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Diaphanous (2021) is a research-based commission for Ingestre Orangery, developed during Pleasure Ground — a residency and commissioning project and public programme funded by Arts Council England, initiated and supported by Ingestre Orangery and Haarlem Artspace, curated by Haarlem Artspace Co-Director Olivia Punnett.

Pleasure Ground asks what role Ingestre Orangery has served and considers the relevance of this site today; with local and global ties, how historical spaces like these can be used for positive change; becoming inclusive and creative spaces for sharing and celebrating pleasure now?

 Invited as one of the inaugural Pleasure Ground artists in residence, with Ama Josephine Budge and Verity Birt, I spent four weeks learning about the history of the Orangery from people living and working in Ingestre, using field recordings, landscape photography, movement practices and walking, and text to engage with the site.

Diaphanous (2021) interprets Ingestre Orangery and Gardens as a site of multiple imported identities, investigating it’s themes and histories of exoticism, orientalism, colonialism, show, and pleasure through digital collage, nature writing, performance, and sound.

Dawn (2021)

 1. Dawn

Embarking early along the long walk, Black Mondo grass sprouts modestly low, easily missed in eager anticipation of pretty flowers. Two bushy blankets of Japanese Maple flank either side of the promenade. Passing under the Yew arch, further down on the left, the Smoke Tree plumes upright. 

Image: Gavin Repton

On dewy-soft lawn I bathe. Born again, today, my soles are purified. Water leaks up from the ground and over me, mingling with salt, sublimating into bright birdsong skies.

Reach into entirety and faith (2021)

Unhurried, listening to the dew and to the trees, I pour into a full sky, listening to the drifting shade and to the warmth on my face: I reach into entirety and faith.

spiked flesh stratified within the mantle of life (2021)

Soaked into the ground and washed away, by rivers flowing into seas flowing into oceans: blood-loss, and extraction, and death: spiked flesh stratified within the mantle of life.

Transpiration (2021)

Unmet expectations: hearts that lead the eyes to see the superadded trauma, the ghastly, insidious, transpiration. And the enduring, sophisticated sufferings cultivated in a bygone era, piercing as deeply now as then.

Image: Gavin Repton

Peace, restoration, and remedy – that the death soaked bedrock might give way, might yield an answer, an opportunity, a cure in a tincture of dark clouds and smoke.

 

Questions shore up.

How much more attention is required to perceive the Black blood soaked roots, the shoots and branches writhing in earth fertilized with fear – recoiling and ruddy beneath the green lawns that roll across each square inch of British soil? And what of the enclosures: how many souls are encroached upon this side of the subterranean?

All text and images except where stated
© 2021 Adam Moore

 


Pleasure Ground is curated by Olivia Punnett and funded by Arts Council England.


Special thanks to

Ama Josephine Budge
Verity Birt
Olivia Punnett
Lara Rowe
Bev Shepard
Anna and Aaron Chetwynd
Gavin Repton

 

 

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