On Thursday 4th CAS artists revisited images of The Laboratory of Dissent exhibition (2015) which ran for 5 weeks at the Winchester Gallery. Each artist selected an image, and passed it on to another artist for response. Artist Dawn Evans invited us to explore “porous thinking” and move away from the central image, to create alternative lines of enquiry in our individual and collective practice. The exercise was inspired by William Kentridge who uses the phrase “DO NOT DEFEND THE CENTRE”, to encourage the presence of peripheral thoughts and impressions.
1. Laurence Rushby, responding to two printed images chosen by Maija.
The images depict Issac Whitcombe’s Week 3 performance of ‘The Lottery’, and his A4 image “You Aren’t You Are You?”
2. My response to Laurence’s ‘cut out’ was to take this photograph:
In discussion afterwards Laurence talked about trying to return the gallery to a ‘blank space’ only to discover the people were always going to be there, and she in fact had created a mirror image (on the back) bringing to mind the ‘alternative reality’ and ‘dimension’.
For me my photograph emphasises layers of time and memory:
How spaces, images, moments and memories can be read through and next to one another.
3. Maija Liepins responding to two printed images supplied by David Dixon
This is my response. Images supplied were from Week 4 when Winchester Gallery was turned into an interactive installation inspired by Chantall Mouffe’s text ‘Artistic Activism and Agonistic Spaces’. Image 1: two visitors problem-solving, image 2: David’s map of the text.
David’s first image had printed badly, an arty looking accident. The cool blue rested my eyes and made me realise how many red objects were swimming in my peripheral vision.
On the back, I wrote a stream of consciousness:
I added additional comments to David’s map and asked:
“Can you see the woods for the trees?”
Laurence noted that the presence of the drawn trees made the map into a more accessible landscape with imagined exits, entrances, etc.
3. Susan Francis responding to a danger sign supplied by Laurence
“Dissent in progress, enter at your own risk”, (beware cross-contamination) was an antagonism posed by Laurence during Week 5
I almost called this blog “Out of the Red and Into The Woods”, for Susan’s ‘peripheral thinking’ also took her to the woods. Specifically, memories of attending a private view in the woods to see work by Phyllida Barlow.
She described the mysterious structures you can find in the woods, that you can’t get inside – perhaps to do with water or electricity. The installation Phyllida Barlow created in the woods was huge and pink. You couldn’t get inside it either.
Susan wrote her thought process on cardboard which became the peripheral wall of her corrugated structure.
She wondered what dangers and risks she and Phyllida Barlow were facing in their practice at that time (long ago now).
Susan’s response to Laurence’s ‘Danger’ sign
using cardboard, masking tape, and pen
Image by Dawn Evans