VENICE AGENDAS: CROSSING BOUNDARIES
TALKS | PERISCOPE | PERFORMANCE | SPEED DATING
THE GLOBE GALLERY
CROSSING BOUNDARIES : THE RIGHT TO ROAM
FRIDAY 27 November 2015, 18.00 – 20.00
The North East hosts one of the most successful formats of Venice Agendas, a speed-dating event where there is no audience, only participants. There are thirty pre-set questions where those involved consider cultural, social and personal identity, boycotts and issues of migration - one and half minutes to engage
and network with artists, collectors, curators and gallery directors.
T=8 Dough Rites For Our Century III
19.15: Performance with MARITA ISOBEL SOLBERG,
Marita Isobel Solberg (b. Tromsø, Norway) is an artist and a musician who also performs with her band, Mara & The Strangeness. She has performed worldwide and comes to Newcastle direct from a European tour. Her performance at Globe Gallery is a continuation of a previous performance in Oslo. To compliment the speed-dating, the audience is invited to participate by filming Marita’s performance on personal mobile devices, then donating the video to the artist to create a multi view digital moving image edition of the work.
Venice Agendas 2015 is a programme of breakfast events and performances held in Venice during the preview week of the 56th Venice Biennale. Crossing Boundaries continues the dialogue with a series of three events in England that combine discussions, readings and performances. The first took place on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 at DACS, Bethnal Green, London, the second was an all day event on the 21 November at Turner Contemporary, Margate. The series concludes on Friday 27 November with an evening of speed-dating and a performance by the renowned Norwegian performance artist and singer Marita Isobel Solberg at the Globe Gallery.
Ticketed event, please click below for tickets
Three solo shows produced by Gareth Hudson
Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt
“If art is to perform a truly transformative task, it must address a world, the place where people dwell, the set of stories that collectively interpret human existence in a peculiar way… Rooted in the aesthetics of empathy and the sublime, [the avant-garde]... tend to regard artistic value as a state of mind rather than [an] objective affair."
David Morgan, Secret Wisdom and Self-Effacement: The Spiritual in the Modern Age//1996
Transcendence will mean many different things to many different people but we can simplify the transcendent to that which lies beyond our sense, experience and understanding. It is in that simplification that these three works seek to find a home and gain common ground with its audience, to appeal to these three facets of being human - sense, experience and understanding.
During the works creation I have been lucky enough to travel to some exciting locations and meet some fascinating people where I have always asked "what is transcendence and what exactly are we transcending?". I have taken their responses and my own observations and attempted to recreate their meaning through my artwork. Somewhat abstracted, sometimes unashamedly obvious but always with an honest, emotional compass.
If 'Artistic value is a state of mind rather than an objective affair' then hopefully you will find some value in these works. For starters - there are no objects, only light and sound. The sole purpose of these works are to put you into a state of mind where one might be slightly more receptive to the idea of the transcendent and all it entails; more so than when you first walked through the door at least. My apologies if it does not work out that way.
I do not expect any revelations, any enlightenment or even any 'wows'. I aim to create immersive environments in which the
viewer can lose themselves for a moment. To make a work of art is to give your opinions, your thoughts, your feelings a mouth piece and to do that you have to give weight to your opinions, thoughts and feelings. This work has been made in collaboration with others and it is that which lends it more weight and purpose than I could ever have achieved alone. From having a cup of tea with a Buddhist Lama in the Himalayas to recording coughs in an office with a sound artist. Others hands have helped shape this work at all stages.
Work I Preview 23rd October 5pm - 9pm
What defines the sublime moment of transcendence? The answers are as limitless as the stars in the sky. This work takes four of those possible moments then abstracts them through light and sound to reduce, refine and deliver a show for the eyes and ears. Using field recordings I conducted in various locations, in which can be heard all the intricacies of the ambient 'real' environment, sound artist Toby Thirling employed a variety of techniques in sound design and sound synthesis to re-imagine those moments. I then took Thirlings work and constructed an environment of light and projection adapted from ideas of stage, cinema and closing my eyes.
Work II Preview 20th November 5pm - 9pm
Does the transcendent come from without or within? Are we likely to understand it via the microcosm or the macrocosm? Is it found through practice or simply discovered? I went to some ideal locations to see if there was any possibility of gaining answers and whether I found any or not, I always pointed my camera at the things I saw. Those I couldn't visit I made up in my studio which came with its own set of problems in representation and understanding. This dual screen video installation is an attempt at finding a common thread through all the footage I filmed or created. It is an attempt to find a dialogue that speaks of universals in scenes of Buddhists in prayer, sprawling Japanese Metropolises, makeshift cosmos and German airports.
Work III Preview 29th January 5pm - 9pm
If the second work looks to explore the transcendent from without through the macrocosm - this work comes from within through the eye of the micro. Using studies of brain death during cardiac arrest, filters were applied to my own brain waves, garnered using electroencephalography (or EEG), presenting me with what my own death might look like from the anodyne view of voltage fluctuations found in the neurons of my brain. The results were then both directly translated and musically interpreted into a soundscape realised through sound synthesis and musicians, all under the direction of sound artist - Phil Begg. The final installation is a direct reflection of mortality, life and the possibility of acceptance being as equally important as the possibility of transcendence.
We the Living
Our project, We the Living. Conversations about life and death and everything in between is ongoing and to date we have worked with a number of agencies and participants during our previous exhibition as well as introducing the project to the Mental Health Market Place event which was hosted by Discovery Museum during June. This project is in partnership with Launchpad and VOLSAG (the Voluntary Sector Advisory Group), its aim is to use Globe’s exhibition programme to create discourse about issues surrounding mental health. The topics of suicide and mental illness are difficult to broach but at some point in our lives (whether directly or indirectly) they are likely to affect us all. Sadly, the nature of mental health issues and the fact that they can be challenging to discuss means that many will suffer in silence rather than get the help they might need. But when we face the facts – for example, that suicide is the biggest killer of men between the ages of 20 and 49 – it becomes clear that action is needed to break the silence and dispel the stigma surrounding mental health.
The Blossom Tree
Globe and House of Objects have put together a unique interactive installation in which a tree will “blossom” before your very eyes. Visitors will have the opportunity to write a personal message to a loved one on a ribbon; our volunteers will demonstrate how to fashion them into beautiful blossoms and attach them to our living tree. Trees are a symbol of life: of both physical and spiritual growth, of both sturdiness and transience. Blossoms are associated with the coming of spring, and their arrival brings joy to people all over the world. But their beauty is short-lived; not unlike our own human experience. The Blossom Tree is a work which acknowledges this impermanence and celebrates the beauty of our lives, allowing people to express their love in a manner which is simultaneously private and communal, writing concealed messages both to those who are living and those who have passed on. Once in bloom, The Blossom Tree will serve as testament to the fragility and preciousness of our lives. Its message is an important one: through love, solidarity and strength, we the living can face our own transience.