Thursday 9 April

Retrospective Box Launch

My Retrospective Box will be unveiled at the Pacitti Company​ Think Tank in Ipswich On Thursday the 9th of April at 7pm. It has been an incredible journey and project to have worked on. To mark this momentous occasion Manuel Vason and Cathy Butterworth are guest speakers and Anthony Roberts will be hosting.

The Retrospective Box revisits my artistic practice, documented through writings, conversations, images, film and artifacts. For the past year, I have been mentored by Robert Pacitti, and together we have explored ideas of how to “move”, represent and sustain my practice. Through these sessions the Retrospective Box, a valuable archive and important legacy, was born.

The Box contains contributions from some of the leading lights in Live Art including Franko B, Manuel Vason, Cathy Butterworth, Lois Keidan, and Anthony Roberts.

Double Exposures

The Double Exposures book Launch at the Tate Britain on 17th February 2015 is a definite date for the diary.  It has been a very exciting project for me to  be involved in and have the opportunity to work with Manuel Vason again. I am looking forward to being there. To reserve tickets click here

 

 

A Descent into Glamour

A Descent into Glamour has been specially restaged for the SPILL Festival of Performance 2014 taking place on the 29 October. Visit SPILL for details I am very excited about performing this piece again after a hiatus of seven years.

A woman descends a grand staircase wearing a sumptuous pink satin gown inspired by Christian Dior. The train continues to unfold as she walks, filling and dressing the space effortlessly. Evoking nostalgia for a glamorous era long gone. A visual feast to behold.
However all is not as it seems to be. Beneath the surface A Descent Into Glamour raises many issues, especially those around female invisibility, past and present notions about the quest for the perfect female form and the cost at which this is achieved.

Photo Kerry Brown

 

Art Scene Investors Present: Forensics at the Table

23rd May 2013 @ The Pacitti Company Think Tank

1 Upper High Street, Ipswich, Suffolk

Giovanna Maria Casetta recently hosted a Forensic Supper at The Pacitti Company Think Tank, where nothing was quite as it appeared to be.

Forensics at the Table was a great success and enjoyed by those attending. The evening began with the guests arriving and greeted by the hostess for the evening Giovanna Maria Casetta. After which guests, had their Polaroid taken, which would form part of the evidence to be exhibited in the installation over the following two days. Lois Keidan talked about the images she had selected for the new LADA Brochure and the special memories that each one held. As the guests were eating, drinking, listening, disusing and chatting, the CSI from Think Forensic worked hard to collect traces and evidence of what everybody was leaving behind. After the Super was consumed, the CSI took us on a Journey, laden, with the evidence found. It was discovered that somebody had been riding their bicycle in close proximity to sheep. Another brave young woman put herself under the microscope and from the microscopic fibres discovered on her jumper, it could be ascertained that she had been rubbing shoulders with many types. My prominent memory of the evening was after talking about the unreliability of witness testament statement when guns are involved in crime. (If a gun is used then the witness is more than highly likely to remember the gun and not the person who fires it.) I pulled a replica gun out and said “If asked about this incident you will probably remember the gun and not me” One guest remarked that in this case they would remember me as I was dressed very distinctively and giving a speech on the subject. Forensics at the Table – The Installation The next day the Art Scene Investigators team, worked hard to construct an installation from the evidence collected. A section of the super table was reconstructed in laboratory conditions, as you would find a victim on the slab, prepped for autopsy. Forensic photographs printed out. Lists collated. A sound scape evolved. Once completed the space resembled a cross between art gallery and laboratory. The sound artist found the experience of building a sound scape on site interesting in that, the recordings of the invent, evoked their memories and using these sounds to provoke the memories of others, relied on how Colin interpreted the sounds and edited them together.

The final day the installation was set with the sound scape playing and a series of visuals projected onto the wall. This gave the work a completely different dimension, sometimes an eerie quality of things preserved a moment in time that has gone, and the scientific the evidence neatly set out, labelled and collated for all to see. Visitors were encouraged to interact with the microscope and discover the smallest traces left behind on the napkins. This proved to be a very enjoyable activity and sparked discussion, about what can be discovered when the minute is revealed.

The most poignant thought that springs to mind from this event and remains with me is how fragile our memory is and the way in which we choose to remember.

“Every contact leaves a trace” – Locard’s Principle.