22 Jun 2020

Agile Structures

 
 
 
Networking artists, curators & art-writers in Cornwall & Devon to re-vision practice and behaviour in the shadow of the pandemic.

About this Event

Networking artists, curators and art-writers in Cornwall & Devon to re-vision practice and behaviour in the shadow of the Corona Virus pandemic and the light of an inclusive and environmentally low-impact future.
Confirmed contributors:
Recognising that Covid-19 is affecting everything we once took for granted, artists Sara Bowler and Sovay Berriman have joined with Cultivator Cornwall and CAMP to create an opportunity to share, discuss and make at a social distance, using some of the online platforms that have become an everyday norm. Agile Structures celebrates the ability of the arts to flex, and respond to a new situation. Speakers will look at the potentials and possibilities for maintaining and enriching our practices, acknowledging that here is a moment to shift our behaviours and expectations for a better, fairer, future.
  • Combining a mix of talks, workshops, panel discussions, an online supper club, video DJing and artists’ Speed Shows.
  • Spread over 4 days to minimise screen fatigue and allow time for people to attend as their personal responsibilities allow.
  • Each session lasting 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • The majority of sessions will be recorded and made available on a dedicated platform for a limited time for participants to catch up or re-visit as they choose. They will be available to view via the dedicated website until 9am Monday 29 June.
Speed Shows
A key part of Agile Structures is the opportunity for participating artists to present their work. During lockdown, artists have had limited opportunities to show, share, discuss what they’ve been up to in recent months. These Speed Shows are an attempt to address that. We’re offering eighteen 6 minute slots between Thursday and Saturday from 12-1.30pm. Six artists will present in each session followed by a combined, facilitated Q&A.
You will need to book additionally through Eventbrite for these sessions, which will be allocated on a first come first served basis. We will be in touch when you have booked your slot.
We are asking artists to prepare their presentations in advance using a pre recorded PowerPoint/Keynote presentation which will need to be sent to us by 12noon on Wednesday 24th June.
Accessibility
Agile Structures will be delivered using Zoom Pro. A Zoom account is not required if you are joining Zoom Meetings as a participant. If someone invites you to their meeting, you can join as a participant without creating an account.
As this is an online event we are making an assumption that participants will be joining from their own residences and will have the tools and facilities in place that they require to attend. If there is anything additionally that you require which Agile Structures can provide please do make us aware when you register.
If you require any information at this stage please email agilestructures@gmail.com



9 Jun 2020

Queeresima/ USNexpo - Queershort film festival - Sardinia


Following on from a successful first screening in Miami at the start of this year (http://www.queerguru.com/homo-humour/
You are welcome to join me and artists/filmmakers Stephen Riscica, Ilker Cinarel, Sean Leviashvili, Jake Shannon and Joao Dall'Stella plus special guest Peter Bond next Thursday 11th June (11pm CEST/ 10pm UK GMT) for a set of short films and artist and curator Q&A discussion exploring applied humour as a tactic to subvert and challenge issues of representation here.

To join in, visit  https://www.facebook.com/arc.cagliari/ at the above time 

The showreel will consist of the following shorts:

Lee Campbell
LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019) 8 mins
Let Rip confronts the politics of seeing and underline how validating seeing can be but also the difficulty of not being seen, ‘set within the context of gay male adolescent reaching sexual maturity in 1990s suburbia, an honest and sincere account and reflection upon personal narratives, reconfigured and re-understood’ Balaclava.Q 2019. The sonic motif of a rip points to the era which I grew up in with physical magazines, posters on bedroom walls, collage, x rated late night tv and Top of the Pops. Different accounts of queer desire and homophobia are done through text removing my figure and voice, a tool for sharing something deeply personal however keeping a part of myself to myself.

Ilker Cinarel
IMAGINE THE FUTURE (2019) 5 mins 55

Imagine the Future is a video collage of time and space questioning our social communication with one another. The work uses politically charged drone technology to penetrate the artwork, drawing the viewer in and out of proximity to the artist's body. By positioning the body in relation to provocative moving images the work mimics aspects of social media: our ability to immediately locate ourselves in different spaces and how volatile this makes our motivation and desire. Time and space collapse as the artist's body moves through them, activating familiar historical and political motifs in bizarre and unfamiliar contexts

Joao Dall'Stella
STALLS (2019) 3 mins
Jonathan goes to the restroom in the middle of an opera performance. He has a very specific mission. He takes off his marriage ring and opens the secret golden glory hole hidden inside one of the stalls. Now, he waits for someone to come in so he can be on his knees. His heart accelerates as each new guy comes into the restroom. Finally, after taping his feet in what looks like a tap-dancing sequence, he is able to find another man willing to give him what he wants.

Sean Leviashvili and Stephen Riscica
LIMP (2019) 19 mins
LIMP follows Sean, a young gay man with cerebral palsy as he navigates dating with a disability in New York City. After meeting a man he believes is a perfect match, he decides to lie about his disability, saying he sprained his ankle at the gym. This white lie leads to series of events and missteps that make Sean examine the way he presents himself and his condition to the world

Jake Shannon
SAMMY THE SALMON (2018) 7 mins
Unable to pluck up the courage to tell his girlfriend he’s gay, Spencer comes across Sammy - a talking salmon who offers to help him with his relationship problems.

