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SUKI CHAN: MEMORY


This year, SAW commissioned London-based artist and filmmaker Suki Chan to produce a short film entitled Memory.


Chan’s deft, nuanced, finely-honed style, draws us into an appreciation of the contrasts of geological time and a human life span; of neurological processes and geological processes; and unexpected similarities between micro and macro perspectives.


Her enigmatic images have a strange, compelling power - given further authority by voice-overs that tell of pilots caught between life and death, traversing the air above the earth, some able to reflect back on their hard-won experiences, some forever silenced.


The textured soundtrack composed by Dominik Scherrer features stories by former RAF pilot Dave Linney and wartime historian Robbert Turner.


Commissioned by Somerset Art Works. Funded by Arts Council England.


SAW thanks individuals and the following organisations and their teams to make this project possible:


Steart Marshes WWT Cheddar Gorge & Caves Somerset Film


Memory is the first chapter of an ambitious multi-platform project investigating consciousness. The development phase has been funded by Arts Council England and supported by Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN).


Suki’s work has been shown at the Liverpool Biennale, Art Basel Hong Kong, Frost Science Museum, Miami, US; Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; and Dr. Bhau Daji Museum, Mumbai, India. Chan is represented by


Tintype London.


Venue 131: Somerset Film, 50 - 52 High Street, Bridgwater, TA6 3BL. Monday - Friday, 10am- 4pm.


Event: Suki Chan in conversation with curator Paula Orrell, Saturday 21 September, 2 - 4pm.


Sukichan.co.uk somersetartworks.org.uk


ASK SOMERSET’S


PLANTS Ask Somerset’s Plants is a new participatory sound work that uses plant knowledge to help solve everyday human problems and dilemmas. Guided by questions submitted by the public, the artists and local plant experts have visited special habitats in Somerset to meet plants whose qualities and life stories can hold a mirror to the challenges we face as humans.


These discoveries have been edited to create a series of audio journeys that can be accessed through displays at libraries across Somerset, heard on BBC Somerset during the Art Weeks Festival and downloaded as podcasts to listen to at home or on your visits to the plants.


The schedule is available at askthewild.net/asp/


Commissioned by Somerset Art Works. Funded by Arts Council England, with additional support from Somerset Film and Somerset Library Services. Special thanks to the plant experts, RSBP, Plantlife, Natural England and Somerset Rare Plants Group, who assisted the artists to make this project possible.


Ask Somerset’s Plants is an extension of Ask The Wild - askthewild.net - a participatory project exploring knowledge beyond the human, which climbs across the barriers between different disciplines and opens up unexpected pathways of creative thinking for everyday life.


Feral Practice works with human and non-human beings to create art projects and interdisciplinary events that develop ethical and imaginative relations across species boundaries, with recent work at The Bluecoat, Taipei Biennale, LUX London, PEER UK, Chapter, and Peacock Visual Arts.


Marcus Coates is a performance artist, writer and filmmaker. His work continually draws parallels to examine how we perceive human-ness through imagined non-human realities. Recent work at Serpentine Gallery, Kate McGarry and Hauser & Wirth, Somerset.


Their collaborative project Ask the Wild has been presented at Whitechapel Gallery, Tate St Ives, Turner


Contemporary, Whitstable Biennale.


Event: Join the artists for an informal walk and talk starting at Bridgwater library. Ask questions and discover answers from plants as you walk. Saturday 21 September, 11am - 2pm. Booking essential. Contact: info@somersetartworks.org.uk.


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Photographs: ‘Memory’ by Suki Chan (2019), ‘Ask Somerset’s Plants’ by Shannon Watson


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