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Juneau Projects

Juneau Projects was formed in 2001 by Philip Duckworth and Ben Sadler. The majority of their work includes participatory elements and involves projection, sound, music, animation and installation. They are particularly interested in the rapidly increasing speed of technological development, and its associated obsolescence. Recent work has examined the overlap between performance as musicians, sculpture and installation, an example of which are a series of homemade devices which attempt to function as both sculpture and playable musical instrument. Their new wall-based works examine equipment-fetishism and the DIY processes which facilitate their electronic music.

Recent works have evolved from the artists' interest in fictional depictions of post-apocalyptic societies. In Gleaners of the Infocalypse for Tatton Park Biennial, 2012 (in which the artists converted the rear half of a passenger jet plane into a feral wildlife artist's studio), Juneau Projects attempted to consider their own value as artists and how the output of their occupation might be used as a commodity to trade in order to survive. The role and use of technology within a post-disaster situation is reflected in a series of recent Perspex and Oak laser cut sculptures a well as large-scale public commissions. The works envisage a new society in which industrial production methods are repurposed for the creation of bespoke objects and shrines.

Selected solo exhibitions include ’Welcome to Happy Redoubt’, Somerset House, London, UK, 2013 (forthcoming); ‘Chapel of the Infocalypse’, Frequency Festival, Lincoln, UK, 2013; 'Blackbird in Infospace', MOVEMENT Gallery, Worcester, UK, 2013; 'I am the Warrior', John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, 2013; 'The Infocalypse Stack', Ceri Hand Gallery, London, 2013; 'The Colour Bright', Site Gallery, Sheffield, 2012; 'I am the Warrior', Pumphouse Gallery, London, 2011; '3 Megabytes of Hot RAM', Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool, 2011; 'The Wooden Way', Satellite Gallery, Newcastle, 2010; 'Don’t Stop Believing', Quad, Derby, 2009; 'Wellcome Midsummer Picnic' (project), Wellcome Trust & General Public Agency, London, 2009; 'The Principalities', Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University, Kingston, 2008; 'Trappenkamp', Tate Britain, 2008 and 'I Went to Woods', New Art Gallery Walsall, 2008. Selected group exhibitions include 'Art Across the City', LOCWS International, Swansea, UK, 2013; 'A3 Works', A3 Projects Space, Birmingham, UK, 2013; Russian Club Presents ‘Wonderland’, Annely Juda Fine Art, London, UK, 2013; 'Square Wave', A3 Project Space, Birmingham, UK, 2013; 'Revolver: Part One', Matt’s Gallery, London, UK, 2013; Tatton Park Biennial, Cheshire, 2012; 'Satellite Project', Space, London, 2011, 'Small is Beautiful', Flowers Gallery, London, 2010; 'The Witching Hour', Birmingham Art Gallery, 2010, 'Experimenta Folklore', Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany, 2008 and the British Art Show 6, Hayward Touring: Baltic, Gateshead, International 3, Manchester, Bonnington, Nottingham, BCMA, Bristol, 2005.
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