Haggard Caravan

18 April – 1 June 2014, The Calder

Haggard Caravan is an experimental sound and sculpture installation conceived in response to The Hepworth Wakefield’s new space The Calder. The project stems from an ongoing collaboration between artists Tobias Madison, Emanuel Rossetti and Stefan Tcherepnin who use collaborative strategies to disrupt and reflect on the processes of artistic creation. For Haggard Caravan Madison, Rossetti and Tcherepnin have collaborated with Jeanne Graff, Flavio Merlo, Gregory Ruppe and William Z Saunders, who complete the line-up for the group’s band. In their site-specific projects, the group make use of a wide range of media including sculpture, video, painting, music, text and photography. They engage with the gallery as both a production studio and a live space in which they play with temporal aspects of the exhibition experience.

Produced over ten days at The Calder, Haggard Caravan has been made in direct response to the site's architecture, riverside setting and the histories embedded in this reclaimed building. The group are using The Calder as a space in which to collate and process their experiences of Wakefield, the most physical manifestation of this idea being realised as a 30-metre long cement ‘relief’ in which debris collected each day has been embedded in its surface. The work has evolved over ten days, gradually obscuring the main bank of windows in the space, redefining the threshold between inside and out. Intensely illuminated wire mesh sculptures will further play on this idea of sculpture as a filter, drawing visitors' attention to the various gallery infrastructures.

Haggard Caravan reflects on different sources of energy present in and around the gallery, in particular the kinetic energy of the river Calder in which the exhibition space sits. A major element of the installation is a new immersive site-specific audio piece that combines sounds created with a Serge Modular Synthesizer and field recordings of otherwise neglected or ‘discarded’ sounds taken in Wakefield. Lasting 40 minutes and timed to play as a series of ‘sound screenings’ on the hour from midday – 4pm, visitors are encouraged to engage with the piece from start to finish, allowing it to guide their movement through the installation. 

The Calder is open 12 – 4.30pm Tues – Sun. Closed Mondays except for bank holidays and during local school holidays. Open until 8.30pm on the third Thursday of the month and for Wakefield ArtWalk.

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Co-commissioned with The Modern Institute, Glasgow.
Part of Glasgow International 2014.
Supported by Pro Helvetia, Basel Kultur and the Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain

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