Slow Boat: Summer 2012 is a major national collaboration between Chisenhale Gallery and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham in partnership with the Canal & Rivers Trust. Slow Boat is a converted canal boat that acts as a catalyst for young people (aged 15-20 years) to produce and present their own work, as well as that of other artists. Travelling at an average speed of four miles an hour the journey along the Grand Union Canal connecting Birmingham to London takes two weeks.
With a crew composed of artists Benedict Drew and Sam Belinfante, Propeller and Ikon Youth Programme and gallery staff, Slow Boat arrives in London during the second week of the Olympic Games when it will be moored for one week outside Chisenhale Gallery (5-11 August). Whilst retracing the canal’s historic trading route and the changing industrial landscape, the crew are producing a dynamic programme of radio broadcasts and field recordings, alongside, performances, screenings and drawings presented on the boat and at the gallery.
Using field recordings and audio mapping, the Propeller group have been working with Drew to document their surroundings, questioning the misinterpretations that can arise from these translations. This, as well as interviews, video footage and animations produced during Propeller sessions, forms the starting point of a new video examining the changing landscape of East London as well as a sound track composed by Propeller member, Ruth Elliot.
Drew is also turning Slow Boat into a sound installation. Using hydrophones, underwater sounds will be transmitted inside and outside the boat as it journeys from Birmingham to London, and the musical score is being played back to the gallery.
Propeller members (2011/12): Reiss Akuwudike, Polly Alexander, Yero Biu, Sean Burns, Sarah Doherty, Thomas Doherty, Eva Crossan Jory, Ruth Elliot, Laura OLeary, Kai Turner and Tyler Young.
Benedict Drew (b. 1977) lives and works in London and Whitstable. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with exhibitions in Japan, the USA and Europe. He has made several works for radio, most recently the series ‘Unter Radio’ on Resonance FM. Recent solo exhibitions include; This is Feedback, Outpost, Norwich (2012), Gliss, Cell Project Space, London, (2012), The Glass Envelope, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2012). Group exhibitions include, The Map is the Territory, Banner Repeater, London (2012) and The Persuaders, James Taylor Gallery (2011). He is currently a member of the LUX Associate Artists Programme.
Sam Belinfante, (b.1983) lives and works in London. He has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally, solo exhibitions include A Bocca Chiusa, Concrete at Hayward Gallery (2011), Sam Belinfante: Three Works, Southard Reid (2010) and group exhibitions, Cage Mix: Sculpture and Sound, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Trace, Stoltzestrasse 11, Frankfurt (2007).