Photo: Georgia Hall
VIDEO (4:55) FOR SHORE LEAVE EXHIBITION
CURATED BY ELYSIUM GALLERY AT COLONY '14, CARDIGAN, AUGUST 2014
Shore Leave was an exhibition of artists chosen by elysium gallery who were invited to take over the old Pantywylan Warehouse in the centre of Cardigan during the Colony '14 programme of events.
The exhibition was inspired by an episode of Star Trek entitled 'Shore Leave', from 1966, which referred to the periods of time when sailors were allowed on dry land in between long voyages. Shore Leave was once the scourge of major sea port towns like Cardigan in the 18th and 19th centuries where hundreds of crew members would descend upon the town and over indulge in pleasures that were not available to them during the months on long voyages.These were people out of the routine of life at sea and on unfamiliar territory, in between places resulting in extreme and unpredictable behaviours.
While researching for Shore Leave at Colony 2014, Jason & Becky uncovered a fascinating link between the television series ‘Star Trek’, and their existing performative sound installations ‘The Tension Between Us’. This link was so compelling it demanded further exploration. Their video work for Shore Leave was an interpretation of these connections.