“Am I talking to an exhibition?”

ARTIST’S NOTEBOOK
Week 4, Thursday

I’m thinking about how being present with the work adds to the art experience when people visit. I’m thinking about what reliance on ‘wall text’ removes from the dynamic in an art gallery. So far, we have no wall text describing the work. This exhibition is one in which people sit on the floor and chat, quite naturally and without being asked. It’s not one where they circle the gallery and read the walls. Every day is different.

Using the space, the art, in process, connecting with collaborators not physically here.

One of the first things I find myself saying when people walk into the laboratory is “feel free to ask us questions!”

And if they look a bit uncertain about what they are looking at, I explain how dialogue is part of this process and we are interested in their impressions and responses too.

Yes, their impressions are more important to me than whether they ‘understand my work’. What I think I’m trying to say can change day by day, such is an artists life – this artist’s life? – I want to know what they see and think and there starts the conversation, there emerges the excitement of a meeting of minds (worlds).

Two students, came together, Sun and Hailee. I told them about Rapunzle when they asked, and the time she shaved her hair off.

“This exhibition makes me feel like I’m in a fairytale.” – Hailee

Sun noticed that I’d left a needle hanging from the bottom of the basket and how it seemed to create a connection with the lilypad underneath.

Kimvi interprets my work through re-arranging it (Tuesday)

He told me about the Chinese legend of the Monkey King, whose mother put him in the middle of a Lotus and floated him down a river and he was adopted by The Goddess of Mercy.

(I think Sun is looking the name up on his phone in the above photograph as he later showed me the Chinese – English translations.)

Right after this picture was taken, our second visitor arrived. Hello, hello!
“Am I talking to an exhibition?” he said

Today’s thoughts
on why dialogic process is important to me.

A peek at my WhatsApp chat.

Digesting‘, Thursday, Whats App Words with Sarah Misselbrook

When the artwork is invisible, happening in the dialogue in ‘the space between’ how do you share it?

By writing about it and talking about it I suppose.
But most importantly by demonstrating it.
No, by being it.

The lived experience of art in action…

Maybe it remains a private thing, until the seeds of a dialogue spout and take root in our lives. There is the creativity I am most interested in.

My week 3 in Photos; Visible Process and Sharing Space

ARTISTS JOURNAL

My visit to the gallery this week was on Thursday. I missed the turning to Winchester three times, because I was thinking so deeply about the possibilities that awaited me there. When I finally turned into the carpark I encountered three artists with boxes and bags and tumbling words. It has been a joy to have a space to come to and this Thursday was special because there were many of us in the gallery together – all at different stages of install and exhibition – working it all out through dialogue. The spoken ones; the internal ones; and the embodied ones, as we physically moved ourselves and our objects through the space, discovering light and shadows, layers and connections.

#crosspollination

Sharing space
with Sounds and Seaweed

Tina Sanchez’ sculpture is a delight to be with – do come!

Trying to connect with you – a textural feast – tactile wiredness
Hear my noise
Beautiful Echoes

Shadows on the wall an #unplannedresponse

Three heads
Shadow Play
Don’t laugh!
Three Heads
Sharon Harvey Art – Observing
invitation: Lie on the Lilo and watch a film by Susan Merrick
James Aldridge, @unplannedresponse
Girl Talk

What I enjoyed most about my time in the gallery this day was my conversations with our visitors, mainly students and staff who stopped and sat with us – clustered round on the floor.

I’m not sure that sitting and crouching on the floor is normal gallery behaviour, but something about the layout and the happenings had us land and plant roots into the floor: gathering at and amidst the installations and workspaces to talk about our own ideas and objections, and to exchange creative ideas.

Drawing by Sharon Harvey Art, Maija and three curation students in The Square

Post Rebellion: New Terrain

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Disturbing the status quo #labofdissent2019

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The lower rotunda this morning, my square under the stair is gone
A new square of papers awaits my response
Unknown event
Unknown event
Islands
List of Artifacts

Top-left: bloom of yellow and a paper lily (group 3)
Top-right: close-up photograph of an ear on Andover College paper
Bottom: Artifacts from a visit from James (left, a boat) and Andy (middle, words in ash)


Inside
Outside
Dialogue (Andy and Maija)
M.L.
Julia and Kimvi, arrangement by M.L.

Maija’s manifesto ideas

MANIFESTO OF DISSENT No.1
Ideas in 10min

1. Become guardians of the land

By learning about the ecosystems within and with which you co-exist.

2. Rewrite the culture of property ownership.

Replace with a culture of guardians of the land and its ecosystems.

3. Re-write common law.

Become commoners without lords (landowners)
Know your history and tell your story

5. Take your freedom not from others in perpetuity but from within and for everyone

6. Co-create through dialogue not consumption

#labofdissent2019


I have uploaded the paper I drafted in 2015 ‘Art: The Common’ when we first started plotting Dissent. Plotting the map. The landmarks. The passions.

Welcome to the ‘common space’.

I feel the pull to revisit the themes as they are more relevant than ever.

Sarah, I can hear you

Sarah Misselbrook
20 October 14.59 GMT

From inside the cage of cremated branches, can you hear me?

A reply from Maija Liepins
20 October 19.16 GMT

Whispers of wisdom
Of matter, of memory

Whispers of meaning
A chapter, a wending

Sounds in the silence,
And silence in the listening

A foot in the ash
And a head in the sky

A lungs breath away
A whole world away

A conversation unending
With elements, other, and me

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Intro: Unplanned Response

Participating Artists:

Karen Wood
Tina Sanchez
James Aldridge

We will focus on relationships with space and place, on encounters with each other and anyone else we meet. Where our on-site explorations and conversations inform events/work offsite, we will weave those in too.

What Will We Do?

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We will be drawing on the following values/ideas:

  • Opening up the focus on dissent, to explore creative dialogue as a way of sharing and representing multiple viewpoints across perceptual divides (e.g. inside/outside)
  • Space as potential
  • Infectiousness. The excitement that stems from experimentation and openness within the group radiating out to people we encounter.
  • Embodied ways of knowing
  • Sensory awareness vs disturbance/disruption

You can follow us on instagram at @UnplannedResponse

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www.tinasanchezartist.com
www.jamesaldridge-artist.co.uk