Practice Based Research
Initial Research - Situ: Kungl. Konsthögskolan
In August 2016 Slovakian artist and resident studio-holder Ludmila Hrachovinová gave a tour of the Grafik Hus, where I would begin working during my Autumn-Winter exchange term at the renowned art school.
On 21st September, I was en route to the photography studio on the top floor where Ludmila's studio was located. She invited me to see her space, which contained oil paintings that she had been developing over the past 5 years. I took snapshots of the artist surrounded by her personal affects such as books, plants, artworks, and the bicycle she used to travel into school everyday.
Only hours later the hallway was filled with smoke, and we were evacuated. These photographs later became the promotional material for After the fire - a series of public programmes.
Initiated as a means of building communities of interest and sparking dialogue.
The theme for film club for the first semester is designed to respond to JML (Equality & Diversity) committee involvement. As such, films will be shown on and around the nature of diverse people. Social documentary, cult films, comedies, etc. On such topics as race, gender, disability, socio-politics, and sexuality. Suggestions are welcome, and anyone who would like support in hosting a film club is welcome to get assistance from others who have technical and events experience. Votes are cast on the night, or films shown according to their availability.
Films proposed: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Orlando (1992), But I'm A Cheerleader (1999), City of God (2002), Dirty Diaries: 12 Short Stories of Feminist Porn (2009), Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010), Four Lions (2010), What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015), I, Daniel Blake (2016).
Action Research / Project Space
Sister Space is a DIY temporary space which serves to realise projects, performances, and exhibitions. Initially launched as a studio-come-gallery residing next door to a bookable project space at Kungl. Konsthögskolan, which had been occupied by displaced students who had lost their studios in the Grafik Hus fire.
The launch exhibition drew together participants to contribute work under the title 'Translation is Hard'; a title that came from discussions with a Swedish artist. We discussed the potential for art to fill a void where words cannot suffice, which informed the creation of the exhibition for the purposes of shared dialogue on difficult translations, and the agency of artists to re-build and activate creative spaces.
Translation is Hard featured painting, illustration, video, and performance works by Emelie Markgren (Swedish Artist), Joana Gil (Catalan artist), Sebastian Rudolph Jensen (Swedish artist) and Elizabeth Black (British artist-curator).
Programme of events
After the fire is a series of events spurned out of the accidental fire at Kungl. Konsthögskolan’s Grafik Hus building. The events were designed to generate critical dialogue, communities of interest, and public engagement.
LECTURE: THE LIVING BODY // 10:00-12:00
A lecture by Rachel Parry whose live art practice is rooted in the context of social and bio-politics. Parry is the Artistic Director, Curator and Producer for Little Wolf Parade, Founder of GuerillArtLab, and GAL collective.
CONFERENCE: ART IS NOT THERAPY // 17:00-20:00
Jesper Andersson, Andrew Brown, Lars-Erik Hjertström Lappalainen, and Rachel Parry will respond to the provocation within the conference title; formed around perceived clichés of autobiographically inspired works, extending to the application of recovery and restoration, and the transformative values of crisis, both speculatively and as a matter of pragmatic imminence.
Followed by open dialogue with the audience.
LECTURE: PSYCHO-GEOGRAPHER // 10:00-12:00
Open Lecture by Andrew Brown, on his practice as a psycho-geographer, sound artist, Situationalist, and pedagogical practitioner.
WORKSHOP: SITE-SPECIFIC, SESSION 1 // 13:00-14:30
Interactive workshop with Andrew Brown: Record sounds whilst tracking the trajectory of a site-specific ArtWalk.
EXHIBITION TOUR: VICTORIA VERSEAU // 17:00-18:00
A private audience with Victoria Verseau, an artist who lost her studio in the Grafik Hus fire; we will visit her exhibition, Through The Looking Glass, hosted by Hangmen Projects.
WORKSHOP: REFLECT & RESPOND // 10:00-12:00
Malin Neuman will host a workshop in response to the notion of disaster, using the fire as a catalyst for creating slogans, banners, and performance pieces.
INTERVENTION: ACTION // 13:00-15:00
Emma Clayton will host an intervention that sees ideas from the previous session brought to life, instigating participants to engage in collective and individual actions.
PERFORMANCE: CULTURAL CAPITAL // 18:00-20:00
Elizabeth Black and Ida-Johanna Lundqvist collaborate in an experimental happening, in which the audience are invited to bare witness and discuss.
WORKSHOP: CAPTURE & EDIT, SESSION 2 // 10:00-12:00
Capturing and editing in an open format with support from Andrew Brown, within an open workshop forum: Contribute sounds and hijack the editing process.
ARTWALK // 13:00-15:00
ArtWalk with Andrew Brown: The group will experience the soundscape created by workshop participants, whilst touring Skeppsholmen and the Grafik Hus perimeter.
At 15:00 we will head to Galleri Mejan for Petra Hultman’s MFA Graduate Exam.
OPEN CALL FILM SCREENING: SHORTS // 10:00-13:00
Selected artists are invited to screen video pieces in response to dialogue around the programme of events and the aftermath of disaster.
SCREENING: BELLEVILLE BABY // 14:00-16:00
Director Mia Engberg will be introducing her film Belleville Baby (2013), as well as engaging with a Q&A feedback for the audience.
FEEDBACK: HINDSIGHT // 16:00-20:00
Communal discourse drawing together intentions and actualization of the week’s events, feedback encouraged.
Followed by a FILM CLUB and bar.