Dillan Marsh and Eleanor Clare take inspiration from the Bretton Estate for a new GPS artwork at Yor

Featured Image: Dillan Marsh and Eleanor Clare, Woods, Upper Lake. Courtesy the artists. Download more images

Artists Dillan Marsh and Eleanor Clare have created a new artwork using GPS, which explores the connections between real and imaginative spaces at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP). Inspired by the history of the Bretton Estate and traditions of folk tales and songs, the artwork will be available to visitors via a smartphone app from 20 March 2019.

The Poacher’s Lament & Other Half Heard Tales is a digital and audio artwork developed from onsite research, field recordings and archive material, which visitors can experience using headphones and a smartphone. It features a collection of fictional narratives spoken, sung and performed by both real and imagined characters, and creates a multi-sensory experience for visitors as they wander around the Park.

Triggered by GPS, the audio work automatically plays according to its location in the Park, without the use of data or wifi. The listener becomes part of a sculptural installation, with the surrounding sounds allowing them to enter into an alternative environment – an additional sonic layer to reality.

The narratives included in the artwork – inspired by the artists’ time as Visiting Artists in 2018 – feature the midnight poacher, the hermit and the lost owl, weaving in elements of the Park’s recorded history. The stories are told by characters that in reality, or in a fictional space, inhabit the Park.

The artists also took inspiration from the iconic British sculptors of the 20th century, drawing connections between Henry Moore’s writings on the difference in material reality between sculpture and painting, and his fascination with the interior and the exterior, and looking to Barbara Hepworth who described her relationship to the landscape and her art: “Feeling, seeing, touching, through the mind, […] sculpture, rock, myself and the landscape. This sensation has never left me. I, the sculptor, am the landscape.”

A map of the Park and booklet accompany the artwork, providing further insight into Marsh and Clare’s fictional reality. A pop-up exhibition in YSP’s Boat House on 23 and 24 March, will give visitors a chance to meet the artists, discover more about their practice, and try out the artwork.

The Poacher’s Lament & Other Half Heard Tales will be available to download at ysp.org.uk/MarshAndClare or via loan handsets from the information desk in YSP Centre, from 20 March 2019.


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