Crate has commissioned Juneau Projects to create a new live work for the Shell Grotto. The piece, entitled Formosa, will use unspooled data tapes to produce sounds that will in turn trigger spontaneous projected visuals inside the Grotto’s tunnels.
As well as developing the artists’ continuing interest in the crossing over of sculpture and live music performance, the work explores the Grotto’s enigmatic history – particularly its documented use as a place for holding séances.
The work will be installed at the Grotto for one night only on 13 November 2009 before relocating to Crate’s project space. ‘Formosa’ is part of Bad Translation, a contemporary art programme organised for Crate by Matthew de Pulford.
Juneau Projects was formed in 2001 as a collaborative practice by Ben Sadler and Philip Duckworth. Based in Birmingham, they have exhibited nationwide and internationally. Their first solo exhibition took place at the Showroom, London in 2004, followed by exhibitions at FA Projects, London. They have a longstanding working relationship with Grizedale Arts in Cumbria, which has led to projects in the UK, USA and Japan. They were also included in the British Art Show 6 organised by the Hayward in 2005. Recent exhibitions include a project for the Art Now Sculpture Court at Tate Britain, and ‘Don’t Stop Believing’, which is at Quad, Derby until 15th November 2009.