The Quarry

Danby, Charles and Smith, Rob (2014) The Quarry. In: Revisiting the Quarry: Excavation, Legacy, Return. Approaches to the histories and sites of Land Art, 15 May 2014, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. (Unpublished)

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Charles Danby, Department of Fine Art, Northumbria University, and Rob Smith, artist and co-director of Field Broadcast. Collaborators since 2012.

Our work through film, photography and site-extracted material objects investigates processes of being-in and moving through remote and contained land sites, unraveling and reframing proposals central to British Land Art activities of the 1960s/70s in respect of evolving media technologies, altered relationships to site, and new conceptions of document and archive. Our recent exhibitions include The Quarry, IMT, London, 2013 and Site Exploration, Cube, Leicester, 2014. Our presentation looks at how we entered and approached the mythical sites of Robert Smithson’s only work produced in Britain, Chalk-Displacement-Mirror (1969). It considers the multiple sites of the work (actual and fictional) across time and geographic distribution, examining their post-industrial status as material sites, and how new forms of agency can be generated through site re-visitation, fieldwork, and artwork production. It considers our art practice in relation to positions of land reparation and the commercial housing development plans for the quarry site of Smithson’s artwork.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Co-author with Rob Smith of the Symposium: Revisiting the Quarry: Excavation, Legacy and Return. Approaches to the histories and sites of Land Art. Symposium website and collected material including audio recordings: ABSTRACT: This one-day symposium, led by artists Charles Danby and Rob Smith, in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966-79’ (5 April - 15 June 2014), has been organised in collaboration with the Arts Council Collection, Northumbria University and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The symposium considers evolving contexts of contemporary arts practice in relation to the history and legacies of British Land Art. It asks what it is to re-visit a site and what it is that marks a site. It brings together theoretical and practical positions in relation to the dug-out land sites of chalk and limestone quarries, focusing on approaches leading to the production and presentation of artworks, films, documents, and archives, through text, audio, collected materials and field recordings. The symposium considers the quarry as a site – single and multiple - of new relations and active potential, and through analogy as a container. It examines historical, material, and social revision through changing land use, parallel narratives, and post-industrial / post-ecological occupation.
Subjects: W100 Fine Art
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Charles Danby
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 12:19
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 09:03

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