Still moving

In-tutition: Still Moving

The title, In-tuition’, describes the artists’ desire to place them­selves in a posi­tion of being a stu­dent of the world.

04/04/23 – 16/05/23
Opening Times
Sun–Mon, Closed
Tue–Sat, 10:00 – 16:00
The title, ‘In-tuition’, describes the artists’ desire to place themselves in a position of being a student of the world, inverting the accepted hierarchy of mankind’s attempted domination of the non-human world. In order to learn we must develop a sensitivity to nature and be open to the way that it might speak through us. Embracing magic as a space of intuition, connection and possibility is a way to liberate our constrained ways of experiencing the world and reorientate our attention back to the fundamental elements that sustain life - water, air, earth and fire. It is the callous exploitation and disregard of these elements since the industrial revolution that has led us to this point of ecological crisis.

England is a land that has been subject to ‘capitalist sorcery’ for over 500 years. A psychic and bodily rift between England’s inhabitants and the land has formed, a disconnection resulting from the history of the Enclosures, the destruction of the Commons and the persecution of the Witches.

These forms of capitalist enclosure and persecution coincided historically and broke down our Indigenous spiritual identity, our connection to land, spirit, other. Still Moving’s practice aims to traverse these psychic and manmade boundaries, unearthing ancient and modern ways of being in the world, mysterious, open and interconnected.

The Common lands that surround Great Torrington escaped the early privatisation of the Enclosures and have been fiercely defended ever since, becoming central to the traditions and defiant identity of the town. The free access to the land they represent is vital to nurturing this magical, intuitive connection to nature. Through a series of walks and conversations with local people, Still Moving will explore the boundary between the Commons and the private land that borders them, taking this ‘edge land’ as a starting point for installations / sculptures / artworks within the gallery space at the Plough.

These organically evolved works will act as invitations to enter into a co-creative relationship with the land. By paying attention to the material and spiritual aspects of land, we might learn what it wants to be, and what new alchemical compositions it wishes to conceive. Our intention is to transform the gallery into an expansive space where the unbordered potential of found elements can be expressed.
Still moving