29 May - 30 June 2006
The Black Moss comprised of two works by Juneau Projects, one of which Beneath the floorboards of the forest, empty space was developed by the artists during their residency at Wysing in the autumn on 2005.
Beneath the floorboards of the forest, empty space was a text based computer game and visitors were invited to play the game. The game described various landscapes and asked users to make decisions on how to move through these landscapes. Part of the game was written at Wysing and visitors familiar with the area will spot local places and landmarks. Gamers left maps and clues for new gamers and these were pinned to one of the gallery walls.
In, I’m going to antler you Juneau Projects worked with two groups of young people over a long period to form two fictitious bands – The Ebony Angels and The Embers. The two bands worked independently of eachother, designing and making their own costumes, creating publicity material, making artwork for cd sleeves and writing their own songs which they recorded at a professional recording studio. Juneau Projects worked with the young people throughout this process and work included Wysing's gallery was a collaboration between and the artists and young people. The bands have never played together and the gallery environment sets up a face-off between them in a playful ‘battle of the bands’. The music in the gallery, triggered by a motion sensor, is a selection of the both bands’ songs.
The Black Moss was organised by Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and toured to the Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo, FACT, Liverpool and Glynn Vuivian Art Gallery, Swansea. The exhibition was been supported by the Arts Council England Touring Programme and the Henry Moore Foundation.