Internship at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading

Autumn Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, Professional Experience

During summer I had an opportunity to undertake an internship at The Rising Sun Arts Centre in Reading. During This time I have helped with The Move Up Project, within which I was working with people with learning disabilities on various projects. Few of which were the Art and Creative making (painting, and sculpture making towards festival), Zap Magazine- helping them to create a magazine from scratch which would then be published during winter. Zap Comedy – becomes another incredible project within the centre – I have been helping with rehearsing a performance for the Here Comes The Sun festival, which was quite challenging, but very rewarding. We have also started planning Peter Pan for the winter show. The other project which runs within the centre is the Bookface, the art book fair, we have been working towards creating art books for the fair. I have also run a workshop on Paper Crane making, during which we have created a paper crane from 5m x 5m paper.

Here Comes The Sun, becomes an annual festival within the centre which brings our vibrant community together. I have been helping with the preparation for the festival, and during the festival, which was an amazing experience working on such huge event and with an amazing group of people. During the festival I have helped organizing children games and arts, supporting the Zap Comedy group, Photography and helping around the festival.

Move Up Project

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Zap Comedy

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Paper Crane Project

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Here Comes The Sun

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Photography

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‘0’ Zine

Autumn Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, CV, Studio

I have decided to experiment with how I can share my art with the audience outside of the gallery space.

Furthermore, considering what happened in Italy in August (the earthquake) I wanted to experiment more with minimalistic painting in order to give the audience a choice of what they want to see. So here are the photographs of the Zine ‘0’. It will be exhibited in The Woodley Library, as part of the exhibition ‘Art in a Library’ from 1st of Sep – 1st of Oct.

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Notes on Symposium Surface Value:Locating Conditions, Reading

Autumn Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year

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Speaker Simon Willems:

-Dick Bengtston

  • patterns
  • curving up space
  • second hand images (template)
  • impersonal nature of their process
  • express reality (it is what its not to be)
  • healthy community

‘Hot and Cap Factory’, ‘Kymala Prison’

  • artwork as a stable object
  • swastika-changes it’s meaning

How art can acquire value?Complex entities- in rough the material of the artwork

 

Speaker Kirsten Cooke

‘The Pervet’s guide to exhibition making”-read

‘Cinematic Atopia’ (Robert Smithson)

-void within reality

The Arocity Exhibition (2014)JG Ballard

pornography – isolation of the image/object from the context in time and space

‘This obsession with the specific activity of the quantified functions is what science shares with pornography’

-projecting their images on to the world

Lindsey Seers, Extramission 6 (Black Maria), 2009

  • Craw , High Price

– not extracted from the art market

-always a leftover value

  • In contract the is the value of time etc

Robert Smithson, The Collected Writings

  • Curator as Author

-Daniel Buren-‘exhibition of the exhibitions as a work of art’

-the value as an exhibition

  • Curator as Facilitator

-Tertiary – towards the audience

‘Society as the Spectade (1967)

  • Curator as Educator

-Exhibition as knowledge

‘Kwarts Kapital Konstruction Kollider’ (2014)

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How To value in the Contemporary?

as an institutional object for thought

Speaker John Chilver

‘Rehearsals for interruptions of immanence ‘

-Pollock

-Greenberg

 

 

Artists Statement

Summer Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, Uncategorized

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  The main focus within my current body of work is how thin the line between war and peace, disruption and repair, hope and loss is. My current works explore the horrors of socio-political problems that our society is facing, particularly I am interested in Environmental Ethics. The problem highlighted within my current piece is the corruption of nature by humans.

During autumn and spring term my knowledge of technology has developed significantly. I was impelled to learn more about kinetic technology in order to develop the effects I wanted in my sculptural practice. In this summer exhibition I am exhibiting two disasters encased within a display cabinet. The Tornado installation was easier for me to create, as it included more physics rather than engineering, but with the Tsunami, I have collaborated with Dr Steven Gould from Systems Engineering Department to help to build the wiring of the machine to make it work effectively. 

Over the past year I have been tracking the formation of storms, the impact they have on the environment and our capacity as a species to cope with them. I learned about their affects, their frequency and the areas where they are prone occur. I tracked live satellite imagery, weather patterns and hurricanes and this broadened my understanding of what influences the weather and occurrences of disasters.

It became clear to me that we are unaware of the effects we are having on nature. By domesticating animals we thus change the species numbers which influences the biodiversity and balance on Earth. I’ve became interested in how nature becomes corrupted by humans in various ways and how it tries to fight back. In general I have seen that humans don’t realize the effects of their actions. I developed an installation to draw attention to the absurdity of our anthropocentrism by encasing the most powerful disasters within a closed space. In effect I am attempting to create a ‘pet storm’, a disaster transformed into a household ornament. This in many ways is a reflection of the way in which we temper and tame nature.  This also can be seen in Isabelle’s Stengers book ‘In Catastrophic Times Resisting the coming Barbarism’(2009), she says: ‘Today a new word has been created to characterize our situation: our epoch would be the epoch of the anthropocene.’

