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Graveyard of Lost Species launch
Sat 23 July 2016, 14:30 – 15:30 BST
Graveyard of Lost Species launch
Join us to launch an anti-monument, artists talks and outdoor reception at Focal Point Gallery and Leigh-on-Sea Marshes
2.30pm – 3.30pm Artist Talk, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea
3.30pm – 4.30pm Travel to site of Graveyard of Lost Species boat Installation at Leigh-on-Sea
4.30pm – 6pm Reception and installation viewing on site, Leigh-on-Sea marshes
Graveyard of Lost Species, Artists talk:
2.30pm – 3.30pm
Location: Focal Point Gallery, The Forum, Elmer Square, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1NB
With artists YoHa (Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji) and Critical Art Ensemble (Steve Kurtz, Lucia Sommer and Steve Barnes), chaired by Claudia Lastra, Programme Manager, Arts Catalyst
The artists will discuss their long-term project Graveyard of Lost Species, an anti-monument inscribed with lost and disappearing species of the estuary based in Leigh-on-Sea. The anti-monument is a 30ft boat wreck that will slowly corrode. It is now installed publically on the salt marshes near to the gateway to the Thames river. The artist duo’s will discuss their unique collaboration, as well as processes and production of the project.
Emerging in the late 1980s, Critical Art Ensemble and YoHa are pioneers in a radical art practice that deployed new media as a tactical tool to re-claim, rethink and re-envisage the politics, popular media and artistic practice of the time.
Critical Art Ensemble’s ‘Tactical Media’ has questioned political, scientific and military hierarchies of knowledge and power through developing counter information tools, performing technological process with the public, and presenting scientific experiences as installations.
YoHa create what can be called ‘contraptions’ or allegorical machines which uncover data as a powerful tool that government’s or authorities use to abstract knowledge and implement systems of power through bureaucratic forms of governance.
3.30pm – 4.30pm
Travel from Southend Central to Leigh-on-Sea by train (approx. £2.70)
4pm – 6pm
Location Leigh-on-Sea marshes, Southend, Essex.
Ordinance survey Grid Reference: TQ 82738 85478
Google Maps: 51.539479, 0.633687
Join us for local beer and famous Leigh-on-Sea cockles by the artwork.
5.00pm: Artists presentation
Please bring water-proof footwear as the marsh area is very muddy.
Instructions on how to get there
The location is less than 10 minutes walk from Leigh-on-Sea Train station, there are parking bays at Leigh-on-Station and Leigh Marshes Car Park.
Arrive at Leigh-on-Sea Train station, when exiting turn right towards the estuary, walk past the car park (on your right) and walk towards the estuary path. Walk along the estuary path (west) towards Benfleet, you will come to a cross path and a hard standing where the boat is situated.
Graveyard of Lost Species is an ambitious collaborative project and anti-monument by artists YoHa and Critical Art Ensemble commissioned by Arts Catalyst.
Graveyard of Lost Species involves recording 'species' from wildlife, marine creatures, livelihoods, fishing methods, landmarks and local dialects that once flourished in the Estuary and are now disappearing. The artists are leading a set of enquiries with people in Leigh-on-Sea and Southend to gather local knowledge of and expertise about 'lost species'.
From this research, the artists have created a public anti-monument, using a local wrecked boat, the 'Souvenir' a 40ft 12 ton Thames Bawley boat, resuscitated from the Estuary mud flats. In Summer 2015, the boat was cleaned and re-configured, whilst sited in a prominent public setting on Belton Way, the main thoroughfare between Leigh-on-Sea station and the old town.
Working with local fishermen and bargemen the artists have routered the lost species into the vessel’s surface and interior. She has been sailed back onto Leigh-on-Sea’s marshes as a part of the local landscape again.
Graveyard of Lost Species is part of Wrecked on the Intertidal Zone (2013-2016), an art and citizen science project that will uncover and highlight local knowledge about the changing ecology, society and industry of the Thames estuary. Artists YoHa, Critical Art Ensemble, Andy Freeman and Fran Gallardo, with Arts Catalyst, collaborated with local people in Southend and Leigh-on-Sea.