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'One Hundred Years of Industrial warfare'

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Much of my work in 2014 was a response to the commemoration activities and events for the centenary of World War 1.


I began the year with
'Yesterday,Today,Tomorrow',
and ended with 'Flight'.
In between I ran my blog
'One Hundred Years of
Industrial Warfare',
producing a piece of work
each month for the blog
or for exhibitions. 'Salient'

was a short film, accepted for
the Whitstable biennale Satellite
film programme in June, and I
curated 'Canterbury at War'
which opened at the Beaney
House of art & Knowledge
in October.

'Yesterday,Today,Tomorrow' was my first work of 2014. A collage of iconic images of conflict from 1914 to 2014 which featured in 'Trouble & Strife' at the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, in Canterbury.
With the support of the Beaney, I also chaired a discussion among artists and members of the public: 'Can Images move us any more?' in February 2014

(extract here)

My OHYOIW blog

 

'Flight'

Near the end of 2014 I installed 306 porcelain feathers in my local church, to commemorate 306 allied soldiers who were executed; shot at dawn for breaches of military discipline that included desertion, cowardice, quitting their post, striking a senior officer, sleeping at their post, and casting away their arms. Many were young boys. Keen to enlist, they had lied about their age, and could not have imagined the horror of the warfare they were to endure.Many had suffered from shell-shock; psychological trauma that the generals refused at first to recognize. To maintain discipline in the ranks, especially as the numbers of casualties rose higher, the generals took an unflinching line where cowardice and insurbordination were suspected.

In 2006, 306 men were pardoned, after a world-wide campaign of fifteen years. Each porcelain feather carries a soldier's name. and the date of his execution.

A Canterbury Festival event at St Marys Church. Lower Hardres


Visitors reading case studies

 

 

Sub Lt. Edwin Dyett - extract
One of 12 case studies


Each feather is unique, and carries the name of the soldier and date of execution