DARK THOUGHTS ABOUT DARKER WATER
a two-month residency at Grand Union, Digbeth, Birmingham, England
In February and March 2016 we spent two months as artists in residence at Grand Union, a gallery and studio space in Birmingham, England. While in residence we researched The Grand Union Canal - learning about it's history, contemporary uses, and certain future. We developed a performative research practice that allowed us to consider the canal through a critical and creative lens. The water located in the canal played an important role in our explorations and became a strong metaphor for the social and spatial shifts occurring in Digbeth. Along side our work with the water, we considered the historical exploitation of the canal horse, and how, like time traveler, the animals' labour warned of the current market forces affecting the community.
We generated well over a hundred ideas - many of which wouldn't be realized in a short residency. Eight of our projects, processes, and experiments have been brought together in a publication that includes an interview with gallery Director, Cheryl Jones. You can purchase the book here.
The project was supported in part by Canal and River Trust.