PYLON111

We are excited to introduce a new commission through West Cumbria’s very own RE-Drift collective of artists! During October/November we’re working on this: ‘PYLON 111’ focuses on the last days of a lone pylon in the hinterlands of Workington docks that is quite literally at the end of the line. The material history of the pylon stretches back into World War Two, but it will meet its demise on Monday 9th Novemeber when it will be felled and dismembered by PLPC Ltd. This date happens to coincide with the 31st anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. ArtCouple have […]

Listen! It’s World Listening Day

A couple of days ago we did a mobile phone field experiment in preparation for World Listening Day 2020.’The Collective Field‘. We were both amazed by the size of a herd we came across on a walk on the outskirts of Maryport. Simon was fascinated by the sounds of the three different groups of sheep—above, below and beyond—in the vast rolling field. Unfortunately, he neglected to bring his main recording gear and had to make do with a brief documentation with a view to returning the next day. Ursula found the voices of the sheep very human. She always carries […]

Out-O-Space Gallery #1

In which we discuss an unexpected opportunity in the lockdown: first Ursula, then Simon. Ursula: It’s on a scaffolding! What has become our outdoor-gallery, or gallery out-of-space, as now outside the house, out of the inside. A job had to be done that required scaffolding, they didn’t take it down before the lockdown – and now it is here to stay until whenever it finishes. Typical for the weird time we have entered: things, jobs had been put on hold, all our work had been stopped in its tracks, society at large on its head, it’s a kind of waiting-to-exhale […]

The Last Path (1st Movement)

Here we are on a double excursion: first Ursula, then Simon. Where is the end of town? The end is at the end, or the ends. Many ends then, which all must come back to one another. Because in the end, a town comes round to itself. I mean, it’s not a line, it sprawls out. It can be quite line-like, but not totally – it could have a linear form but not just a line. Not a line, so several ends then, not just two! One of them is one of the main roads, on which the sign ‘Maryport’ […]

Liquid(border)Lines

Liquid(border)Lines is an ambitious overarching project that combines all of our art forms, and more! It starts off from where we live, by the Irish Sea, and follows all of its coastlines making a flowing circle. We are currently exploring ideas, meeting people and applying for funding from various sources to help launch the project on a public scale. For this article, we move from Simon’s outline to Ursula’s. Moving from the centre of England to its northwest corner opened up a whole new perspective on what Britain is. Nothing much changed on the level of the country itself, aside […]