Event : ‘The Tale’ at Brixham.

Last weekend went down to Brixham, Devon to experience ‘The Tale’, a unique kind of arts trail across Torbay where we encountered performance, art works and installations especially created for this event over 3 weekends. The project has been developed through the collaboration between the writer Philip Hoare and Situations, and includes a number of internationally renowned artists. It was the artist Ellen Gallagher who drew my attention to the project – I spent a lot of time looking at her work through my studies. On the Saturday I was lucky enough to get to the artist talk at Berry Head, Brixham where Philip Hoare was in conversation with Ellen Gallagher and Chris Watson (Sound Artist). Ellen’s work ‘Chalk Water’ has been installed in an ancient quarry close to the water edge, sharing space with Chris Watson’s sound installation ‘No Mans Land’ , a collage of sounds from beneath the ocean. For me this sound installation stood out – initially it crept up on us before we even knew what we were hearing- the haunting, hypnotic other worldly sounds as we walked out onto Berry Head- ‘were they coming from the aerial mast at the light house?’, Then when we realized what it was we went down into the quarry and experienced it as if hearing the sounds of the Ocean on the sea bed. The following day we walked out onto the breakwater, a good distance from the quarry (though it was within our sight), in-between the sounds of the wind and the waves on the shoreline we could hear the occasional sound of Orca, as if they might suddenly appear in front of us.

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