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In the Forest, But Not Looking Directly at the Hunters Gun

Ayling & Conroy
The development of the film was instigated through a series of conversations that revolved around producing a new work that would respond to the situation of curating on a Fine Art MA. The work also built on the commission that Ayling & Conroy produced for a previous project 'Responses: Three Approaches to One Space', Spike Island, 2008.

In the Forest, But Not Looking Directly at the Hunters Gun
The film is a continuation of Ayling and Conroy’s concern with the production, experience and mediation of artwork, and builds on previous work such as Sponsor the ICA by subtly agitating the context from within. The meditative quality of the film and gentle probing questions, musings and statements respond to the temporary didactic situation of the work. Not Looking at the Hunter’s Gun also highlights the precarious balance, between curatorial and artistic ownership. Although the artists were invited to respond to a particular context by the commissioner, they have regained partial control of the situation by curating a grouping of work of their own choice. This process of negotiation demonstrates the importance of the carefully developed relationship between artist and commissioner.

In the Forest, But Not Looking Directly at the Hunters Gun from Katie Daley-Yates on Vimeo.

About the artists
Ayling and Conroy worked together between 2005-2010. Their practice grew out of an interest in the context in which artworks are created and received, and the audience’s participation with the work, wherever it exists – both at the point of experiencing the work in the gallery or in its wider dissemination through discussion, documentation and other types of media. Exhibitions included: Curio Island (Version Six), 2008, Croatian Association Of Artists, Zagreb, Ayling & Conroy, 2007, City Gallery Leicester, Stuff Happens, 2007, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham UK and Double Acts, 2007, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton UK. For further information on Ayling & Conroy visit their website.