- Monday, March 1, 2021
- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89831526567?pwd=THZtTUhWandUNm5NZnFVT1Q0YXFtQT09 Meeting ID: 898 3152 6567 Passcode: 059095
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- Alice Bradshaw
March 2021 Art Lab
Monday 1 March 2021, 8pm
Presenting: Michelle Baharier, Cultura Plasmic INC & Jenny Nash
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Meeting ID: 898 3152 6567
Art Lab is a monthly meet-up for artists and art practitioners to discuss their work, concurrent ideas and critical thinking. It’s open to anyone who would like to attend and contribute constructively. Art Lab is for sharing ideas, mutual learning, peer support and networking. The format is two/three presentations by artists / practitioners about their work / ideas / interests: 20-30 minute presentations followed by Q&A.
Art Lab welcomes all art practitioners at any stage in their career and operates a safe space policy. Art Lab is coordinated by Halifax based artist/curator/writer Alice Bradshaw.
The face that Artists are often always in a state of emerging, that age that does not represent, practice and or abilities nor is their recognition that we live longer, there are more people on the planet, people with disabilities may take longer to study. Where is their recognition, where are the art agents, to promote and work with Artists?
Cultura Plasmic INC
Fibreoptics form much of the global communications infrastructure, a deep-sea submarine network that transports our messages around the world. A web of connection that co-exists with widening social divisions, polarisation and the inability to reconcile viewpoints.
Fibreoptics, a word that fuses. A metallurgy of meaning. Fibre (as used by the title of this work, ‘with every fibre of my being’, providing a reference to the embodied experience of strongly felt emotion) and optics (as in the appearance of a political situation to the general public, MacMillan Dictionary).
This video is part of a post-media artwork that explores how the age of connection may as well be the age of communication breakdown. Will ‘connection’ and ‘communication’ remain as synonymous and interchangeable as they have been previously?
All my artwork for the last 6 years has been based around the theory of “pathography’. The word pathography was used by the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud on the last page of his psychobiography of Leonardo DaVinci. He theorised that an analyst could examine the work of an artist and tell something of their unconscious, internal world.
After reading Freud’s book, I realised that he had broken many of his own rules for his psychobiography to be valid. A psychoanalyst by profession is objective which requires emotional distance when they are with patients, so I am now of the strong opinion that to put an artwork into that dyadic situation, is to remove the potential for personal resonance and projection.
I have in the last 2 years developed my own methodology of “auto-pathography” in which I leave a finished artwork for a time and then come back, audio recording a “session” with it, repeating what it speaks back to me of myself though it is the analyst and I the analysand.
After extensive research, I immersed myself in re-enactment phototherapy which was originally developed by Rosy Martin and Jo Spence in the 80’s. They took on different roles, using dress up in the safe environment of mutual trust and co-counselling. My sessions, however, were done solo with a camera set to shoot continuously and all the while audio recording the on my phone, capturing not only my image but the stream of unconscious narratives that were provoked by putting myself in these roles.