Unearthing is a multidisciplinary exploration of liminality, displacement and toxic histories held within our built and unbuilding environments. Dawn created a series of installation across a postindustrial complex that drew from archival, found and newly constructed materials – earth, dust, string, wool, paper, paint, plants etc. The work will be revealed through the controlled gaze of live-feed events then fully laid bare by the demolition of the building.
Dancer Nicole Vivian Watson and musicians Adam Denton created a site responsive performance, their visceral, immediate yet deeply considered work drew from project narratives and their own unearthing. The event was live broadcasted to Northern Charter, an arts venue located in the cultural sector also slated for demolition.
The site was once home to the Star and Shadow Cinema, Artworks and an environmental monitoring service, bisected by both Hadrian’s Wall and the Victorian Tunnels as well as going through many other industrial incarnations. Marks of the shifting uses are evident in the building as well as the dust that has settled beneath the floorboards, behind the walls. Using scientific, mythological and artistic approaches pulling back the layers and look at what is revealed during ‘regeneration’, what is unearthed.
The performance, installations and demolition will be recorded and exhibited as a part of a series of events, discussions and screenings at the Star and Shadow in June. The series, programmed by Knox in partnership with Star and Shadow and Newbridge Project, will facilitate dialogue about toxic histories, those hidden and revealed; the way artists inhabit liminal spaces both physically and societally; and the external and internal structures we construct to create a sense of belonging – the rituals, structures and objects that tether us to our past and act as maps to chart our way forward.
This project is funded by Arts Council England and Calmont Group. It is supported by Star and Shadow, New and Northern Charter.