The presentation of the CUT/STACK/BURN archive at Happidrome developed out of an invitation from the HEATH project to create a site specific work that brought heathland into the public focus and be part of the wider 'Heath Fest' across Cornwall summer/autumn 2007. The wide ranging events of the Heath fest made it possible to present the CUT/STACK/BURN archive in a site specific context that further underlined the link between CUT/STACK/BURN, the work of the HEATH project, the communities that helped create it and its link with the landscape and our activities within it. Often when making art work artists create other visual threads of investigation that never get seen. With this in mind I set out to create a visual archive that encompassed more than just the final event itself. Some of the most memorable moments of the harvesting/gathering/making activity happened at the edge of days routine. Watching children play for example, using their imagination to turn an arduous task into something that was fun, like, I imagine, in harvest days of old. This was a brilliant experience but harder to categorise and present. By taking public archaeological collections and exhibits as a reference point I began to curate my own archive as a way of attempting to bring to light some of these unseen aspects. This presentation of new work and visual archive is a result of that process and development. During the 4 days of the event a programme of films from the C/S/B archive were shown. A collection of artefacts generated by the project and the peripheral activity surrounding its construction, destruction and aftermath were also displayed. The importance of the archive material and its legitimate inclusion in this presentation is, in part, an attempt to highlight the relevance of unseen research activity generated as a consequence of site specific project. The use of internet blogs/film/photography/found objects/artefacts from the burn itself, to chart the development of the work became an increasingly important tool. Not just as a record but how they eventually and unexpectedly became art works in their own right.

FILM/PHOT/ARTEFACT was made possible with the help of the HEATH project, Sara Bowler of the Happidrome Art Space Goonhilly downs, the National Trust and Natural England. After the exhibition ended Barriers 1/2/3/4 were destroyed by a tractor mounted chipper.

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