The Lawes of the Marches

Friday 19th September / 11AM @ Gymnasium Gallery

Looped installation l 11am – 6pm, Thu 18 - Sun 21 Sep l FREE ENTRY

New Commission | World Premiere

Artist in residence Katie Davies has spent the past six months filming hundreds of personal stories of participants involved in the Common Ridings, all along the border of England and Scotland. An ancient tradition designed to preserve boundaries; the Riding of the Bounds takes on new significance in the lead up to the referendum.

Co-commissioned in partnership with Berwick Visual Arts.

Previous work by Katie Davies also presented as part of this exhibition:

The Separation Line
UK | 2012 | 10min, looped
A real-time witness account, compiling the many repatriation ceremonies in Wootton Bassett, UK, each of which paid respect
to dead soldiers, and collectively through repetitive process observed how state borders are inscribed.

38th Parallel
UK | 2008 | 8min, looped
Two border guards patrol the border of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, facing each other in a stalemate
situation sealed by a cease-fire agreement 61 years ago.

Emphasizing the communal process of commemoration, ritual and performance, Davies explores the politics of spectatorship, her installations valuing what is invisible and experiential, over a definitive image or document of eventhood. Previous projects include 38th Parallel, working with the UN Armistice Commission and United States Forces in Korea to film within the Korean Demilitarized Zone, working with The British Home Office, Sheffield City Council and Yorkshire Artspace Society to film Commonwealth, a film observing British Citizenship Ceremonies and working with The Royal British Legion and Wootton Basset Town Council to film The Separation Line, an installation portrait of the British repatriation ceremonies that transformed Royal Wootton Basset in 2011.

< Back to Programme
Artist Katie Davies Country UK Year 2014 Duration 20 minutes