Less Travelled is the road chosen by those who are willing to explore one step further. It refers to less frequented synaptic routes that mediate our new experiences and sensations. To forge new pathways creates original views and new insights. These are the roads less travelled.
To travel is to discover and to exchange, to carry with you, leave behind, to mix, grind and rediscover. Through reflection and confrontation in a completely new environment we may begin to form new views from the outside in and from the inside out. The works presented in this exhibition all respond to this dilemma. Anna Boggon's poetic reflections in cast glass and resin pieces combine with her periscope-cabinet which opens onto new vertiginous realities. Lu Chunsheng's 29-minute narrative video The History Of Chemistry leaves us with an unsettling sense of bewilderment. This feeling becomes even stronger in Yue Luping's Far People Project which deals with personal displacement within constructed and mediated group identities. Lastly, David Cotterrell's self-replicating portrayal of a projected maximum density urban settlement echoes the actual backdrop of a realised dream.
Less Travelled is the concluding exhibition of the Artist Links China programme, a joint project between Arts Council England and the British Council. Artist Links seeks to nurture a fragile cross-cultural environment between China and Britain through links between contemporary arts practitioners. As a development opportunity for artists, the programme has facilitated early stage development of over 60 artists' projects in China and in England. These artists are young, emerging and established practitioners. Their work covers theatre, dance, live intervention, new music, sound work, video and other lens based practice, installation, performance, ceramics, curating, digital work and other cross art form practice. Whilst some of the artists have international reputations, all are working very effectively within their own regions and countries.