'Beyond Speakers Corner' is a piece by Sandra Collins from the UK. She is here exploring the contrasts between delicacy and harshness, multi layering memory, the personal and the political at the same time as she is playing with the idea of winning and losing, youth and ageing, acknowledged and the ignored. This together with the themes of northern culture, itinerant workers and social change, reclaiming traditional techniques of hand embroidery a ‘women’s work’ and ‘tools of the trade’ normally associated to the male role, is a main point in Sandra Collins video. The artworks; the garments, have embroidered wrenches, screw drivers, spanners and measuring sticks on pinstripe suits, tails and floral blouses or intricate hand embroidered flowers on men’s oily overalls. The film in the concocted set-up environments, with dancers, culminate in the finished work. You can see her work at Kalopsia Gallery and the Contextiles-isation exhibition which ends this Sunday.
See more of Sandra Collins work HERE
À Table’ is a piece by Stasis Performance from Scotland. It was under the artistic direction of Aniela Piasecka that Statis created a collaborative and collective-based piece and is currently being exhibited at Kalopsia Gallery in the Contextiles-isation exhibition which will end this Sunday. The result of the work by Stasis is full of contrasts - it combinds and confunds narratives and the asethetic is cut and tailored to weave itself through the different elements.
The piece shows two female performers offset each other scarily; both mother and daughter, dominant and dominated, master and slave. In the world of À Table, the impulse to avoid pain is ignored. The two performers silently attempt to negotiate their relationship in a series of scenes of restraint and infantile regression combined with strange humour. They struggle with themselves, with each other, and with the audience’s expectations in order to find peace.
Textiles play a very important role in their work and the aesthetic and feel of our performances. Stasis costumes are designed by Paloma Proudfoot, recently selected for RSA New Contemporaries 2015 and are characterized by a plasticised, seedy and strange aesthetic.
Come down to Kalopsia Gallery this weekend before it ends.
To see more of Stasis work, visit I-I
A collection of Octavo Fika books, prints for sale and informal workshops and talks on writing and publishing as part of art practice.
The Contextiles-isation exhibition will end in 1 week.
Don’t miss it out!
Work by Eleanor Marshall - Fernanda Aloi - Hélène Barrier - Nina Falk - Giselle Cui - Adam Robertson - Julia Hannukainen - Stasis Performance - Andy Robertson - Cathrine Hellberg - Pack of Wolves - Sandra Collins - Hannah Turner Wallis - Lawrence Daykin - Aurora Del Rio - Alima Askew - Lori Esposito - Duane McDiarmid - Hanne Frey Huso - Lucie Kordacova - Effy Morris - Danila Luppino - Klaus Pinter - Leyla Rodriguez - Bianca Boragi
A chrysalis - a chrysalis made out of red wool - Inside the chrysalis reveals a shape - a body - a human body - a beating heart pulsating.
The body exudes the wool fibers through all its pores, compacting the structure. It’s a thick and furry, a vital fluid, that comes and goes, comes and goes…
-The skin protects and insulates but is also permeable; a breathing receptacle. The skin is also the fabric and the fabric is a living organism. The naked shape is building multiple layers rhizome architecture. It’s planning its germination.
The performance is inspired by the ‘Eroto-tricot’ concept; a fetishism where the mundane wool usually is associated with comfort but is here suddenly seen as an enhancer of sexual desire.
This almost 14min long performance is by the French creator BARRIER Hélène and is currently being exhibited in ‘Contextiles-isation at Kalopsia Gallery for another week.
For more, visit www.iconoklastes.com
Photos by Sam Wood from Appearhere.co.uk
Kalopsia Gallery and the Contextiles-isation exhibition.
Ends Sunday 31st August
Kalopsia are proud to present ’Pack of Wolves’ - a social collective of creative souls.
They are currently exhibiting their piece ‘Punch and Judy’ from 2013 in the ‘Contextiles-isation’ exhibition at Kalopsia Gallery.
