'Seascape Escape' was completed in August 1989 and built to escape from art college in Hull. It was made from driftwood found by the river Humber and was about twelve foot long.
The first image shows the nearly completed boat just before launch in one of the art college yards. I built it there so I could climb over the fence when the art college was shut. The boat had taken so long to build that the term had finished and all the other students had gone home for the summer. Instead of going home I remained in Hull; climbing over the fence each day effectively breaking into art college to finish my boat that I was building to escape from art college.
Near the art college in Hull there is a small monument to Robinson Crusoe. This area of Hull, called Queen's Gardens, was built on a filled in dock called 'Queens Dock'. This dock had been so old that it existed about the same time as Robinson Crusoe- had he not been a character from fiction.
In the book Crusoe begins his journey in Hull and by association the suggestion is that he left from Queens Dock. Therefore I like to say that he left from my art college. I also called the boat 'Friday'.
Accompanying me in the boat were my two of my fellow art student friends - Eddie Weldon and Paul Slater. Escaping from Art College in Hull, the first obstacle was the river. The plan was to cross the river Humber which at Hull is about four miles wide. I did not succeed.
Super 8 film footage. Video cameras were expensive and large when this film was made. Although obsolete, second hand 'Super 8' cameras were very cheap. We could afford to lose it if we dropped it overboard. The sound comes from an equally obsolute cassette tape recorder that we had in the boat to record ambient sound and conversation- it became a bit like one of those 'black box flight recorders' that you get in a crashed aeroplane. Passing George dock the the boat collides with a buoy. By chance it was scene by the Lady Joan tug who come out to rescue us. This doesn't go very well either.
Film-Eddie Weldon, Chris Dobrowolski, Paul Slater
Film shown at 'Cinema at sea'. Curated by David Horowitz, 2011.
Film 3 mins, 2 secs
Damming newspaper articles from the local newspaper 'The Hull Daily Mail'. Needless to say a lot of it wasn't true. We did raise some money for the local hospice but that wasn't the primary objective. I knew people were more likely to help if I could say we were raising money for charity rather than having to explain that it was 'art'.