ROSE | ExLab at Bridport Art Centre

ROSE | ExLab at Bridport Art Centre.

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new tab on website for artists blog links!

Some of the ExLab commissioned artists are blogging regularly now and Tweeting away, so do follow them when you can. They will give hot-off-the press updates on their research and tell you about any events they’re hosting in the near future.

We’ll also be migrating to our new website soon, please make  anot of the url: and we’ll let you know when we’re ready!

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@artnucleus simon ryder and simon callery too – ExLab artists updating..

Both Simon Callery & Ryder have been commissioned by Big Picture for the ExLab project to engage in research relating to the geology of Dorset, alongside Mat Chivers, Proboscis and Zachary Eastwood Bloom.

Simon Ryder is sharing his findings about Portland regularly on his blog, as he harvests experiences and stories – objects and histories – collating a very unique response to a very unique location. Definitely worth following…….

Meanwhile, up in Sherborne, Simon Callery is considering the local geology underfoot  – how it changes as one travels towards the coast. Parallel to conducting his ExLab research, he is also showing work in Budapest.

Paper Wall Spine 2009

Handmade paper, distemper, steel brackets

76.5 x 51.4 x 30.5 cm

ExLab is beginning to blossom – soon we’ll be telling you what they are doing and where. But in the meantime, glimpses of how they work and where will be shared here on our blog…..

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Rose Ferraby is blogging about Ex Lab and offers a hybrid view of a scientist/artist

Rose from Exeter University is engaging with Ex Lab on many levels and is becoming an invaluable part of the team. You can read more about who she is meeting and the conversations she’s having here.

Here’s a great photo from her blog of – left to right – Zachary Eastwood Bloom, Simon Ryder & Mat Chivers, all deeply immersed at our research lab day hosted by Creative Coast and Ex Lab and supported by Sian Ede. Thank you to Durlston Country Park for their support.

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shifting thinking @culturemonster @MaritimeMix2012 of coastlines, centres and peripheries

‘Thinking’ seems to be this weeks blog theme. Like Simon Ryder (photo), I am trying to put words to the thoughts. A huge influx of experiences can be difficult to sift through sometimes… can read Simon’s thoughts on his blog, and here are some of mine….

Whilst we are working on the research phase of Ex Lab in the UK, the  Center for Land Use Interpretation in America is exhibiting a series of images depicting and defining proposed centers of the USA. The LA Times carries an intriguing article that makes your mind whirl around. My sister is there at the moment so shared this with me – and I’m glad she did as it has set off lots of thoughts about what the Jurassic Coast is – and how landscapes are on the shift all the time – how this thing below our feet offers a sense of grounding and security, yet is completely unreliable!

Nothing remains the same for long, and the Jurassic Coast is no exception. And it’s not just the land that moves, but how it is managed, who owns it, who frames it. Food for thought.

The exhibition title: ‘Centers of the USA’ is, of course playful and ironic..

It’s a very interesting concept – the centre of anywhere…it immediately made me think of how we say someone is not ‘the centre of the universe’, the ‘world doesn’t revolve around you’. It would be interesting to gauge such centres according to power and money, culture or emotional wealth. There’s also the notion that centres can become peripheraries, and landscapes move too – the border between Italy and Austria is being redefined due to glacial melts in the mountains…..nothing is static…even, as I found out at our research day this week, magnetic north is unstable and moves constantly.

Ex Lab is presently the centre of my universe and it’s fascinating, inspirational and reveals nuances of the world we live in…….

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yesterday we had a research lab day, @MaritimeMix2012 @proboscisstudio @artnucleus @ZEastwoodBloom et al

All the artists for Ex Lab and scientists, partners and host organisations met for a day of discussion and debate about research so far.

There was  a distinct sense of questions hanging in the air…….there were interesting words tossed around the room – some were caught, some bounced off and some swallowed…..


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