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By: Eldi Dundee
Where things are in my practice at this stage of my career as a human being and artist.
Some of the things I might talk about in this blog:
Research & development; funding applications; managing projects start to finish (or unfinished) & collaborations.
Things I hope NOT to talk about:
Existential angst, personal insecurities, romantic disasters, rants about bad service in this country & other pet peeves I might have
& I will try not to swear or gossip.
# 25 [22 April 2013]
What Audience was a blast to be a part of.
Images of the various performances are trickling in here:
Thanks to Leonora Aunstrup & Sadie Edginton for organising & curating, and thanks to The Dentist for allowing me to make dough on their 'living room' floor and pack it onto the walls (albeit briefly). Thanks to the audiences, both inside and passers-by beyond the glass (people of Chatsworth Road). Thanks to the other performers for a fun, inspiring and enlightening evening:
Ram Samocha, Geraldine Gallavardin, Gerald Curtis+Camilla Brendon, Isik Nuttsdotter, Oliver Wallington+Joseph Garwood, Kate Spence, Nathaniel Pimlott and Sadie Edington+Leonora Aunstrup.
Link to photos of Ram Samocha's action drawing Inside/Outside: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1015133118...
# 24 [22 April 2013]
Started a new blog for ChildsPlayShadows for a Doomed Gallery exhibition:
...but not sure it's worth doing, as I realise that I can't link the blog to the outside world (non-subscribers) and I feel like I'm writing this into the abyss as I have no idea if anyone's reading it. Blogging is weird that way. Maybe I'm doing it wrong. But this is the way I'm doing it, nonetheless. (Any pointers?)
So, we've made a little video for the fundraising page for ChildsPlayShadows and the kickestarter page is live. As of today there are 25 days to raise money to pay for the basics like set building materials and props and rehearsal space hire, and we have 0 backers and £0.00 funds. This is scary.
Here is the page for the information of anyone out there reading this if you happen to have £1 - £1000 to pledge, it would be a great help. Seriously. Pledging starts at £1 and yet there are no pledges. (Must be doing it wrong... but how?)
Your help & constructive comments would be welcome and greatly appreciated! :)
Update as of 23/04/2013
Needn't have panicked.
Thank you to our first backer who has brought us a third of the way to full funding in one fell swoop!
Now to get a couple more pledges like that, and we can focus on creating the work!
Ahhh... good stuff! Very pleased :)
# 23 [4 April 2013]
Fun forthcoming shows I'd like to see you at which involve performance works:
THE SHADOWS OF CHILDHOOD
(9-15 June 2013)
curated by Pascal Ancel Bartholdi
for Doomed Gallery Dalston, Hackney
7 artists explore the theme of childhood using photography/assembly/film/installation/performance:
"Shadows of Childhood is the title of a group project where the artist is invited to tread and thread the unspoken psychological territories of childhood extracted from what Roland Barthes called 'mythologies', recovering in the visual process of filtering an essence rather than an appearance.
"How do we review and interpret the past through the alliance of visual language and emotional content?
"The work, its spatial atmosphere, its realisation are also a territory in itself, a play ground and a playing field where the process of concoction and de-composition evolve, from birth to materialisation; the childhood therefore of an idea and of a compulsion towards realisation.
"This show suggests a process of self psycho-analysis. It is not based on witnessing the outer world so much as looking at ourselves through the 'lens' turned inward, a snapshot of the discarded imaginary-lands of infancy. Nor is this to be understood literally. Roland Barthes talks of the modern myth as a destroyer of language, yet archetypes and prototypes were born in discarded moments, perhaps even before words could partly elucidate or translate, waiting to be deciphered through an action we could compare to the sudden (en)lightening of the dark corners of our memory.
"The curator of this show [Bartholdi] is experimenting with the possibility of a reversal of roles and is asking if we can attribute to the photograph the visual stimulus issued from an object or a moving image, or the performative experimentation, the potential of enlightening, as a cross-road between the signifier and the signified, therefore, a catalyst for what C.G Jung called 'meaningful coincidence'. Jean Baudrillard wrote in Photography, Or The Writing Of Light: “In photography, it is the writing of light which serves as the medium for this elision of meaning and this quasi-experimental revelation... Through photography, it is perhaps the world itself that starts to act and imposes its fiction.”
