Exeter-born artist Simon Pope explores Dartmoor’s community’s relationships with… tin. Far from being a random topic, tin is actually one of the most burning issues for Devon right now as reopening a former tin mine is being considered. As mining has mostly been associated with the North, Pope’s project will be a refreshing addition to the existing body of work on the subject.
The current Oxford PhD student’s aim is to transcribe the locals’ stories and relationships with tin into song and dance. Pope makes an important statement in the video below, where he explains that he approaches inanimate objects like documents, songs and tin itself as living members of social groups – an interesting thought and in many ways absolutely true, if we think what constitutes a community. Just like the inhabitants of Dartmoor can tell stories about mining tin, the latter can tell stories about these people – both sides contributing to the local collective memory and defining the present through the past. Watch the video to find out how exactly will this project take shape over the coming months!
Text by Kati Jägel