Lee Campbell
HOW CAN I GET MY PARTNER BE MY FINGER? (2019)
In a pitch-black space, a spotlight is shone on my finger. What follows is a conversation ripe with absurdist comedy between a gay couple -one present, one technologically distant - my partner Alex and I. Alex ‘speaks through’ my finger via a tape-recording. Sometimes I ‘speak for’ Alex. The big question is: is it Alex speaking or is it me speaking? How can I get my partner to be my finger?

 Press: http://www.queerguru.com/homo-humor-comedy-and-subversion-via-italy/ 



Edgezones Present HOMO HUMOUR

 



 





There’s a new Event this weekend in Miami’s Wynwood Art District that has just come up on our radar and we think we want to go check it out.  It’s part of PerforMIA 2020 an evening of Performance, noise, videos and experimental sound.
 

Its called HOMO HUMOUR and is a  selection of short films by queer male filmmakers from U.K, USA and Australia curated by Lee Campbell..
They all  explore the application of humour and comedy tactics by contemporary queer male artists and invites visitors to reflect upon how queer male culture has employed artistic embraces of humour and comedy as strategies to challenge, transgress, subvert and rebel. By doing so, they not only counter art history’s rancor towards and is resistant to particular kinds of humour that are only now being embraced by the most recent methodologies, these artists offer compelling ways of using humour as an artistic, disruptive, cathartic and transgressive act that provokes awareness of key critical issues relating to queer male representation historically and today.
The program will consist of the following shorts: 
Lee Campbell LET RIP: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF SEEING AND NOT SEEING (2019) 8 mins Ilker Cinarel Imagine the Future (2019) 5 mins 55 Jordan McKenzie Monsieur Poo-Pourri Takes a Tour of his Estate Bethnal Green, London (2010)
 9 mins 17
Joao Dall’Stella  Stalls (2019) 3 mins



28 Apr 2019

Daughters of Hecate - White Crypt Gallery


 

 

Daughters of Hecate

Monday 6th May 4-9pm


Lucy Stein
Sarah Hartnett
Mark Harwood
Ilker Cinarel
Steven Claydon
Stefania Batoeva
White Crypt is pleased to invite you to the opening of Daughters of Hecate, a group show curated by Lucy Stein, 
in collaboration with Ana├»s Lerendu and Adam Thomas. 
The show will open from 4-9pm on Monday 6th May Bank Holiday and will host performances and DJ set.


'Daughters of Hecate brings together six artists who work in London and west Cornwall, or both places.

It is my ambition to derail the Michael and Mary Ley Lines, which converge via my studio in Newlyn, and get 

them to rejoin at the Crypt under St Marks. London is a deeply pagan place that could slough off its concrete 

cladding at any moment with a rupture of it’s capricious will. What these artists have in common is working from 

positions of passion, obsession with mortality, addiction to viscera, to loud music and recognition that to emerge 

psychically alive from the tomb of surveillance-capitalism, you have to venture darkly into the underbelly of deep 

information and court real pain.’

 

Lucy Stein, 2019





22 Aug 2018

Can We Still Be Friends




 
SYLLABUS III: CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS
Frederica Agbah, Chris Alton, Conor Baird, Ilker Cinarel, Phoebe Davies, Freya Dooley, Rose Gibbs, Jill McKnight, Ben Sanderson and Karis Upton


GUEST PROJECTS, London
Preview with performances: Tuesday 28 August, 6-10pm
Exhibition open: Wednesday 29 August + Thursday 30 August, 12-6pm

Can We Still Be Friends responds to the polyphony, the push and pull, the joy and tension of solo and collaborative practices as they rub up against one another.

This exhibition is the culmination of the arranged marriage that was Syllabus III. It brings together ten artists from disparate parts of the UK who didn’t choose each other, but after 10 months of intense and immersive weekend retreats, they became close. They worked, talked and made things together, danced, wined, dined, cried a bit and then broke up after a year. Breaking up is hard to do.

Syllabus III is a collaboratively produced alternative learning programme jointly delivered by Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, Iniva, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island and Studio Voltaire. For more information about The Syllabus, click here.

The Syllabus is supported by Arts Council England and the Fenton Arts Trust.


ABOUT GUEST PROJECTS

Guest Projects is an initiative conceived by Shonibare Studio to offer the opportunity for artistic practitioners, of any artistic discipline (dance, visual arts, music), to have access to a free project space. Alongside Regent’s Canal, Guest Projects at 1 Andrews Road E8 4QL, provides an alternative universe and playground for artists. It is a laboratory of ideas; a testing ground for new thoughts and actions.
www.guestprojects.com

Address: Guest Projects, Sunbury House, 1 Andrews Road, London E8 4QL
Nearest station(s): Cambridge Heath, London Fields, Haggerston (optional)

8 Feb 2018

FORWARD




FORWARD

A flyposter exhibition.


> moving
> nudging
> forward attack
>  forward thinking
> tripping forward
> a bit forward


> pushing forward
> falling forward


> accidental
> motion
> bouncing
> rolling
> paying it forward


> and no bull shit.


A series of posters created by Syllabus III following provocations set by Recent Activity and Eastside Projects, as part of the fourth retreat within the Syllabus programme.


Syllabus is an alternative peer-led learning programme, jointly delivered by Eastside Projects, Wysing Arts Centre, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island, Studio Voltaire and Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts).
The Syllabus III artists are Frederica Agbah, Chris Alton, Conor Baird, Ilker Cinarel, Phoebe Davies, Freya Dooley, Rose Gibbs, Jill McKnight, Ben Sanderson and Karis Upton.