Artlands and Anna Best present Bearpits+Landmines - a computer game for i-phone and web in collaboration with digital production company Mudlark. Bearpits+Landmines has explored a mutable, tangential set of ideas and images surrounding the delivery of Cyclopark - Kent’s largest project in the Olympic year of 2012.
Bearpits+Landmines will be launched as part of Rumble, Rattle and Spark: Fire and Explosives in Artists' Film at WOMAD Festival 2013. Flames, smoke and sonic booms are linked to ideas of both good and evil: the fires of Hell and the comforting flames of the home hearth; the causes of death and destruction, and the celebratory use of fire in festivities throughout time. The programme includes work by artists who are attracted to the transformative power of fire and explosives, and others who have considered the personal and political impact of the explosive's destructive force.
Artlands is a cumulative programme of public realm contemporary art commissions which explore North Kent's identity, creating connections, encouraging innovation and responding to the unique qualities of the region – its landscapes, its heritage and its people. Artlands inaugural commissions take place throughout 2011 and 2012 and launched with the highly acclaimed Sleepers Awake by Heather and Ivan Morison at Milton Creek in Sittingbourne. In July 2012, Artlands opened The Ecology of Colour by architectural practice Studio Weave in Dartford's Central Park, which was awarded three RIBA awards in June 2013, including Building of the Year, South East.
Cyclopark is a new sports facility providing visitors with 3km of road circuit, a national standard BMX track, 6km of mountain bike trails, a skate bowl, play area and outdoor sports facility. Alongside these sporting attractions, Cyclopark offers a pavilion with café, retail space, health treatment facility, community rooms and training workshops. Located just south of Gravesend, and within easy access of the M25, A2 and Ebbsfleet International, Cyclopark is the single largest Olympic legacy project in Kent and makes a significant contribution to the continued regeneration of the Thames Gateway.
Artlands and Anna Best would like to thank the following individuals, organisations and businesses for all their help and support in the realisation of The Bearpit and Bearpit and Landmines