Lucy Livingstone, a visual artists undertaking doctoral research at Northumbria University, will bring her solo show A Journey
Through Space and Time To The Shed, Whistle Art Stop, Haltwhistle this week. Now in her final year, Lucy has spent the last three years exploring fine art practice as a method for researching landscape.
Most works in the show have been generated through a research residency at the Centre of Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, Utah in 2012. Living for a month on the derelict airbase where the Enola Gay plane was housed prior to its bombing of Hiroshima, Lucy made a range of performance, video and animation works during and after the residency.
The show will premier the latest development of Lucy’s animation The Juke Box Cave. Lucy was fascinated by the story of the cave after visiting Wendover in 2009 whilst travelling with the experimental art program: Land Arts of The American West, run by the University of New Mexico.
“I was really excited to be selected for the CLUI residency. I have been fascinated with Wendover and the work of the Centre of Land Use Interpretation ever since visiting in 2009. Wendover was a very small railroad town, but in the early 1940s it was selected to house the largest airbase in the USA. In a few months it went from having 600 residents to over 20000. The airbase only stayed open during the war, but the legacy is that it has become a small casino town, the first casino being built for the airmen. I was interested in the role this strange place in the middle of the American desert, played in 20th Century history, its connection to atomic history and the dropping of the atom bomb.
When I heard about the Jukebox Cave I knew I had to come back. The Jukebox cave is on the outskirts of Wendover. The airmen laid a concrete dance floor, dragged up a jukebox, hung festoon lighting and held dances in the cave. About 10 years after the base closed down archaeologists excavated the cave and neighbouring Danger Cave and found that both sites were ancient dwellings dating back to 9,000 BC. I was fascinated about the nature of this space as a starting point for thinking about how histories collide and become entwined.”
Lucy worked closely with Utah State Parks and Utah Natural History Museum to gain access to the cave and to document the objects excavated from the cave. Filming the objects on a green screen Lucy has been able to make the objects emerge into footage of the cave and make them dance to a Glen Miller sound track. There is a nod to the cave’s origins as a sea cave (the cave was submerged under the largest inland sea in the Americas, Lake Bonneville when it was formed 32,000 years ago) by featuring a water surface to the cave floor.
Lucy’s exhibition coincides with the Nomadic Salon, a program of events Lucy is co-producing with PhD student, Suzy O’Hara at the University of Sunderland to share best practice among the region’s post-graduate and professional practice-led researchers. The program has been funded through the Arts and Humanities research Council, Lucy and Suzy are both award holders of AHRC studentships. The programme consists of 3 ‘salon’ events (where the host directs the topic of conversation), an exhibition, a conference and a ‘book sprint’. Nomadic Salon launched at Newcastle’s Culture Lab on 10 April and travels to Featherstone Castle, Haltwhistle on 30 April, to coincide with the opening of Lucy’s exhibition Whistle Art Stop. The final salon will take place at Thinking Digital Arts in May, while the two-day conference will be hosted by the National Glass Centre in June. The final event, which will see the participants collectively produce a book of their findings, will take place at BALTIC 39 in July.
Lucy was in her final year when she exhibited at the Whistle Art Stop and was based in the postgraduate studios at Baltic 39, Highbridge, Newcastle.
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