rung magazine

Rung is a grassroots project which aims to support emerging artists in print and online using these platforms to provide an alternative ‘gallery’ space. It is run in conjunction with East Bristol Contemporary formerly known as Lockjaws*.

Rung in print is free to pick up and we are currently stocked at arebyte, arnolfini, eastside projects, elysium gallery, exeter phoenix, fact, fruit market, g39, good press, karst, plymouth arts centre, mission gallery, modern art oxford, mostyn, phoenix brighton, serf, spike island, subsidiary projects, turf.

Issue 01 is a tabloid style newsprint publication and website, both of which launched on the 1st June 2018, followed by an exhibition and a workshop featuring several rung artists at Test Space, Spike Island, October 2018.

Issue 02 will be launched on the 27th June 2019 at The Latch, Bristol.




The EMU [Extravehicular Mobility Unit] is designed to protect you in a low-pressure, micrometeoroid, and thermal environment. It also provides comfort, mobility, dexterity, and a specified unobstructed range of vision during operations outside of the spacecraft.

To wear the EMU, first put on the LTA [Lower Torso Assembly].The LTA is made up of spacesuit pants, boots and lower half of the waist closure. The suits waist bearing helps you move and turn. The Boots are made out of the same material as the EMU and can be magnetized.

Once you are in the lower half, you will need to rise into the top section of the two-piece EMU spacesuit. The torso, upper and lower arms, legs, boots, and restraint cables are integrated to form the TLSA pressurizable vessel. Entry into the TLSA is made through restraint-and-pressure slide fasteners mounted in the waist area of the torso. The TLSA must be hung or mounted for access. Slip into the TLSA, pushing both arms and head through the correct wholes. The upper chest and neck area of the suit have built-in communicators. Bearings in the shoulder, arm, wrist, and waist joints allow you freedom of movement. Bending, leaning, and twisting motions can all be done with relative ease. You are not provided with custom-made suits, you must make sure to have the correct arm assembly parts. *Sizing rings will make these parts longer or shorter.*

Next, you must add the gloves. The gloves are made to protect you from the harsh space environment. They are made so you can move your fingers as easily as possible. Connect the bearing from the glove to the sleeve. These bearings allow your wrists to turn. Last to be donned is the EVHA [Extravehicular Visor and Helmet Assembly], which provides you protection from micrometeoroids and from solar ultraviolet and infrared radiation. The helmet has a clear visor integrated into the front that cannot be opened separately. The visor is coated with a thin layer of gold that filters out the sun's harmful rays. The entirety of the EMU must be worn at all times outside of the spacecraft. Once you have successfully checked all EMU components, you are ready for operations outside of the spacecraft.

The recent discovery of a vast expanse of caves that lie hidden underneath the region of Cappadocia in central Turkey has revealed over 250 honeycombed networks of human-created underground towns and cities.

Very little is known about the history of the area, some of the caves date back to 1200 BC leaving people to question why the people of  Cappadocia went to such extreme efforts to conceal themselves underground. It is widely agreed that the caves weren’t permanent residencies but vast places in which citizens could take refuge when the cities above ground were under threat. When danger came, large round stones were used to block the access tunnels to the caves, sealing the residents in, away from the danger above ground.

Inside, they had everything they would require to live relatively comfortably for extended periods of time.  These multilevel settlements had kitchens, wells, living spaces, wineries, chapels, staircases, air shafts and even had areas in which supplies and livestock could be kept. In 2014, what is believed to be the largest multi-level cave settlement in the region was discovered. A survey of this 1.5-mile area was done by Geophysicists from Nevşehir University, using geophysical resistivity and seismic tomography they estimated that the site is nearly five million square feet, plunging up to 371 feet below ground. This discovery is far larger than Derinkuyu which is currently the largest excavated city in Cappadocia and capable of holding up to 20,000 people.

During these initial excavations, a set of unusual tools were discovered deep within the tunnel complex. Bearing some resemblance to modern tools, these ceramic objects have no obvious function but are believed to have been extremely useful to the subterranean inhabitants.Archaeologists and Anthropologists struggled to identify uses for such unusual tools therefore the search for their function was opened up to the public to help demystify the objects.

*My response to the brief focused on the underground cities, more so than the tools themselves. I found it interesting to think about the modern day equal to these cities and who would occupy it.