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The making of a momentum April 2016

I was one of the four selected artists to attend a micro-residency at Eastville Project Space in the UK. This project space is located in Eastville, an area of Yeovil known once as Newtown for its rows of red brick houses that form some of the oldest social housing schemes in this town. The purpose of my stay was to contribute to the research and development phase of this young initiative and develop the outlines for an embedded future project.

Trained as a visual artist, I consider myself the initiator of collaborative visual interventions. My special preference goes out for projects that focus on the public space as a scene for social enquiries. All projects differ in form and focus on the site specific needs and possibilities.

When considering the Yeovil environment 'a painting', the question is; who made it and what is our role within this landscape?

During my stay I organized three walks (1,2,3) to 'meet' the daily 'making' of Yeovil and the Eastville neighbourhood in particular. I invited the local community, people that were interested in the power of the 'image' to get in touch with me. By analysing the current situation I found new ideas for art that could touch a common interest. Hopefully The making of a momentum will lead in the near future to a visual intervention that is able to contribute to today's scenery.

Since my selection for this residency in november 2015 I started an online research site. You can follow the link below to see, or contribute to this research.

themakingofamomentum.tumblr.com

This project was mentioned in the following press: (more info soon)

The making of a momentum can count so far on the generous support of: Arts Council England, South Somerset Districts council.

Photos on the left are made by Hristina Tasheva.

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Best regards, Edwin Stolk.