“Looking at concepts that are made [through art and design] is it important to look at the institutional role of developing meaning and creating conclusions that artists aren’t perhaps willing to make? Institutions like to have a product or concluded idea to sell.” August: “The institution of art critic and art historian, because they are people and professions, you […]
Week 3, Are we in our out?
This blog follows the themes explored in Week 3 of the Laboratory of Dissent with artists Kirsty Smith, Isaac Whitcombe and Maija Liepins.
At the beginning of The Laboratory of Dissent, I unearthed a poem I wrote about how I want to live. It was a frustrated poem, contrasting the urgent passion of individuality with the unthinking consumption of pre-packaged cultural norms and social agreements. It’s called ‘Shut Eye’ and I was able to draw from it a couple of motifs. The […]
Do you ever get the impression you/we are being deliberately manipulated by media – images, narratives, and advertising? From an early age I have been interested in communication and the creation of meaning. Having whet my toes in the world of ‘media studies’ and ‘visual culture’ I have come to believe media literacy helps promote […]
Friday 11th September A Discussion: “Identity as Identification” “Identities are never pre-given but are always the result of a process of identification” – Chantal Mouffe, ‘Agonistic Spaces, Artistic Activism’, p4 Intention: using images as a starting point for discussion I had planned to explore the process of identification and it’s relationship to identity as a cultural construct. To […]
An A4 page. A train of thought. New lines are aligned left, but also right, and sometimes centred, to indicate a change of voice or direction. The words point toward something that makes sense, but reading them feels like deciphering sense. I am compelled to read them aloud, as if that will make them sink in. On […]
Artists Questions for Daily Reflection These questions were chosen by me at the outset of this project for (but not limited to) week 3. What hegemonic structures are present? What hegemonic narratives are present? What is the prevailing hegemonic structure? Are we in or out? Who is “we”? What roles have you consciously or unconsciously identified with? […]
On Thursday I reviewed the ‘Handover Document‘ prepared by Isaac and found it unintelligible. Peppered with multiple references to “we” and “they” it was wide open to interpretation. So wide, that reading it made me feel a bit lost. Discussing it with Isaac revealed new insights. A shared language began to develop as I became familiar […]
Our world is awash with information. The messages being beamed at us are often repetitive and deliberately crafted: designed to influence us. Often the intention behind media such as news and advertising is to persuade us to adopt a specific belief, conclusion or behaviour. Learning to ask questions helps us to see beyond the intended message and make up […]
Who is you? Who are you not? Why are you not the same? Do They matter? Are you in the we? Why do you say ‘we’, when you mean ‘I’? Define you. ‘Welcome to you’ is a self reflection exercise to bring awareness to how identities are formed in relation to the ‘other’. View a Print Friendly […]
In this video CAS artists talk to each other about the ideas and images that had emerged by midweek. As the gallery is open to visitors, the group was pleasantly surprised to be joined by Nicky 5.min in. Present: Cell group 3 (Kirsty Smith, Maija Liepins, Isaac) and Nicky If you want to skip to a specific subject when listening, […]
Packing for my first day in the gallery I am conscious I am not taking any raw materials with me, basically just pens, computer, and money for the daily papers. I am struck by how the way I want to work at the moment is with improvisation at the moment of encounter with the world. Improvisation is […]
The Laboratory of Dissent at the Winchester Gallery is an exhibition with a difference. The artists are working on-site inviting visitors to observe the process of collaboration. By making our practice public, I hope that the work will be a thought provoking exhibition that not only evolves organically but develops a deeper understanding of how […]
We sat on hard chairs in a circle, framed by white walls topped with silent books and tall arched windows set in ancient stone. It was a meeting of CAS artists early this year. Each of us had read the same text recommended by August Davies, curator at The Winchester Gallery. Yonat spoke first, sharing […]