Digital is commissioned
and produced by Future Physical (shinkansen/EastEngland
Arts), firstsite and shinkansen for COAST,
an Essex County Council initiative - Essex
Visual & Media Arts with Commissions
East, firstsite and FuturePhysical (shinkansen/East
England Arts) in association with Rochford,
Maldon andTendring Councils and with Clacton
County High School, Colbayns High School
and Bishops Park College.
Coast is an ambitious visual arts project
initiated by Essex County Council in partnership
with Commissions East, firstsite and Future
in 2003 and continuing over three years,
Coast will generate a series of newly commissioned
artworks along the Essex coast in the districts
of Maldon, Rochford and Tendring.
aim of Coast is to raise the cultural profile
of the coastal areas of Essex; develop a
better understanding and appreciation of
coastal landscapes; and promote tourism
in Essex. The commissions will reflect coastal
themes, which might include landscape and
ecology, history, international links, tourism,
recreation, communication or industry.
has four main aspects:
Coast Commissions –
Eight leading artists have been commissioned
to create new artworks that explore, document
and celebrate the often overlooked Essex
coastline, promoting this unique coastal
area. Over the next twelve months a series
of temporary and permanent art interventions
will be developed at positions along the
coast between Harwich and Rochford.
Digital – a major digital
artwork by the internationally renowned
Japanese digital artist Masaki Fujihata.
Fujihata has developed Mersea Circle, an
artwork that tracks people flow around the
island using GPS devices (Global Positioning
System) and video cameras. Just as the tides
and weather shape Mersea Island’s
identity, so too does the movement of residents
and visitors. Fujihata, a group of Rangers
(Essex based artists and filmmakers) and
the public will travel Mersea Islands coastline
on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August
2003. Click here for more information on
how to participate.
The completed artwork will be presented
on the web and exhibited at firstsite, Colchester
from 29 November 2003 – 7 February
2004, and then tour.
Schools – a series of artworks
integrated into new buildings and grounds
at three schools in Clacton – Bishops
Park College, Clacton County High School
and Colbayns High School.
Coast Promotion –
website; exhibition at firstsite, Colchester;
touring exhibition; publication; and promotional