FIELDCLUB

2004 - 2012

An experimental 4 acre smallholding and off-grid settlement in the Southwest of the UK.

Chaney lived at FIELDCLUB in a small bender for seven years while implementing a model of food production based on a theoretical equal division of available agricultural land between the current UK population. The model was developed using the FieldMachine software (see 'Hypothetical Reterritorialisations').

The project generated a realist critique of 'back to the land' utility, and although ultimately failing as an experiment in self-sufficiency, illustrated the principles of dark ecology 'in vivo' as Chaney subjected the praxis of enmeshed living to the prism of artistic practice. For seven years Chaney located himself as just another species in a geographically restricted food web according to the Hutchinsonian niche model, and documented the ethically problematic results.

The FIELDCLUB project generated a substantial body of artistic research – a selection of works can be viewed in the drop down menu for 2012.

Some elements of the experiment were developed in collaboration with curator Kenna Hernley.