"Perhaps this is where the ambiguous power of this medium resides; in the phenomenological latent inducement to enact one's own dormant history in the blink of an eye. Childhood then would be this dormant history, passing through the lens into the real, from the eye and the mind of the artist to the eye and the mind of the viewer. Three artists will represent this perspective, with prints by Federica Landi, Pascal Ancel Bartholdi and Hester Jones.
"The curator has in this instance however magnified the realm of expression and introduced toys in immobile theatres by Enver Gursev, a live performance, later viewed as a loop screening, by Eldi Dundee, and a video piece by Kate Elliott.
"Chidlhood, myth and synchronicity are at the heart of this (re) collection."
- text (c) Pascal Ancel Bartholdi, London 2013
For The Shadows of Childhood, Eldi is creating a devised performance with actress Jennifer Lewin & dancer/choreographer Abigail Kessel Massei based upon "It's all been done before..."
1) Hester Jones
2) Federica Landi
3) Patrycja Basinska
4) Kate Elliott
5) Eldi Dundee
6) Enver Gursev
7) Pascal Ancel Bartholdi
# 22 [4 April 2013]
Fun forthcoming shows I'd like to see you at which involve performance works:
(19 April 2013)
The Old Dentist, 33 Chatsworth Rd, Clapton, Hackney
10 Artists rethink the audience in the Old Dentist.
// Curated by Leonora Aunstrup and Sadie Edginton //
// Louise Isik // Eldi Dundee // Kate Spence // Gerald Curtis // Ram Samocha // Eva Knutsdotter // Camilla Brendon // Oliver Wallington // Nathaniel Pimlott // Geraldine Gallavardin //
"Using an old Dentist's office as a site and the shop window as a setting or stage, the public spectacle comes up against the private viewing space. Inside art audience blends with the outside street-view, erasing the boundaries between intended perceptions by imagined publics.
" For 'What Audience?' 10 artists become situated here, using shop constructs to share their art practice with the audience and the street. We reconsider the site and function of the former corner shop space. The large corner window becomes a viewing area, the basement a place for possible encounters and subtle works might even go unnoticed.
"Theatricality blends with off-sight performance, projection and immersive sound work. The crowd, the small audience, the one to one, is brought in to comparison, as different works overlap, continue or re-start through the night."
- text by Sadie Edginton, 2013
Nearest Station Homerton Overground.
# 21 [10 March 2013]
This past week at Meanwhile Space in Stoke Newington, L'Amour was in the air.
All we need is love, yes, but à la française. Une semaine au nom de L’amour.
Du mardi 5 au samedi 10 mars 2013. Ah, l’Amour, la séduction, Paris…Mademoiselle LM est l’organisatrice de ces événements Pop Up, Tea Gardens et Coffee House, qui se sont déjà tenus à Londres, dans des endroits insolites. Comédienne et paysagiste, elle était sur les planches pour jouer Madame Pipi d’Emilie Perraudeau et fait aussi partie du FBI, Ludivine a décidé cette fois de faire durer l’aventure Pop Up de ses petits cafés théâtres, pendant 6 jours. Sur le thème du burlesque et de l’amour bien sur, Ludivine a invité plusieurs artistes à partager son espace de Stoke Newington. Avec le vernissage de l’exposition Paris Blue d’Eldi Dundee, des dégustations de gâteaux pour un gouter à la française par Petit Gâteau, du rire avec le Cabaret d’Impro par la troupe du FBI (Première Ligue d’impro francophone de Londres). Vendredi soir, ce sera la tour de Miss Pompette de venir sur la scène de l’espace Pop Up, accompagnée de ses artistes de cabaret, acrobates, danseur et le célèbre Loto….Il sera aussi possible de diner lors de la soirée, sur réservations seulement. Des concerts avec Chance Kellner&Ben et JibzZ sans oublier les petits déjeuners avec croissants au beurre et baguette. On y va, pour un délicieux retour aux sources.
