Acrylic yarn and mixed media
Prints of photographs by Benjamin J Borley
Real Food Store café, Exeter
13 October to 29 November 2014
The original “Particulart” was a collaboration between Clare Bryden and Diana Moore, exhibiting in the Exeter Real Food café during autumn 2014. Knitting and emitting particles was our way of telling other people about the Exeter Incinerator and its potential impacts.
The Incinerator had already happened, and we couldn’t change that. It started operation in spring 2014. But we wanted to encourage Devon County Council to make sure it is operated properly. Our requests in summary:
- increased transparency to enable peace of mind on public health and the environment – that is, enhanced monitoring and public reporting of emissions
- a commitment to waste reduction and recycling – including better information, and composting instead of incineration of food waste
- increased transparency over the contract – including information about the cost to the tax payer, value for money, cost of operation, profit
An independent café, where time is slowed and the audience is relaxed, is the ideal location for an encounter with a bunch of knitted chemistry with a message. Here are a few of the comments and tweets we received:
I do like a bit of #knitted art over coffee.
I was drinking my tea at Real Food, when I noticed a knitted particle on the table, then I realised I was surrounded by organic chemistry.
I wish I could adequately describe how happy I am that knitted molecular chains are an actual thing.
There’s lots more about the installation, the Incinerator and the campaign on the Particulart website.