Graveyard of Lost Species Launch

The Souvenir at Belton Way, July 2015

Arts Catalyst announces the launch of Graveyard of Lost Species – join us to launch an anti-monument, artists talks and outdoor reception at Focal Point Gallery and Leigh-on-Sea Marshes

Graveyard of Lost Species Launch event programme
2.30pm – 3.30pm Artist talk, Focal Point Gallery, Southend
3.30pm – 4.30pm Travel to site of Graveyard of Lost Species installation at Leigh on Sea
4.30pm – 6.00pm Reception and installation viewing on site

Graveyard of Lost Species, Artists Talk
2.30pm - 3.30pm
Focal Point Gallery, The Forum, Elmer Square, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1NB
Free entry, booking required
With artists Yoha (Graham Harwood and Matsuko Yokokoji) and Critical Art Ensemble (Steve Kurtz, Steve Barnes and Lucia Sommer), chaired by Claudia Lastra, Programme Manager, Arts Catalyst

The artists will discuss their long-term project Graveyard of Lost Species, an anti-monument inscribed with lost and disappearing species of the estuary based in Leigh-on-Sea. The anti-monument is a 30ft boat wreck that will slowly corrode. It is now installed publically on the salt marshes near to the gateway to the Thames. The artist duos will discuss their unique collaboration, as well as processes and production of the project.

Emerging in the late 1980s, Critical Art Ensemble and YoHa are pioneers in a radical art practice that deployed new media as a tactical tool to re-claim, rethink and re-envisage the politics, popular media and artistic practice of the time.

Critical Art Ensemble’s ‘Tactical Media’ has questioned political, scientific and military hierarchies of knowledge and power through developing counter information tools, performing technological process with the public, and presenting scientific experiences as installations.

YoHa create what can be called ‘contraptions’ or allegorical machines which uncover data as a powerful tool that government’s or authorities use to abstract knowledge and implement systems of power through bureaucratic forms of governance.

Travelling to Leigh-on-Sea for drinks reception

3.30pm  4.30pm 
Travel from Southend Central to Leigh-on-Sea by Train (approx. £2.70)

4.00pm – 6.00pm
Location Leigh-on-Sea marshes, Southend, Essex.
Ordinance survey Grid Reference: TQ 82738 85478
Google Maps: 51.539479, 0.633687

Join us for local beer and Leigh-on-Sea cockles by the artwork.

Please bring waterproof footwear as the marsh area is very muddy. The location is less than 10 minutes walk from Leigh-on-Sea train station, there are parking bays at Leigh-on-Sea station and Leigh Marshes car park.
Arrive at Leigh-on-Sea train station, when exiting turn right towards the Estuary, walk past the car park (on your right) and walk towards the estuary path. Walk along the estuary path (west) towards Benfleet, you will come to a cross path and a hard standing where the boat is situated.
This project is sponsored by Cory Environmental Trust and Arts Council England
Focal Point Gallery and Southern Borough Council