In October AMY CUTLER presents:
LUD CHURCH CHANNEL
The project will involve at least one site visit, using particular techniques to capture and diagram it. This will include natural macro photography of mineral and plant textures, using my Yashica Dental Eye, an old camera designed exclusively for the up-close-and-personal: intra-oral photography, forensic imaging, and macro-photographs of teeth. This camera got bad reviews for making dental patients uncomfortable because the doctor had to get so close.
LUDCHURCH CHANNEL is my project for this year’s edition of Festival Stoke, combining ideas of individual and communal experience of landscape, and of Lud’s Church itself as a form of ‘channel’ in the landscape.
During my residency for the month of September, as part of Festival Stoke’s Festival Echoes programme, I will be creating a film and a soundpiece based in this mossy chasm. This website page will act as a live evolving storyboard for the film, which will be screened at the end of the month. The sound piece will be available to listen to online, or as an mp3 download to be listened to on headphones while descending the stone steps into Lud’s Church.
This page will show the progress of various experiments, including field recordings, the re-animation of existing archives (including the Staffordshire Film Archive and histories of shared environmental regeneration through the National Garden Festival), and notes on the cultural and material histories of this natural cleft in the landscape. I will regularly post images, videos, and annotations showing the working process of the film and its specimens and inspirations. This film-as-public-laboratory will make visible the process of bringing together the human and nonhuman threads of the “green chapel”, as both a private and a public channel; a hidden place for individual ritual, but also a shared landscape at the same time.
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Amy is an artist, cultural geographer, curator, writer, and film-maker who works with ideas of geography and nonhuman others. Follow Amy on Twitter @amycutler1985