Friday, April 3, 2015

Exileration: An Experimental Documentary by Sabe Lewellyn

Over the past two years Sabe Lewellyn has created, conducted performances, and endurance challenges that explore time and beauty.​ Mo​re specifically he is interested in qualitative concepts​o​f boarders, transit, as well as more esoteric ideas like scapegoating, sin­eating,and soul­food.

Right now, Sabe is traveling to the U.S. National sea shore in the Gulf of Mexico to create art and draw its natural surroundings. To make this possible Sabe has created a Kickstarter to help fund his adventure. Money raised for this project will fund the camera and sound equipment to document his trip.


This project is a three part piece: the planning of the trip, the exile, and the creation of this film and other work for exhibit. This location has been under much stress by human hazards in recent years, such as the BP oil spill and the US Army Mustard Gas contamination. One of my goals is increasing the urgency and understanding of the fragile place we put ourselves in by neglecting our impact on the world.


Horn Island is an island within the Gulf Island National Seashore, that is only reachable by boat, and one of the barrier islands off the coast of Mississippi and Alabama. Getting to the island will require that I hire a private ferry. And I will live on the park in primitive camping conditions.


The bulk of the expense is simply to cover the camera and sound equipment needed. But also factored in is boat prototyping materials and the supplies I will need to survive: tent, which I'm also designing, and food.

Here is a my pack list of supplies:
  • Tent
  • First Aid kit
  • Back pack
  • Bedding
  • Sunscreen, chapstick, nose sunblock, aloe vera
  • Insect repellent spray
  • Pancho, umbrella
  • Sea suds
  • Flash light
  • Personal canteen–––Camp Water Jug 21 gallons
  • Shovel
  • Eating utensils
  • Garbage bags (medium kitchen), light rope, Duck Tape 
The bulk of this Funds will actually be for:
  • Several Camera (probably Gopro)
  • Sound Equipement
  • Solar Charger
  • Gimbal (steady cam)
  • Drone

From 1943 to 1945, Horn Island was closed to all public access and activity for use as a biological weapons testing site by the U.S. Army.

Asbestos materials have been identified around old concrete foundations on the north side of Horn Island known as The Chimney, which was operated from late 1943 to 1944 by the Department of War to test biological toxins.

In addition, mustard gas residue has been detected in the sand nearby, Brown said.

In all, National Park Service officials are permanently closing 30 acres to the public and park rangers. This area also includes the Big Lagoon.

"There is literature that suggests mustard containers were brought into the water. That was a prudent way to store mustard gas at the time because it doesn't mix with water," said Cmdr. Brian L. Cook, environmental and sustainability manager with the Public Health Service, National Park Service, out of the Atlanta, Ga., office.

While asbestos has shown to be a cancer causing agent, mustard gas is a blistering agent that attacks the eyes and respiratory systems, Cook said.

The military is in the process of destroying any reserves of the chemical, he said.


October 2012 Sabe went without sleep for 40 hours. During 24 hours, 17:00 day 1 to 17:00 the next day, he was confined to an area where he constantly created artwork. The preoccupations during his career are questioning qualities focusing primarily on beauty and time. Often his installations are a collection of recycled and found objects that are collaged with cast acrylic paint. Using these he constructs a composition inspired from the everyday experiences from walking through the urban environment of Seattle as well as his more extreme performances. Sabe has exhibited throughout the USA, as well as Berlin, and London. His work will be on exhibit in “New York Now!” in NYC during the Frieze Art Fair.

Go to the KICKSTARTER at

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