Le programme sur: www.facebook.com/TeaGardensCoffeeHouses et www.tgardenandcoffeehouses.blogspot.co.uk L'Amour Coffe House - 197-199 Stoke Newington High St Stoke Newington N16 0LH Copyright: Soiree Pompette Copyright: Cabaret d'impro
(above text from: http://www.londonmacadam.com/french-best-kept-secrets/nuit-cabaret-french-touch... etc or Tiny URL: www.tinyurl.com/ao5tura for entire article)
The L'Amour event was conceived, organised, managed, curated, performed and run with charming aplomb by Ludivine Baruton, of Tea Gardens & Coffee Houses and Blacksheepscape Studios
Entertainment provided by:
Soiree Pompette: www.soireepompettee.blogspot.co.uk
Art provided by:
Hamburg based artist/'vandalist', MittenImWald, showing a selection from his Life is a Killer series: http://mittenimwald.blogspot.co.uk/
'Paris Blue': www.eldidundee.com
L'Amour's graphics by Immo Blaese of Zonkzone Design Industries:
Catering for the event was by Petit Gateau: www.petitgateau.co.uk
The Meanwhile Space is run by:
(more photos to follow, but see Tea Gardens on facebook for more images taken throughout the event)
# 20 [18 February 2013]
While I've been busy juggling childcare and assisiting with art club at my child's school, and at the same time, nurturing a budding relationship, I haven't had much time to make new art from my kitchen-sink-studio.
However, I have been fortunate to have invitiations fall into my lap, to exhibit and perform various bits and pieces for Spring and Summer, here and abroad, and so the old brain is ticking over with new ideas for content and presentation relating to these various collaborations and group shows.
I am lucky to know some very talented people who are interested in working together on some art/theatre/installation work and I am beginning to muse on how to go about obtaining funding so I can pay these good folk for their time and talent. (I've not yet been in the enviable position of being able to afford to pay people for helping out on this sort of thing, but I would dearly love to do so. If anyone out there has any tips on how or where to apply for and secure funding grants in this silly economic climate, please do get in touch).
# 19 [13 January 2013]
# 18 [3 December 2012]
Been asked to rework my performance of "It's all been done before..." at Doomed Gallery for a show in summer 2013. Looking forward to surprising myself as to where and how the piece will morph and where and how it will stay the same.
Any other artists out there revisiting their performances in this way? I'd be super curious to hear about your experiences, pos and/or neg.
# 17 [20 October 2012]
Quiet on the art-making front for me lately, what with new school year for my little one and finishing off an exam paper for 'Renaissance Art Reconsidered' course. (Incidentally, if you ever want to know anything about Paolo da San Leocadio, I'm your girl!)
Thinking about taking a breather from the OU this year, and focusing more attention on the actual art practice, as well as the kid, of course. That juggling act doesn't seem to get any easier, by the way. (Why did they all lie?!)
Love to hear from other parent/artists out there. Especially interested in hearing how you deal with making work from home, if that's the case, and how being a parent affects the kind of work you might make (or not make).
# 16 [25 September 2012]
I've been assisting/co-leading an after-school art club in a primary school since winter term of last year and wanted to share some work the kids have done.
When I joined their class, they had been painting watercolours of birds from a beautifully illustrated vintage ornothology book that RCA artist and primary school teacher Chud Clowes had brought in to inspire them with. We then used my cage maquettes as a further springboard to get them to build a unique 3D habitat for their 2D birds. We looked at Victorian and Chinese bird cages for further ideas of shapes and designs, and the children put pencil to paper to draw their dream environments for their birds. Then we looked at ways of transferring those plans to 3D sculpture using wire. They worked hard bending, looping, twisting and cutting the unruly materials and came up with these lovely objects which I am proud to present to you here.
(Unfortunately, some of the cages went walkies over the summer, so this is only a small selection of the wonderfully whimsically diverse cages originally created. Still, that doesn't take away from the delicate loveliness of the ones that remain!)
Well done girls & boys!
I am a NY born, London based artist with an interdisciplinary approach to my work using painting, assemblage, installation, sculpture, photography, text and performance. I studied art at Central Saint Martins / Byam Shaw / University of the Arts London and at the University of East London (simultaneously).