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Meeting Proboscis at Burton Bradstock

01.13.2012 · Posted in Art Projects, Stone Exposures

Burton Bradstock, 12th January 2012

On the beach at Burton Bradstock, a group of lecturers in Human Geography from here in Exeter, met a group of artists from Proboscis; an artists collective from London (http://proboscis.org.uk/). They have been commissioned by Exlab (http://exlabproject.wordpress.com/) to create a piece of work based on the Jurassic Coast here.

A chill wind met us, but was soon washed away by tea and cake on the beach. We then set off on a stroll along the beach. The tide was just retreating from the mass, yellow cliffs; the waves sucking back the fine pebbles along the steep arc of the storm beach. People drifted from one conversation to another, taking photos as they walked. BB_JAN2012_6

Lines of footprints stretched behind us. Patches of sunlight drifted down the coast, highlighting the cliffs – the crest of Golden Cap, the rooftops of Lyme.

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Over lunch we discussed how people think about the coast and what difference the WHS status makes to this. Ideas bounced over bowls of warm soup, maps, sketches and books. Eventually we left the cosy pub, to explore the cliff tops. Looking down on the beach, the tide had retreated much further, revealing wave cut platforms – a sleek blue in the golden sand. The footprints formed patterns, concentrated on the flatter parts of the beach .. one lone pair had walked on the freshly revealed sand.

The day revealed a number of themes. Everyone finds it hard to deal with the enormity of this coast – there is so much material – so many things to explore, it can sometimes be hard to focus and find your own path through. We were all interested in the scales of temporality and how to link them. It looks as though Proboscis will produce very interesting work – it was good to see people working with sound as much as vision. And a pleasure to see the process of them finding their way through the Jurassic Coast at Burton Bradstock.

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