People and place are at the core of Still/Moving’s practice. Co-directed by Devon based artists, Martin Hampton, Laura Hopes and Léonie Hampton, Still/Moving Projects is a platform for creative activities with a focus on engagement within targeted communities. It began in 2019 as a creative network providing international photographic workshops, screenings and residencies. In September 2020 it will deliver a large scale artwork, Speedwell, commissioned by Plymouth Culture for the Mayflower 400 commemorations.
For the State of Emergency Commissions Still/Moving explores the two metre distance of safety forced under the pandemic regulations, a distance which paradoxically shows care through remoteness while enforcing isolation, yet in cases of coercion, hides from view those subject to a cruelty of touch.'
The work explores these spaces, navigating from the distance of the horizon to the proximity of the home; the local. Moving through levels of intimacy and forms of touch from the caress of a lover, the lifting of a child to sharing a companionable proximity, the phrases ‘HOLD ME’, ‘TOUCH ME’, ‘BESIDE ME’ will be created using a low voltage LED technology.
Forced to live socially distanced lives, our senses are being deprived of what we, as tactile animals depend on: Touch. As our instinct to hold, to caress, to test ripeness or gauge size, to push away, to feel textures is constrained, we begin to feel stifled and emotionally disconnected.