Station X, MK Gallery’s Project Space exhibition during May, offers a multi-sensory insight into the disused buildings of Bletchley Park, (otherwise known as Station X), the home of the World War Two code-breakers, and arguably one of Britain’s most important historical sites.
The exhibition is the result of a unique collaboration between mixed media artist Maya Ramsay, sound artist Caroline Devine, photographer Rachael Marshall and filmmaker Luke Williams. Together they provide a contemporary interpretation of Station X, by documenting the visual and aural histories imbued in the very fabric of the buildings, before they are lost when planned renovation takes place. This includes work made from surfaces lifted from the walls of the buildings, recordings of sounds produced by and within the decaying buildings, and photographic and filmed documentation of the buildings.
Maya Ramsay makes work using a process to lift pigment, debris and texture from surfaces in the built environment, in particular from buildings that are due to be demolished or restored. Maya specialises in making works that reference war through the associations that abstract marks can create.
Caroline Devine is a sound artist who will be capturing the sounds produced by and within the decaying huts, exploring the spatial aspects of sound. Caroline is interested in voices that may be obscured, silenced or absent, such as the employees at Bletchley who were sworn to secrecy for thirty years after the war.
Rachael Marshall is a photographer who will be conducting photographic documentation of the buildings. Having studied architecture, Rachael has an ongoing obsession with the way in which we value and preserve certain buildings.
Luke Williams’ work involves film, carving, construction and installation practices. Luke produces devices which co-exist with the space in which they are placed. He is interested in the narratives and reinterpretation of science.