Punch and Judy is the Pack of Wolves’ presentation of the traditional popular puppet show that has often been associated with the British seaside. This rendition of the show adheres to tradition and is based upon a copy of the first printed Punch and Judy script from 1828, by Giovanni Piccini. We encounter Punch behaving outrageously, struggling with his wife Judy and their baby, and then triumphing in a series of encounters with the forces of law and order, and even the supernatural. The characters in a Punch and Judy show are not fixed but in this short film we will meet Judy, the baby, Joey the clown, the crocodile, the police constable, the hangman, the doctor, the ghost, and the devil.
"The Pack of Wolves’ collectively share an interest in puppetry as an art form, a concept, and a storytelling device. These man-made bodies have the power to awaken, enchant, disturb and caution in in their role as a manipulated animated object. Traditionally, puppets are used to tell a story. We tell stories “in order to cope with the present and to face the future; we have to create the past, both as time and space, through narrating it”. Although the methods of presenting and recording stories have changed throughout centuries, the desire to tell and hear stories remains unchanged, and still greatly impacts the way we look at life.”
Textiles, for Pack of Wolves, is the physical world around us. They see it as the materiality of the world through which we can increase our knowledge and understanding of existence via our tactile sensory interactions. Pack of Wolves belives that Textiles can be manipulated, constructed and even animated to address our concerns about our state of being and the world we inhabit.
Kalopsia at Edinburgh College of Art (and of course Kalopsia Gallery) this week.
'The Artist writing, room at ECA', part of the Master Show and Edinburgh Art Festival, will finish this Sunday.
Join us, Suzanne van der Lingen, Claire Walsh and many more and discover some creative art books, art writing, posters, writing services, workshops etc.
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Lori Esposito and Duane McDiarmid from USA is currently showing a few performance pieces at Kalopsia Gallery and the Contextiles-isation exhibition which will finish Sunday the 31st of August 2014.
'Choreography of Objects' is a collection of video performances from 2012-2013 and works as a collaboration between two different artist’s sensibilities. Lori is a synaesthete and as an innate fluency between objects, color, sound and motion. Duane McDiarmid is a social interstice sculptor who utilises textiles as expressive and symbolic markers for social political issues. He typically references theater and inserts costumed props into public discourse in order to reveal absurdities in American ideals. Both Lori and Duane are Performance artists who came together for this unique forum on synaesthesia in Berlin, Germany, inquiring how non-synaesthetes can experience what the synaesthete experiences on a daily basis.
The somewhat rare colored grapheme condition represents a ‘perceived oddity’ in the project and be comes the nexus for collective enrichment. Here we may enjoy and value meaningful actions outside our own fluency, sharing in translational acts with another’s language, ritual and perception. Audiences later participated in word forming gestures using over 28 everyday objects. As each performed letter amasses to words and even sentences, we can experience a socially dynamic constructing of language.
Upon deciding to work with the alphabet, textiles became an essential component of each puppet/prop, notating the associative color with each letter. The textiles also provide functional garments for the movement required to animate each letter prop. For example, Esposito wears ankle cuffs while performing the letter W so that she may walk or dance in a form akin to the letter’s structure. This piece perceives textiles as a cue for play, a material for neurological translation, a garment for seduction and exchange.
For more info visit Choregraphy or 30Art
German based creator Aurora Del Rio’s work is about lack and absence.
"The body that is me calls on an undefined body which is missing, through the means of an enormous dress. It is a symbolic call, one that will not bring to any outcome, will await no answer. What is missing should remain undefined, being definition itself the primary cause of its lack. The dress offers a place to stay into, a sort of dwelling. It incorporates in a certain way the missing form, through the empty space which is not filled by my own body. The main absence is the absence of the god, the one that mankind always tried to fill up with definitions and shapes, with the main result of increasing the distance also among human beings. A dialog is usually between two subjects. Even if one is absent I still consider it a dialog if the space for the referent, for the second voice, remains empty."
Aurora Del Rio sees herself as a visual artist and her work is located in a middle spot between painting and performance, the Body and its possibilities (resources) which is being the centre of it all -Textiles as a dwelling; a hollow form.
For more, visit www.auroradelrio.com or come down and see Aurora Del Rio’s work at Kalopsia Gallery.