works

Littoral Zone

Installation with cloth elements, fan and two projected HD films, total running time 8mins

Littoral Zone was a newly commissioned work exhibited as a solo exhibition at Plymouth Art Centre from 22 March 25 May 2014. With thanks to Gillespie Yunnie Architects for their support in creating the work.

Text by Vickie Fear: In thinking about proxemics and repetitive behaviour Speed began this piece of work by visiting the south Devon coastline. Observing beaches as a site of constant change and regeneration, she related this back to human efforts at building and creating territory; forming an idea for a filmed performance at South Milton Sands (also known as Thurlestone Sands). Now edited, looped and integrated within the installation, multiple projections hint at the attempt, by a locally recruited group of volunteers, to build a temporary suburb. Battered by the wind and fighting with the customised and awkward windbreaks they hammer away in a Keaton-esque fashion to create a space of their own making. Equally impermanent, Speed has designed a structure comprised of a series of dividing walls for the gallery, creating liminal spaces that mirror those we see in the films. These walls never allow the viewer to be inside or outside, but always in-between.