Juneau Projects was established in 1999 by artists Phil Duckworth and Ben Sadler. Their work incorporates video, sound and performance-based installations that explore the desire to escape back to nature in the digital age, mixing traditional craft with new technologies. Early works involved the destruction of electronic gadgets in a stand-off with nature. More recently the duo have focused on maverick music making, collaborating with local youth groups to create the songs, outfits and customised instruments of two rival fictional bands.
Juneau Projects were first brought together at Grizedale and made some of their first collaborative works for Grizedale Live, including Miccamfire, a performance in which they broadcast the demise of a microphone by lowering it into a fire, its squeals and hisses playing out through speakers nearby. That same evening they enlisted the help of a stalker, a rifle marksman whose job it is to control the deer population in the forest. Their second performance showed the camouflaged figure of the marksman take aim and fire at the lens of a camera, eradicating his own image with its destruction. They also made their formative early work Walkman/Lake on Coniston Water, witnessed by a small audience of invited onlookers. A recording of Richard Strauss' late Romantic composition Metamorphosen played out of a Walkman, attached by a long cable to speakers on the shore. The Walkman was placed in a dinghy that Ben rowed out into the lake; when he reached the middle he slowly lowered the Walkman into the water, gradually replacing the sounds of Strauss' mournful strings with electronic crackle as nature took over the machine.
The Juneaus have subsequently been a perennial fixture in and around the Grizedale programme, as they can often be drawn upon to lend their skills to a variety of circumstances, whether that be devising a radio workshop for Egremont school children or impressing Japanese farmers with their drinking prowess (both surprisingly effective pieces of engaged practice).
Juneaus' book The Black Moss can be purchased online from us here.
2001 - ongoing
2011 3 Megabytes of Hot RAM, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool
2010 I am the Warrior, 67 Wardwick, Derby
2008 The Principalities, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, Kingston
2008 Trappenkamp, Tate Britain, London
2006 The Black Moss, Ikon, Birmingham; Wysing Arts, Cambridgeshire
2004 Motherf**king Nature, The Showroom, London
2010 The Library of Babel/In and Out of Place, 176, London
2010 Party!, New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall
2009 100 Years, 100 Artists, 100 works of Art, Transport for London, London
2008 Experimenta Folklore, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
2006 Reckless Behaviour, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA
2002 No Sleep Till Hammersmith, Central Space, London
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