The Lament of the Accolade Tree

Dan Shipsides, Beggs Neal

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

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A commissioned exhibition of new research consisting of audio-sculpture, sculptural installation, print, vinyl record and interactive electronic audio. Alongside the exhibition was a performance, artist-talk conference, commissioned vinyl audio work and live piano performance of that audio work.
The exhibition centres around the ‘tree’ as a motif, stemming from the idea that the high terrain treeline broadly marks a shift in territory from habitable to non-habitable.
The idea that ‘we live beneath the trees' becomes a poetic sensibility echoed biblical, folksong and modern idylls of the glade e.g. Adam and Eve (Genesis), the Soldier and the Lady (18th Century folk song), and Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe (Manet, 1863). The Accolade Tree, as a research motif that SBP develop, originates from a hybrid exploration of sources; no-mans-land WW1 observation point constructed trees, Shamanistic masks, Charlie Chaplin’s Shoulder Arms (1918), David Bowie enigmatic hand gesture (1972), the tree in emerging modern landscape painting (esp. Pissarro, Cezanne and Mondrian) and many other popular or folk culture regarding anthropomorphic or special trees e.g. The Singing Ringing Tree (1957) and The Lonesome Pine (1912). These are all themes explored in The Anarchy Tree artist-talk conference.
The Accolade Tree sculptural work acts as the centre point for the installation. At approx. 3m high and 3m wide and deep, the Accolade Tree is designed as an acoustic device, built in 4quarter sections using the construction materials and techniques of an acoustic guitar, the tree amplifies any vibration brought to it. The motif is also graphically developed as a series of screen prints. The long standing SBP use of the term “Still Not Out of The Woods” is further expanded as a sculptural installation with each letter acting as a cajon instrument. Other relevant motifs are also developed such as the Wolf (Nottanum 2017) and the Twisted Wire.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2018

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  • Activities

    • 1 Invited talk

    Shipsides and Beggs Projects Another Fine Mess Q&A

    Daniel Shipsides (Speaker), & Beggs Neal (Speaker)

    4 Sep 2020 → …

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Research Output

    Decimation in A-flat and D-minor - Configured for Live Piano

    Shipsides, D. & Beggs, N., 30 Sep 2018

    Research output: Non-textual formComposition

    Open Access
  • The Anarchy Tree - "Artist Talk" conference

    Shipsides, D. & Beggs, N., 16 Jun 2018

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

    Open Access
  • Nottamun

    Shipsides, D. & Beggs, N., 16 Feb 2017

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

    Open Access
  • Cite this

    Shipsides, D. (Author), & Neal, B. (Author). (2018). The Lament of the Accolade Tree. Exhibition