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Wastwater

Sean Burn

re : word

 

14 text-art digital prints

 

1 – 16 October

Project description:

re : word is a sequence of 14 poster-poems displayed throughout the lake district radically rewording wordsworth and bringing a rawer edge and new text for a contemporary audience,  interrogating the notion of ‘the canon’ of english literature. the notion that language is fixed is false, it is gloriously alive: before owning our own labour we owned our voice. the poster-poems incorporate graphics to make a contemporary illuminated manuscript by applying a cut and paste re-sampling technique to the omnipresent, uniform text surrounding us, turning it into a new aesthetic; scratched, grainy and credible. language can be liberating or controlling, we are surrounded and often defined by it, yet we use it to free ourselves. re : word reclaims languages (visual/textual), particularly of the streets and of the vernacular and belongs to an ongoing project called scratch republic, a pan-european project 5 years in the making

Artists statement:

sean burn is a writer artist / performer with a growing international reputation.  cutter - for half moon theatre - won time outs ‘play of the year’ award for young people, 2004.  he is currently completing a new play – voices – for pegasus theatre.   his last short film - stealing brecht - for medialab/artsway has received screenings around the country.  dream horizon, a book of hours was commissioned by dada-south. this year skrev press publish his first full length collection of prose – electrofiction & wrecking ball press his first full length poetry collection - never sleep with anyone whose got more scars than yu.  he  belongs to the art brut / marginal / outlaw territory, creating work as an emotional response to political / social acts around us.                                   

 

Location:

Various locations in Cumbria i

Directions:

poster #

Location of work

 

OS grid reference

directions

1

Calder bridge

NY042060

south/west side of A595 bridge over river Calder

2

Ravenglass (train station)

SD085965

station notice board

3

Barrow in Furness – high level bridge, Michaelson Road

SD197687

centre of bridge, west side - overlooking docks

4

Millom (train station)

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station notice board

5

Helvellyn - Comb Crags ascent car park (Thirlmere side)

NY325136

start of Helvellyn footpath

6

Grasmere  

NY342068

landing stage on lakeshore off A591 left hand side of road (heading south) c.200 yards south of Dove Cottage,

7

Rydal

NY364062

footbridge over river rothay – east end rydal water – off A591 & approx 200 yards south-east of rydal mount

8

Ambleside – Kelswick Road

NY375040

outside library

9

Kirkstone Pass – small car park left side - A592 headed north.  (NOT the struggle car park opposite public house but a mile further on)

NY403088

edge of car park furthest from road looking west to Red Screes

10

Brothers Water

NY405125

public footpath - east side of lake (running next to A592) – south / east corner of lake

11

Cockermouth - footbridge over river Derwent

NY308118

centre of bridge facing east (upstream)

12

Mayburgh Henge, Eamont Bridge, nr Penrith

NY520285

immediately to right of site entrance

13

Haweswater – Mardale Head car park

NY469108

footbridge (east side) over Mardale beck - 

14

Wastwater – northern end

NY181075

Iingmell Beck bridge – south/west end leading to Brackenclose woodland/campsite

 

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Artist's website:

 

Special thanks to: Northern Rail

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