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Small Scale Solutions: Re-Inventing the Live Event

Online Conference // Cynhadledd Ar-lein, 21-22.2022
Prifysgol Bangor University

“This Buoy‘s Life: 2”. Multi-media collaborative exhibition, 27.1.2022-3.2.2022, White Box, Pontio

Sounds, installations, visuals and more by Rhona Bowey, Alan Holmes, Lustmord, NWK, Steph Shipley

This exhibition brings together experimental works by artists from North Wales. The artworks range from sound, visuals, poetry, literature, installation to objet trouvé. Anchored as buoys the artworks on display and play will drift with visitors exploring the altitudes of radiant aesthetics and flux semantics. All artworks home in local history and its global wavelengths. Each buoy has its own life, but together they will evoke multiple other stories. Come and find out!

Mo-Fri 12-5pm
Sat. 5-7pm

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Exhibition Booklet available for download here

Hirbarhad – A Durational Performance

As part of "This Buoy‘s Life:2”

Pontio 3.2.2022, 11.30am-7:30pm

2 years. We get this. Covid-19 made us understand two years. 20 years. We still get 20 years. We see decades passing when looking at our children growing up, trees in the garden getting taller and taller, our hair greyer and greyer. 200 years. Here, the challenge start. We cannot experience 200 years with our own life. If we are lucky, we can experience a half-life of 200 years. 2000 years? 20.000 years?  What is time? Why do we think of time in terms of movement? It is running, passing, flowing – or standing still.
The durational performance “Hirbarhad” (Welsh for: long life, endurance) will explore how we can relate to 20.000 years and more, how decades, centuries, milleniums, decamilleniums inform our lives, our behaviours our sense of space.

This durational performance is part of the exhibition “This Buoy‘s Life:2” in the White Box in Pontio (27.1.-3.2.2022).

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Collaborative Meeting 11th December 2021, 11-1, White Box, Pontio

After embarking into the collaboration in a state of emergency yn Ynys GaFaelog November 20th, 2021, the tides will wash us ashore on December 11th, 2021 at the whitest beaches of north Wales mainland: The White Box in Pontio. Survivors we are, exploring we will do: rescues, shelters, utopias bach we might find in form, shape and imagination of rescue buoys... 

The rescue buoy is a tool of survival. Therefore, the rescue buoy is related to the cultural practice of marauding (transforming into “marode, kaputt” in German). Yn Ynys GaFaelog we learnt that “marauding” was a technique of survival emerging from the devastating reality at the end of Rhyfel Deng Mlynedd ar Hugain. 30 years of war caused the long-lasting breakdown of social order, landless peasants banded together to protect themselves from soldiers of both sides. Those soldiers – released from duty, and lost in hunger, homelessness and a socialization into terror, devastated areas before moving on, leaving large tracts of land empty of people and changing the eco-system... 

Founding the ephemeral state of emergency and imagination, we gathered techniques of catastrophic survival beyond marauding and on December 11th, we will bring this a step further and keep the wave rolling. When Ynys Gafaelog uncovered the wisdom hidden in the year 1684, when the usage of the term marauding was first documented for the English language, the White Box might dive into history again, and explore the survival skills emerging from the year 1940. This is the year when the rescue buoy was designed following the suggestion of Generaloberst Ernst Udet to provide shelter for the Luftwaffe pilots or crew of aircraft shot down or forced to make an emergency landing over the English Channel. But rescue buoys saved the lives of German as well as the lives of Allied aircraft crews.  

Together we can ponder which designs would be appropriate for survival today? Might your mended finding from Ynys Gafaelog be of any use (please bring, if you can)? What does a boat repairing shed have in common with a rescue buoy, what are shared features of marauding and floating? Will our passports be of guidance, why are we carrying them with us (please bring, if you can)? 


Some historical documents with annotations by Sarah in brackets: 

A 320-foot red and yellow striped rope anchors the buoy (which is designed as womb for male crews) at a fixed location (standpoints = anti-fluxus, to be avoided), but allows a limited (transgression) drift, thereby indicating the direction of the current to aircraft (interesting phrasing: the machine is in distress, not the crew) in distress. The buoy is painted (passive voice) light yellow above the water line, and red crosses against white oval backgrounds are painted on each side of the turret. 

The cabin accommodates four persons (by the way: all male) comfortably (why comfort in an emergency?) for several days, and in an emergency, the crews of several aircraft can be taken care of (friends and enemies alike?). It is electrically lighted by storage batteries (in Wales soon to be charged by nuclear power again), but in case of a breakdown kerosene lamps or other lighting devices are provided (solar panels). There are two double-deck beds and adequate cupboard space for first-aid equipment (we do not want first-aid we want final-aid), dry clothing and shoes, emergency rations (austerity), and a water supply. Hot food may be prepared on an alcohol stove. Cognac to relieve chill and cigarettes to quiet the nerves are also provided (this pub will not go back to lockdown). Games, stationery, playing cards, etc. afford diversion until rescue is effected (meaning: the rescue buoy is not the rescue!). Depleted supplies are always immediately replaced upon the arrival of the rescue ship (= thus rescue is imagined as passive and something to passively wait for). 



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Find Utopias Bach yn Ynys Bach. Become Metamorffosis yn Ynys Faelog.

NWK and Utopia Bach invite everybody and everyone to Ynys Bach (Menai Bridge) for finding our hidden futures in the potentiality of a deflated buoy, or the leftovers of a boat wreckage, between the bridge piers of the Menai Bridge Suspension Bridge, or beyond the horizon of Beaumaris Pier.
Together, we will find out how lost objects, rotten images, rough words and ideé trouvé on Ynys Faelog could be re-used for a future society – tomorrow, the day after tomorrow next month, next millennium, next decamillennial, Hect Millenium, mega-annum or giga-annum.

We might embark in the imaginary founding of the imaginary state of Utopia Ynys Bach, in our pockets only the NWK-passport. A passport for all citoyens of art.

When: 20.11.2021; 11-12:30.

Where: The perishing Boat Repairing Shed on Ynys Faelog, Menai Bridge:

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Crone Cast on the Beachcrone cast on the beach

A rare opportunity for observing Crone Cast at Dinas Dinlle. Crone Cast is a rare species and you do not want to miss your chance to observe them in wildlife. Come and join us, bring your binoculars, and a flask of hot drink. Please do not bring children or dogs, as Crone Cast is easily startled and requires a quiet, calm and stock-still spectator. Surely a challenge, as the opportunity to observe Crone Cast in always generates excitement.

Where: Dinas Dinlle, north end (L54 5TW)

When: Sunday, 24.10.2021 3pm; Sunday 30.10.2021, 11am.

Photo: Ed Straw

When Hap and Hapwen Happened to a Happening

A NWK-Event.

Hendre, Pentraeth – 20.7.2021

poster for the Hap event


An Imaginary Museum for Metamorffosis

11.8.2021, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Location: Online Event

More information.

Metamorffosis-Festival: 21.-27.6.2021 in Gwynedd and Anglesey

Meet the Artists: 14.6.2021, 7pm via Zoom