‘Reacting to you, I am in the space between’

By 2017 CAS Artists had been exploring the potential of dissent as a methodology for creative dialogue for some time. They decided to open the conversation to include others. Could their working methods be translated into remote collaboration through the creation of on-line residencies? What alternative voices and interpretations of personal dissent would emerge? Artists were invited to explore dissent during Block_Chain: The Power of Two (2018) and one of the participating artists was Sarah Misselbrook who completed her MA at Winchester School of Art in 2011 and now works from the wilds of Catalonia.

Sarah Misselbrook
Between Spaces (2018)
#BlockChainDissentArt Film
3.53min

EXCERPT

Out of the darkness I am here
responding and observing you…
Is this life?
Connecting to you
Disconnecting from you.
Do my actions go unseen if I don’t record them?
The chain records me,
I surveil myself, and I share this information with you,
Happenings,
Performances (although this applies an audience)
Reacting to you, I am in the space between
The void,
The far more intriguing negative me.


The film ‘Between Spaces’ was created by Sarah during the Block_Chain project. It encapsulates the dialogic and self-reflective practices of being both ‘actor’ and ‘observer’. This dynamic appears characteristic of The Laboratory of Dissent experience, from which Block_Chain was inspired. We are delighted to welcome her back (did she ever really leave?) to the give and take, ebb-and-flow of words, imagery and action. Sarah will be contributing a 5min Rant to the Inside/Outside Symposium, and is welcome to document her experiences on this website.

Published by Maija Liepins

Australian born, mixed-media artist, Maija Liepins focuses on the sensory and emotional experience in her visual dreamscapes. Repetitive actions such as dream journals or collecting visual impressions with her mobile phone generates material with which to reveal the subtle, ‘underneath’. Maija’s drawings and films allude to a symbolic mythology as if the intangible substance of dream is a material as real as ink and clay. Her practice is driven by a pursuit of freedom - to express, to create, and to collaborate without inculturated inhibition.

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