Fauna Automata: British Wild Boar

Residency project in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, UK, 2011

Fauna Automata: British Wild Boar aimed to increase public awareness of the presence of wild boar in the UK, whilst re-evaluating the species as culturally relevant.

The project was realised through an artist's residency in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, during July 2011, where a series of works including video work; works on paper; and wooden mechanical sculptures, explored a once-native British species, that had been absent from our landscape for over 300 years.

The project was supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Forestry Commission England.


Gallery

The project's main body of work were a series of 38 photographs taken by the forest's wild boar using simple automata, triggered by trip-wires. These wooden mechanical structures, housing disposable cameras, were installed at various sites in the Forest of Dead and enabled these elusive creatures to be documented and revealed.

 Automata similar to the ones used in the project, here displayed at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.

Automata similar to the ones used in the project, here displayed at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.


Single Edition Prints

Single edition framed photographic prints from the project are available for sale. Each image is produced as a 1/1 original + AP (the artist retains an 'artist's print' for future exhibition use only.)


Exhibition

The project culminated in an outdoor exhibition installed inside the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, August 2011.

Photographs from the project were also exhibited at the Science and Media Museum as part of Ways of looking photography festival, October 2011.

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