Still Not Out Of The Woods

Daniel Shipsides, Beggs Neal

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The Still Not Out Of The Woods phrase is a long standing Shipsides and Beggs motif (this is the first instance of it being manifest into a public form) which points to the ongoing state of sliding from crisis to crisis (as exemplified in Europe by WW1 to which we geo-politically can connect much to) and never resolving situations or becoming safe. The woods tended to be places of danger in previous times, however today there is a twist where we must at least ecologically see the woods as being a vital resource and component of our futures - and perhaps a place of refuge.

This video of an intervention / installation in mountain woodland in there Dolomite Mountains. The intervention consists of twigs manufactured into letters to construct a hanging text of the phrase "STILL NOT OUT OF THE WOODS". The text was located in woodland close to a remote WW1 memorial plaque. The video documents this intervention.

NB: STILL NOT OUT OF THE WOODS - is a phrase which acts as an umbrella term - sometimes used for Shipsides and Beggs Projects exhibition titles, sometimes the title of a new song sometimes as the title of an artwork in the form of a video, object or intervention. It should not be understood as the finite entity or output.

An outcome from the Via Ferrata project.A video and text made onsite near Mt Grappa in the Italian Dolomites.It poetically explores WW1 history making possible connections with contemporary situations such as continuing wars, social / national injustice and the economic context of modern Europe.Via Ferrata ProjectEstablishing a new frame offered through experiential and creative research through which to re-imagine the cultural significance of WW1 to contemporary notions of nationhood, culture and the environment. Expanding previous work (two AHRC awards) on new creative methodologies (cross contextualization) employing strategies and cultural contexts of rock climbing / mountaineering activity.Experiential climbing trips to Marmolada and Grappa in the Dolomites to research Via Ferrata making drawings, texts and lens based footage. Desk based research into The Italian Front in WW1 and the development of Via Ferrata in the wider context of Modernism, Fascism and Futurism. Research made around the UVF and the Ulster divisions in WW1 in relation to contemporary NI Loyalism.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOrchid Studios Belfast
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 11 Apr 2009

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