupations with human geography and site specificity. Collaboratively, our works embrace the unusual and inspiring consequences of the distance between us. We create site-specific artworks that articulate the value in wandering and being curious, that discover and communicate a sense of place; investigating how people understand and connect with their surroundings.
With Space in Translation: From Here to There in 9 directions and 15,640 steps, we embarked on a shared process of walking, journey making/taking and mapping while in separate cities. Laura began at the intersection of King and Queen St. west in Toronto and walked to Harbourfront Centre, transcribing directions based on landmarks that stood out to her along the way. These directions were passed to Sorrel, who in turn followed them in Norwich UK, beginning at the spot where King and Queen St. meet in her city. The rules given: trust the directions as you follow them and enjoy the possibilities while interpreting them; ask for help from those around you when need it; and record your number of steps taken. The resulting map is a distillation of our journey. 1 cm = 125 steps.
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Sorrel Muggridge graduated with her Bachelor of Art degree in Contemporary Arts from Nottingham Trent University in 1998. She has an interdisciplinary art practice, making performance, installations and public art projects, and curating exhibitions. Muggridge has received commissions to make temporary public artworks and performances in London, Nottingham, Brighton, Toronto, Banff and Leicester and has presented performances in Nottingham's Expo, Nott Dance, and Now Festivals. Currently, Muggridge is developing A Curious Meander, which will be featured as part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2011. Sorrel is also member of the Norwich-based arts collective, other/other/other, which is focused on creating and presenting site-responsive and durational work.
Laura Nanni is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist and curator. She has presented her work in public spaces and at festivals, galleries and theatres, including 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Nuit Blanche and Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto; Angel Row and Bonington Gallery, Nottingham; and Galapagos Art Space, New York. With frequent collaborator Sorrel Muggridge, she participated in the Walking and Art Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, in addition to creating multiple site-specific works across Canada and the UK. Other projects include co-editing CTR 126: site-specific performance and Pick 7, an interactive mapping piece devised with Erika Hennebury for Hub 14. Nanni is currently Festival Director for Buddies in Bad Times' Rhubarb Festival.
More on Plotting a City:
The artists would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Thursday, 2 September 2010
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