24 October 2017

A Many Sided Thing

A many sided thing

A residency of collaborations

Wimbledon College of Art
16th-27th October 2017

As a member of  'Drawing Connections' I am taking part in the show at Wimbledon Space
The residency begins with an exhibition of an ‘avatar’ from each participant.
I exhibit ‘Left behind’ charcoal on paper. The title is both instruction and circumstance.
I pass these two trees regularly, they are ignored by most, unnoticed in an unkept scrubby patch behind the studio.
Interested in how the eye roams around the shifting detail I need to draw and get lost in the messy tangle. I stand and make several quick charcoal drawings but it becomes to known to my hand and eye, reconstruction begins to stall in its reality.

Left behind
Collaborating together Alison and me walk through the space discussing which direction this collaboration might go.
Our conversation wanders through from an original old door stop that remains fixed in place - a floor that continues up the wall - sounds mingle of people passing through in many directions -  doors banging - fragments of conversation merge in and fade away.

Memories are linked together and I recall a mind sound...

...and then laughter behind the toilet door on holiday...for whoever went in their it became compulsory to boing the boingy doorstop.

Seeing the word brings into the mind the sound of a frequent family walk... the squeaky gates crossing over the railway line with the children a sense of fear, seeing the warning signs, laughing, we whistle as we quickly cross.

Bell in a cold frame
Listening to a radio program on the burying and silencing of Russian Bells ‘ Once heard you can’t unring the bell’.      

Bell in a cold frame

Old and new whistle sign

Whistle booth

Our contribution to the show developed through conversation, linking mindsounds.

An interview with justintime

16 May 2017

Tate sounds mingling

Wolfgang Tillmans at Tate Modern

'if one thing matters, everything matters' the printed message on Tillmans courier bag sums up the current exhibition. I admire how 'Everything' is spread out on the very basically constructed tables.

Tillmans 'everything' tables

'if one thing matters, everything matters' the printed message on Tillmans courier bag

Janet Cardiff -  audio installation

Stepping into the ring of speakers that surround the listeners down in the tanks below the Tate galleries, separate voices come to my attention and fade away again as I walk around inside the circle. The voices change as I sit down, they form into a choral round, it stops and restarts abruptly, reminding me of once wandering into St Davids Cathedral when on holiday and happening on a full rehearsal of the Welsh Male Voice Choir, a very magical moment.

Otobong Nkanga - audio installation

An installation of white concrete balls in various sizes connected by ropes. Three  separate voices can be heard set apart around the installation emitting song and changing languages from three of the balls. Initially it brings to mind shipping and slavery but on reading the info it is more about a gathering and our connections across networks, the 'interconnectedness of life'.

Out in the connecting space I notice a similar mingling of sounds, voices and footsteps, from the visitors as they pass through, as if a repeating performance of cultural interchange.