The culmination of my recent research into divination has been a book titled Calixtheamancy: A Practical Guide. Alongside this I have been developing a performance piece which will take place at a two-day exhibition staged in the Savoy Centre in Glasgow city centre.
The piece, Calixtheamancy, is a participative work based on the idea of fortune telling and alternative methods of divination. Participants will have the opportunity to have their fortune read through an entirely new method of divination, devised by me.
The performance will take place in unit 64, first floor of the Savoy Centre at 4.30-5.30pm on Friday 12th February. More information about the exhibition can be found here.
I’m pleased to announce that one of my pieces has been selected for an exhibition at York St. Mary’s this Autumn. ‘Value of the Find’ is a pop-up exhibition running alongside the main exhibition, ‘Finding the Value’. The piece on show will be Teratoma.
Teratoma is part of a series of recent works investigating the idea of ‘non-functional functional objects’ – the idea being that if one removes an item’s purpose, it becomes an object of interest in itself. The word ‘teratoma’ refers to a specific type of tumour in which the growth encases fully-formed body parts: hair, teeth and even eyes. This piece explores the sense of absence/presence that is inherent in clothing – a shoe is essentially incomplete without a foot.
The exhibition runs from 24th October to 2nd November and features work from a number of British artists.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the opening weekend of this year’s Glasgow International.
The highlight of all the work I saw was definitely Bedwyr Williams‘ Echt at Tramway. We got there on Friday night for the opening and the gallery was absolutely packed, which made the contrast with the installation even starker. The actual video was completely entrancing and we even went back the next day to see it again.
A shot of me walking towards the light at Echt
The other highlights for me were La chose en cadrée at SWG3, a fantastic and varied exhibition that was well worth the walk; and Gabriel Kuri’s All Probability Resolves into Form at the Common Guild – got totally lost trying to find it but the work was fantastic, with the stunning view from the top floor just an added bonus.
The only works I saw that didn’t do it for me were Michael Stumpf at Glasgow School of Art – not really to my taste, and I felt the way the work was presented was somehow lacking – and Simon Martin’s Untitled at the Kelvingrove, which seemed to be examining an interesting dialogue but again didn’t really hit the spot in the way it was presented. Luckily the Kelvingrove is opposite Brew Dog so we took the opportunity to have a quick pint!
Drinks at Brew Dog
All in all it was a fantastic experience and I hope I’ll be able to return next time!
Recently I was lucky enough to be one of the recipients of a free delegate pass to the State of the Arts conference 2014 – this year titled No Boundaries. As a young artist, it was the first arts-specific conference I’d attended and it was an eye-opening experience to be able to talk to so many creative people from different disciplines – highlights for me were discovering the fine art photography of Anna Lilleengen and discussing knitting patterns with the head of the BBC Performing Arts Fund (networking, what’s that?!)
I was impressed by some of the speakers, less so by others – the stand out talks for me were Russell Willis-Taylor, Kully Thiari and Joy Mboya, although my absolute favourite moment of the conference was Luke Wright’s poetry – there are videos of all the talks on the No Boundaries website and I would urge you to check that out if nothing else!
The real selling point of the conference for me though was the open sessions – delegate-led debates & discussions on topics chosen by the attendees. This sounded like a great idea to me because, as the organisers rightly pointed out, “at most conferences the audience are as smart as the people on stage”. In practice, I only popped my head round the door of one session and decided I’d rather hear the speakers that were on at the time, but it was good to have the choice even if it didn’t really work for me.
One thing that I hadn’t expected was to turn up on the second day and be presented with a real live book detailing yesterday’s events and people’s reactions! The little book was created by Book Kernel.
All in all, I had a fantastic, inspiring and exhausting 2 days and feel very lucky to have had the experience. Once again, a massive thanks to No Boundaries for funding my ticket!