Gang Days

- Gallery 2

Gang Days is an interactive sculptural installation pieced together from exploration and mapping activities undertaken by Vulpes Vulpes during their spring residency. They have been investigating ancient and modern folklore especially concerning standing stones and boundaries, looking at the history of the University of Bath site and speculating about pre-historical use of land. Drawing connections between the ancient Stanton Drew stone circles and the smaller standing stones in Bushy Norwood (near The Edge), they are also incorporating their own experience of the land into this project.

Stones are often sites of activity; assembly, worship, exchange or conference – acquisition of knowledge; ancient monuments with fluctuating meanings and purposes. Some of their history is uncovered by geological surveys and excavations, but many elements remain a mystery, to be explained with stories. Contemporary folklore is always evolving through oral testimony and gossip. Standing stones can be sites of contemplation, spirituality or frivolity… but are these chosen sites special in terms of geology? Or because of events which have occurred on this land?

Vulpes Vulpes’ work is concerned with social histories, the built environment, notions of community, education and social structures. Collectivism and shared decision making underpin their research process and collaborative working methods. They are interested in non-hierarchical learning and explore ways of creating balanced relationships between artists and participants throughout their projects.



Images: Bushy Norwood, photo by Carla Wright; Cove-Stanton Drew and Stanton Drew, both photos by Anna Chrystal Stephens