My piece consists of a Tornado and a Tsunami within a display cabinet, encaged and seeking for freedom. This installation is not only about environmentalism it is the power that people employ by ‘playing God’. When we are scared of something we want to control it.  Disasters such as Hurricane Katrina (2005), Haiti Earthquake (2010), Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami (2011), Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami (2004) left unbearable results for humanity, but in some sense it also gave a new start, a ground of ‘Zero’.

Throughout two years I have been influenced by Zero Art Movement, the group of artists that was founded by Heinz Mack in 1957. For me, this movement illustrates the purity of art, it helps purify the horror of wars, disasters and conflicts:

          “a zone of silence and of pure possibilities for a new beginning.”– Otto Piene

I also looked at Agnes Martins minimalistic paintings, as well as Fiona’s Tan ‘Ghost Dwellings, these two artists are completely contrasting but in the same time for me they become an illustration of what I am trying to comply within my practice. Francis Alys with his video art piece ‘Tornado’ unveils the wild power of nature, when he reaches the center of the tornado there is the momentum of nothing, ‘0’, the power that wipes everything on it’s way, in some way it illustrates a peaceful moment, purity and eternity of nature through destruction.

The display cases are white, pure and really minimalistic, they purify the horror that is happening inside of them. The three painted photographs on the walls around Tornado and the Tsunami, depict the aftermaths of the disasters,  the painted white stripes are purifying the images, in some way they are censoring the horror. The viewer is not able to see the full image, so he sees it as a minimalistic image,  but when the viewer comes closer he is able to see the details and realize what is happening behind the white strips. The viewer is the one who makes a decision of what he sees. Either a ‘nice picture’, or the reality within that.

Plinths

Autumn Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, Summer Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year, Uncategorized

So because of my idea to exhibit Tornado and the Tsunami in the perfect white surrounding, I would need to make the perfect plinths for it.

As in the midway exhibition I tried to use the used plinth for the Tsunami, it did not work well, as the plinth was not high enough, as it should have been the same hight as Tornado’s plinth, so they would look coherent, as well as it did not fit the perfectly witht the size of the tank.

So I took the measurements of the hight from the Tornado plinth, and the depth and width of the tank. I have decided to use 12mm MDF as it would be stable and not too heavy to move.

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BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Also as I took the critique from Autumn term exhibition, I have decided to clean the plinth that I have used for the Tornado, so it would look smooth and perfect, without bumps and signs of age:) I would have built a new one, but the tornado machine was already built to fit onto it, so I needed to work on it quite a loot, to make it look perfect.

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Berndnaut Smidle

Related Artists

He is a Dutch artist who works mainly with large scale installations, photography and sculpture. His work explores the relationship between the space and the object. Within his practice he is focusing on the idea of the moment, the idea of bring the objects from outside into the inside, destruction and repair.

I became particularly interested in his work ‘Numbuses’, 2014 – they are the series of photos with clouds within the architectural space. It’s interesting to note how the short time installation turns into a photography art. He creates ‘clouds’ temporary within the space, which depicts the idea of bring objects from the nature into the inside.

The ‘work refers to both the physical state of a building as well as a moment of revelation that depicts either hope or fragility. Smilde analyses spaces and their appearance and takes them apart to investigate their unique details and features. His artistic point of view often centers on duality. His works question: inside and outside, temporality, size, the function of materials and architectural elements.’

This work has inspired me for my current project as it brings the idea of taking the nature (phenomenon) inside, having it in unnatural surrounding. However, his work is contradicts my idea of having the nature permanently enclosed within the space, as his work is temporary, and it exists just for the short period of time, similarly to the natural phenomena, it’s light, mysteries, and free.

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Domesticating Nature

Autumn Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year

My current research practice is based on the pilot study project developed last year titled ‘The Museum of Rare Animals’. This study highlighted the idea of human dominance over nature. This lead to an interest in investigating the human potential to create extreme forms of power and control. 

This current body of work will focus on corruption of nature by humans. Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, are the only things that can not be controlled or changed and enhanced by humans. Humans have a long history of domesticating wild animals. Starting from domesticated animals that we take fore granted, e.g. dogs, cats, cows and horses to huge animals such as elephants, tigers and panthers and so on.  It became normal for rich people to use tigers and panthers as pets and keep them caged in human homes. I want to develop a series of works that draw attention to the absurdity of our anthropocentrism. 

Can you imagine a pet tornado in your living room? I want to re create a tornado within the Human space captive in the display cabinet, to illustrate the human dominance of nature.

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Experimentation

Summer Assessment 2nd and 3rd Year

At the beginning of this project, my studio tutor Ciara have suggested to experiment  with paper cranes and how to present them.

So I have placed them on the floor and tables in order to get the presentation that would illustrate the main theme.

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However, it did not look right, as I had a thought of displaying a video projection on to them. As well as they were birds, so they are meant to fly, and represent freedom, peace, and purity.

I also have done some prints, just to experiment with shadows and form of origami cranes.

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