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  • Marks, Measures, Maps and Mind
  • John Smith, Horizon (Five Pounds a Belgian), 2012
    Image courtesy of the artist
Fri 1 Jun - Mon 27 Aug 2012

Two new works; a video by visual artist John Smith and site-specific performances by dance artists Dog Kennel Hill Project, have been commissioned by Turner Contemporary, Stour Valley Arts and South East Dance as part of RELAY.

Marks, Measures, Maps and Mind, Dog Kennel Hill Project
26 & 27 August Bank Holiday weekend
At Stour Valley Arts, Kings Wood, Challock, Ashford TN25 4AR
Performances at 12 noon, 3pm and 6pm 

A unique outdoor performance celebrating the physical body through a range of sports driven tasks, in a breathtaking natural setting. 

Sporting challenges and actions form the basis for a dance that showcases the human drive for precision and perfection within the wild, and epic location of the forest, re-kindling the timeless relationship to our natural environment.

Stour Valley Arts, South East Dance and Turner Contemporary invite you to this free promenade performance created with and featuring dancers, local sportspeople, and choreographers from Dog Kennel Hill Project, in the beautiful forest setting of Kings Wood. 
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance as numbers for each performance are limited. To reserve your tickets click here for 26 August and here for 27 August.

To find out more visit

Performances last approx 45 minutes and are outdoors and promenade style so will involve a walk through the forest, please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the environment.
RELAY is a programme of free contemporary arts events, exhibitions and performances
taking place around the south east of England April – August 2012.

RELAY celebrates the London 2012 Olympic Games by taking sport, art and location as starting points for a series of new artist commissions, presented by Turning Point South East, the regional network for the visual arts.

Horizon (Five Pounds a Belgian), John Smith
1–22 June
(Turner Contemporary)
Filmed from the windows of Turner Contemporary and around Margate, John Smith’s new video work is constructed from images of the view out to sea, recorded over several months in dramatically different weather conditions. The work uses a variety of means to stress and contrast the abstract qualities of light, colour and movement, drawing attention to the spectacular improbability of the natural world.

Director Victoria Pomery says, 'This commission has given us a fantastic opportunity to work with John, an artist I have long admired. The film he has created for us is very particular to Margate. It makes us consider the incredible seascape that drew JMW Turner to the town and continues to be a powerful inspiration for artists today.'

Watch an interview with John Smith at the bottom of this page, filmed by Mark Castro and Max Philo, students from Canterbury Christ Church University. 




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Left by Derek Parris on Thu 21 Jun 2012

Glad I caught the last week of John Smith's Horizon. Very good. In turns reflective, unsettling, beautiful, humourous, poignant and engaging.