Access to the AA2A scheme at Salford will give me the time, space and funds to make new work. In my arts education I have studied Fine Art, however I want to attend the university of Salford as it specialises in performance research which I feel will benefit my practice. I hope to meet new artists working with performance, share my own practice with students and make new work. I work in retail and as an arts educator at the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester. These roles come through in my performances using the artist as ‘leader’ and ‘showing the way’ sometimes with profound or humorous affect. My performances happen on the streets and I feel intervention is the best way to engage new audiences with art. I intend to incorporate this way of working with a roaming artist talk or art crit with the students at Salford university.
I am co-founder of the new micro art gallery PAPER based in Mirabel studios in Manchester. This has involved working with early career artists to develop their work to a professional standard. I want to share my experience of setting up the gallery and having studio space in the form of a visit for students. To support my practice I am developing a series of printed multiples such as limited edition photographic prints and personalised postcards to sell through the gallery. I would like to explore this further and experiment with large format printing. Staying up to date with changes in technology is really important for my work, however I am struggling to maintain access to the equipment I need. Through the scheme I intend to work through the full process of editing, DVD production, and distribution. Recently I have been distributing my videos on-line, however I feel a DVD visually offers a higher quality and can create a legacy for the work. I hope from the scheme to be more confident in my work-flow and set myself up with the right equipment I need for the future.
Just whilst I am avoiding doing any actual work I thought I would drop in... promote WHITEBREAD (which opens tomorrow evening in case you were wondering) and ramble a bit.
Hectic day, finally put the new frame together for the tent, chucked some bed sheets over it to get a general sense of exactly how many bed sheets I will need and then dashed down to Durham where I spent all day with my exhibition partners in crime... hence why I was a tiny bit late for today's Visiting Lecture (sorry!). It was however a very interesting rollercoaster ride through each of your practices and I look forward to seeing how it all develops!
And now I am going to be productive...or go to bed...
Well, we're 6 weeks into the residency and I finally have a direction to go in. I'm planning on making a series of mixed media sculptural creations (yes, the terminology could do with refining!) based on fairy stories and the messages behind them. I'm exploring lots of different materials and processes which is great fun. The problem is going to be deciding on which ones to use. Although I have spent the last 5 years focusing on blacksmithing and steel sculpture, my degree was in 3D Craft, so it's great going back to playing with lots of other techniques and materials. I spent today finding out how much I'd forgotten about slip casting in ceramics and managed to produce a couple of reasonable pumpkins (no prizes for guessing which story they are for!) I'll ignore the 2 that found their way into the bin.
It's the first year Staffs Uni has hosted AA2A artists and there have been a few teething problems. Our access to workshops has been restricted due to communication problems, which has been frustrating. It's getting resolved slowly, so hopefully we will be able to use all the workshop facilities we need by the end of the month.
I am still trying to work out how to upload images, but will post some pictures once I've sussed it.
Today was the first proper day of my residency! I wanted to explore texture in screen printing so I printed some blocks made from a variety of materials on the relief and intaglio presses. Mark transferred these prints onto screens along with some mark making excersises I had done on mark resist paper. In the afternoon I began to overlay the textures using colour.
As always I'm thinking I haven't achieved much, but tomorrow things will seem better and I'll begin to realise ways I can use what I've done in my project. The trick is to realise when it's time to sleep on things.
"This imagery is decorative and designed to impress. It is not for the everyday. There may be, further, a hint of deception, dishonesty, even pretentiousness. In the re-application of these emblemata, something plain and ordinary would speciously acquire an appearance of greater worth than it normally had." (John Manning, The Emblem, London: Reaktion Books, 2002, p. 47)
suggestive of modes of making performing engaging
Since finishing my AA2A placement at Teesside University I have continiued the next phase of my film project that I worked on during the AA2A period. I still have to finalize the editing.
However, the subject of this post is a workshop I attended last week at Cherry Kino in Leeds on processing Super 8 black and white film in coffee! This is a technique I have been interested in for a while, and though you can find information online, there is nothing like experimenting with a group of other interested individuals. The day was fun and informative, led by Martha Jurksaitis, and was part of a series of workshops in Leeds, Bristol and London on different aspects of analogue filmmaking. Like many artists in these penny-pinching, austerity-weilding times I am increasingly seeking DIY approaches to sustaining my art-making.
It is a rough and ready method but its creative possibilities are there to be explored. The coffee technique is only used for black and white footage, and is on reversal film, so you get a negative effect. When I made my film The Hungry Ghosts for the AA2A exhibition I made a deliberate decision to leave some of my black and white 16mm footage as negative images as I felt that this was appropriate to the work.
Following the workshop I got out an old Super 8 projector I bought a local auction sale a couple of years ago - hey presto it worked! So I have photographed some images from the projection to give an idea of the outcome. I have put them in a separate album on this site. The footage is all of Leeds city centre in and around one of the markets.
I have posed upon myself a ridiculous idea, that How To Get Results With People can work across all abilities and mental states. It is of course an absurd deconstruction of the purpose of Jeff Salzman's lecture. The juxtaposition of the repetitive actions of schizophrenia patients (see video below) and the instructional methods used within the lecture causes for me an element of pattern, as both provide an individual with actions to take.
In the video, the doctors exploration of echopraxia gives me a method which I'd like to work with. Echopraxia is the involuntary repetition or imitation of the observed movements of another. It is closely related to echolalia, the involuntary repetition of another's speech.
I am essentially aiming to repeat, imitate Salzman's speech as a sort of mantra, for transformation of myself. These actions are mirrored perfectly with hebephrenic patterns.
I know I'd like to use this footage in the work, as projections or as part of a body of video works.
Really excited to have made a start with this prioject by making some screens with Katherine Anteney, which served as a good refresher and made use of a few images I had knocking around. In the course of this I've had some great conversations with the technical teams and am keen to meet Alice from photography to discuss cyanotypes, which is a technique I have been playing with over the summer. I am keen to persue this technique for one of the book illustration series I am making for the Theatre Royal Winchester solo exhibition in February 2013.
Meeting Sarah Dryer from interiors, who I am attached to throughout this residency, has inspired me to try out developing some photographs directly onto cloth. I'll look forward to working with the team and students from this dicipline and am expecting to get quite fit from scurrying between the two sites!