The Bony Labyrinth
by Ross Taylor
in collaboration with James Ferris
'Windows are good for staring at ... and through. And, buses have the best windows. Crystal surfaces that contain quiet, concentrated moments that help intensify thought and order the sub-conscious. On the bus, we become aware of the way in which we are viewing the landscape - ‘Nature’ appears to be in-between locations, experienced in a kind of quiet roving intermission. The patterned seats serve as a place to contemplate what we are experiencing, it’s a mediated space, where glass acts as a filter, between ourselves and the land in all its completeness. We use these windows to view areas that may appear without buildings and histories, or the structures of locality needed for language to be pinned onto. Words and symbols, that become synonymous with a field or track, or markers that help inform and build the identity of a terrain in our minds. The landscape becomes as a place with which to project onto.'
During my time spent in Småland, I have been trying to translate my experiences in the Lessebo area, into sounds and images. In collaboration with fellow artist James Ferris, we have created a series of interventions that will punctuate bus passenger’s journeys who travel between Lessebo and Hovmantorp. Posters, found at the stops, and sounds, found on this site, act as an informal set of preparations, that could accompany us within these solitary experiences and assist a situation where conventional language might not necessarily prove effective.
Devil’s pebbles (Lessebo Station)
1:30 Picking up, Picking (Stationsgaten)
4:00 a leg (Parkgaten)
4:08 Pushing a cup off the side of it (Industrigaten)
5:05 Wood picked up, wood not picked up (Linneskruv)
6:04 My name is a town (Strombershyttan)
6:33 Moving my finger around the edge of paper (Dalgaten)
8:51 The 3 sounds of a place (Hovmantorp)
9:05 mins total
The Bony Labyrinth is a Residence-in-Nature project.
Residence-in-Nature is not an Artist-in-Residence program. It is not a site-specific artistic work. Rather, it can be seen as an experiment and a method in the scale 1:1, inviting participants from different backgrounds, who express themselves artistically through a host of disciplines, to spend time and work in the region of Kronoberg.
Residence-in-Nature was initiated by Åsa Jungnelius as a long-term collective art project. It was based on her own experiences of context-specific artistic work in a rapidly depopulating area where the post-industrial condition highlights a complex setting. The landscape in Småland is intimately linked with the material culture that gives the coordinates for our economic, social, political and ecological situation.
Starting, opening, beginning and continuing from May 28 to September 25 for the 2015-16 residency in the Region of Kronoberg. A symposium and public party stemming from the project and in collaboration with ‘Moving Mass’ and Lisa Rosendahl will take place on 25th-26th August 2016.
Residence-in-Nature is carried out with support from the Region of Kronoberg and Växjö Municipality, in collaboration with Iapsis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists.
With special thanks to the users of the 218 bus route between Lessebo and Hovmantorp, Länstrafiken Kronoberg and the Lessebo Kommun.
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