With presence and site-responsive curiosity we will use the surfaces such as windows and floor to investigate our relationship with dissent.
We recognise that to stand alone, to stand out, to be the only one who says no, or calls it out, takes great courage and personal conviction. So we will use the Laboratory of Dissent as an incubator for creative dissent.
When our group were initially offered a site at the school, it came with the proviso that we be quiet during classes (shhhh!) Consequently, our attention turned to how we could occupy space and work with sound in direct response to the limitations of ‘quiet space’.
In a series of whispered monologues and recorded conversations the artists will explore the ways they see, feel, or think differently and how they can be themselves, with particular attention to documenting what arises internally and between them and their environment.
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Update: Current Project Blog (link in bio) . @casartists Kimvi, Julia and myself are collaborating at #labofdissent2019 in Winchester for 5 weeks toward a @casartists group exhibition. It’s all one great big experiment! You can follow my group at @the_3whispers (new!) and our blog on the Laboratory of Dissent Inside/Outside website. We are group 3. Www.lod2019.chapelartsstudios.co.uk
- Week 5;
- Stirring in between spaces; whisperation, murmerette
- Shifting Lines
- Zeitgeist Non grata (film)
- Zeitgeist Non Grata (source)
- “Am I talking to an exhibition?”
- Conversational Poetry; a spontaneous collaboration experiment
- Surprise! Come on a journey of play and discovery at Winchester Gallery until Nov 6th December
- Inside-Outside Conflict
- My week 3 in Photos; Visible Process and Sharing Space
- Mysterious Secret Door
- Post Rebellion: New Terrain
- How to make a paper water lily
- A conversation with Kimvi about live-art, honest work…
- the first telling
- Maija’s manifesto ideas
- Day 3; Water Lily Adaptions
The Soapbox Experiment
Objective : Making meaning from the unknown – being ourselves
Julia Keenan, Kimvi Nguyen and Maija Liepins (the whisperers) present The Soapbox. A live art experiment which asks how comfortable we are with sharing space with alternative points of view. We will create a space / zone where we are allowed to be ourselves: a version of a ‘soap box’, a space for meditation, hold workshop, rest . . .
A 1.5m x 1.5m white square will set the perimeters of our actions. We are welcome to do anything inside this square, be ourselves, work, sleep, eat experiment, bring things in etc. We can share the space at the same time. Interesting to record and to watch our constraints and behaviour. What will manifest in a restricted space?
There will be a chance to come to the square and see us get on our soapbox.
Will the soap box concentrate, amplify, and contain our internal energy?
We want to understand what our personal dissent is, and what meanings we can co-create when meeting the unknown.
The responses of “the other” are unknown.
How will the location of our experiment provoke, inspire and confuse our understanding of Dissent?
Our willingness to practice ‘being ourselves’ without giving way to social or institutional pressure will inform the tension and creativity that is generated in the space between self and other.
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