End of Ends by Steve Dutton & Neil Webb
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Start date: 19-May-2012
End date: 26-May-2012
End of Ends is a text/sound installation by Steve Dutton and Neil Webb that plays with an understanding of the ‘ending’. It is a potentially vast list of ‘endings’ and an ever-expanding sound loop.
The first physical manifestation of the work is presented by BendInTheRiver at x-church in Gainsborough on Sat 19/20/24/25/Sat 26 May 2012.
In 1880 Nietzsche wrote ‘God is dead’. In 1882 the Church of St. John the Divine opened in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. 500 people attended every Sunday. Contradictions between intellectual positions and real human behavior may be fertile territory for artists.
END OF ENDS is the third of three Arts Council funded residency projects at x-church.
Frank Kent made site specific paintings, Charles Monkhouse experimented with Brocken Spectres and now Dutton and Webb are working in sound and text with an apparently endless list of ends.
x-church is a vast empty space holding at one and the same time a sense of something ended and a sense of something beginning. For this project Steve Dutton and Neil Webb have created a text/sound installation which plays on our understanding of beginnings and endings by developing a potentially infinite list of ‘endings’ along with an ever expanding sound loop. Visitors to x-church and to www.endofends.co.uk will have the opportunity to contribute their own endings to this ever-growing project.
Logically the longer the list becomes, and the more the sound expands, the more they should become exhausted, but in reality many people report that the experience of adding to the list pushes their thoughts further towards a sense of beginnings. Ironically, although the invitation is to submit and to consider endings, by doing so, the work and perhaps associated thoughts of possibilities continue to take place.
Steve Dutton and Neil Webb often work within other collaborations but this is the first time they have worked together on one project incorporating sound and text.
Visit www.endofends.co.uk to find the list online.
Visit x-church in May to find the list screened on a continuous basis and enveloped by the accompanying sound.
With thanks to STS Touring Productions Ltd, Kate Buckley, and TJS Web Services.
This project is supported by ACE, The University of Lincoln and Sheffield Hallam University.