On Saturday October 5th, Furnace Park hosted an exhibition by Ben Cain, We’re In A Delicate Phase.
Alongside Ben’s work, which was made on the day with the help of volunteers from SKINN, Art Sheffield 2013 and the French Department at the University of Sheffield, Amanda Crawley Jackson (University of Sheffield) and Bhavani Esapathi (Henry Moore Institute) curated a programme of interventions by speakers from Sheffield and Leeds on the subject of zero hours. This was the first in the PODIUM series, which uses an informal and participatory soapbox format to bring together speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines while inviting spontaneous intervention from visitors to the park.
Once we’ve gathered our thoughts and warmed up a bit from the sunny autumnal chill of the day, we’ll be publishing some of the interventions here online and also putting together a free magazine containing images and ideas from the day, which will be distributed locally in all the usual venues.
Exhibiting 04 October – 14 December at Furnace Park
Ben Cain has been invited by occursus at the University of Sheffield to create a new sculptural installation for the site of Furnace Park—an historical industrial ground on the outskirts of the city centre in Shalesmoor. Comprising interlocking wooden beams, inscribed with text and architecturally assembled to create a fragile structure, the work invents a space within a space which can be altered and arranged in infinite combinations. On each beam there is a line of writing, which in a simple conversational tone presents the work itself as a subject, an ‘I’, to ‘you’ a viewer or user. The work performs, like a brief extract from theatre, examining—in the industrial leftovers of Furnace Park—the idea of the production line, and the conditions of its own production. A maze-machine-building that talks, directs, mumbles, complains and invites, one that’s in need of friends, attention, operators, users and good listeners.
The work will be constructed in situ at Furnace Park on Saturday 05 October.
Ben Cain was born in Leeds and lives and works in London and Zagreb. Working in video installations, sculpture, audio work, performances and printed matter, he implicates the viewer in the production of the work through the interplay of saying and doing, making and describing.