A LONG WAIT
A Long Wait (ALW) is a biennial event series and platform for artistic inquiry that uses Fort Gorges – an obsolete military fort turned public space on Hog Island in Maine’s Casco Bay – as context, material, and site for performance, sound, and social practice artworks. The public is invited on boat excursions to the rarely-visited island where artists facilitate inventive and meaningful engagement with the site’s history and architecture.
The fort is one of the most dramatic visual landmarks in the area, but its history is one of prolonged waiting and unfulfilled expectations. The fort was first proposed following the War of 1812, but wasn’t constructed until after the end of the American Civil War, more than 50 years later. In a strange twist of fate, by the time it was almost complete, modern explosives had made the fort defunct. This instant ruin is now an underutilized public park. Responding to the fort as icon and conceptual inspiration, ALW aims to give purpose to this site whose arresting physical presence belies the banality of its true history.
Fort Gorges’s past, coupled with its environmental precarity–which encompasses tide and weather changes, crumbling infrastructure, and lack of electricity–invites artworks that confront the unknown. ALW 2018 will …… once I have your writing on the project, I can write a few sentences here about how your work ties into the framework of ALW (or Rose can feel free to add what she wants here!)