The #CasPostItExchange pilot kicked off at the start of March 2017, with 24 artists signing up, many working independently and some from studio groups: Chapel Arts Studios, Angelika Studios, and Arts Space Portsmouth. Each artist has been sent a material prompt from their paired artist and is now working towards documenting a response/responses to that prompt.
Images of work are being posted onto artists Instagram pages using the #CasPostItExchange hash tag.
Here are some of the materials artists have received through the post:
A showcase of works generated by artists during the CAS PostIt Exchange pilot will be published on the CAS website in May.
Here’s a preview of some initial responses:
More artists responses can be followed as they emerge on instagram here.
CAS are hosting a crit/discussion morning at Chapel Arts Studios on 20th May between 10.30 -12.30. Any artists who have engaged in the Pilot or who wish to engage in subsequent phases of #CasPostItExchange are welcome to this event. We hope that artists will bring along their responses to the material prompts sent so that we can discuss the process, response and development of ideas. Please visit the Eventbrite page and register in order that we have some idea of numbers attending.
Will continue building momentum during the early May by matching a further 10 artists who have signed up, including two from 5% studios in High Wycombe and one independent artist from Turkey. Any artists who wish to be involved can contact Dawn Evans [firstname.lastname@example.org]
The framework remains the same, with pairs of artists exchanging material “prompts”, and posting images of their responses or entanglements to their Instagram pages using #CasPostItExchange hashtag.
Once artists have completed one PostItExchange with their paired artists they are welcome to continue working with the #CASPostItExchange model and hashtag as and when inspiration strikes.
CAS exists primarily to support the development of artists practices, through peer to peer learning, research and reading, creative events, exhibitions, workshops, and projects. CAS Associates are a group of artists at varied stages of their careers and with a wide range of practices.
To support the growth of CAS we wanted to develop a project that might engage a wider number of artists beyond our Associates group, inviting them to join the collaborative ‘art dialogue’ that CAS Associates have been experimenting with during their monthly creative evenings.
The #CasPostItExchange Concept
Last year, CAS Associates began to explore the theory of Agential Realism formulated by Feminist theorist, Karen Barad.
Dr Yonat Nitzan-Green, hosted a creative event at our studios, introducing the group to the theory of Agential Realism developed and explained by Karen Barad in her book ; Meeting the Universe Halfway –Quantum Physics and the entanglement of matter and meaning. Duke University Press. 2007.
For the purposes of the creative evening we focused on an interview between Karen Barad and Adam Klienman. https://www.academia.edu/1857617/_Intra-actions_Interview_of_Karen_Barad_by_Adam_Kleinmann_
Yonat’s invitation engaged Associates in making Tahini to explore Barad’s theory of Agential Realism, where the world is made of entanglements of “social” and “ natural” agencies, and where the distinction between the two emerges out of specific intra-actions, entanglements, co-workings and phenomena. This creative evening was hugely successful in developing an understanding of the notions of Agential Realism and was followed by another in May 2016, ‘Material and Imagined Phenomena‘ hosted by Associate Maija Liepins who wished to further explore the Karen Barad’s theories using objects supplied by each artist attending.
A question developed, How might we explore the notions of “intra-actions” , co-workings, entanglements in an experiment that might engage a wider group of artists?
Our creative ‘Studio Lab’ evenings had shown us that bringing “random” materials together in the studio and working collectively with them encouraged intra-actions and produced a dynamic and unexpectedly fertile ground for identifying new connections, responses, potentials and outcomes both between the materials themselves and in the way we began to intra-act, entangle , resonate with and make meaning from the experience.
In 2014, I was introduced to a project developed by Marion Piper and Lindall Pearce of Angelika Studios in High Wycombe. “The Modernist Coinwash”. The project was developed to open up the possibility for personal practice development and peer connection and discussion. It asked artists to send physical prompts to other artists, with an expectation for a response, a reaction with that prompt that might open a discussion or opportunity to develop work.
When drafting a proposal for CAS R&D Maija Liepins and I considered how CAS might ‘riff’ on Angelika Studios concept as a means to develop our own investigations into entanglements, intra-actions, and co-workings. While Associate creative evenings had been driven by collective experimental work and closed to the public, we wondered if similar results might be achieved by randomly matching pairs of artists in a postal exchange of material prompts, opening the art dialogue to a wide audience using a social media platform.
Would this “fertile ground” become present when randomly chosen materials/objects or “prompts” were sent from one artist to an ‘unknown’ other?
So far, the results are promising, and artists will have the opportunity to review and compare their experiences on the 20th May.
Great thanks to Yonat Nitzan-Green at CAS, and Marion and Lindall from Angelika Studios for setting the seeds to carry our experiment.
A showcase of works generated by artists during the CAS PostIt Exchange pilot will be published on the CAS website during May and added to as the project moves into Phase Two and Three.