Dean and I met in Bruton for a two day alchemical workshop with Jungian analyst Catherine Bygott. Our sessions with Catherine seem to have been building to this point and it was a highly charged, emotional and influential time. As […]
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This week I worked with engineer Ben Bridgens to test the responsiveness of the panels we created. When moisture was applied, the veneer panels which are laminated to fibreglass, could be seen to slowly move and curl. As they dried […]
I have been researching online guides on how to produce accessible performance and I found this clearly explained working document by ‘unlimited’ arts commissioning program for disabled artists, titled Demystifying Access. The guide opens with a statement: ‘If you care […]
This is the first contribution to this blog by Dean Melbourne. As the project is collaborative it seemed to make sense that one blog would better reflect the tone of experiences as opposed to the repetition of two very similar […]
An introduction to ‘I am Playing’ – two playful research trips funded by a-n Artist Bursaries 2019.
By Elena Brake
We had our second meeting with Jungian analyst Catherine Bygott in Somerset on Friday. As well as discussions she led us in a physical exercise to connect us to our unconscious self. It was a challenging activity but really interesting […]
My aim with this work was to make my Unknown Statue workshop & performance Makaton friendly which I feel was a success. I started with a relaxed performance of a maximum of 25 people and in the second session 75 […]
It’s been a busy month and I’ve struggled to get to my studio. Thankfully this week, it’s getting back to normal. The good news is that I had something to be getting on with straightway so it was right […]
This will be an ongoing blog around a five-year personal project I’ve obsessively researched, based around a rediscovered family photographic archive. It will culiminate in an exhibition and interventions at the end of 2019 at The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum.
My initial research into automatic facial recognition (AFR) has thrown up a long list of links. This blog is going to be really useful in helping me to select the ones I have the most to learn from. There is […]
I will be presenting the findings of my research regarding care facilities and their creative programmes (or lack thereof) within the areas of Fylde, Wyre and Blackpool.
This blog records an exciting collaborative project exploring dynamic materials that respond to changes in environmental conditions. Working with engineers we will create a series of prototypes over the next 8 months and explore their sculptural and architectural potential.
A brief update on my investigations into Drumcroon so far; through the call out, I’ve managed to arrange five interviews (three of which I’ve completed) and track down the location of the Wigan Schools Loan collection. I’ve also been loaned […]
This blog is quite overdue! I’ve now been studying the MA in Multi-Disciplinary Print since September 2018 however my documentation so far has been very much offline. In time I will update this blog to reflect the work that I […]
Our research project started with two days at The Wellcome Collection in London exploring their wonderful resources on alchemy and Jung. There were two areas we were interested in – the Wellcome Collection library and the Reading Room resource. I’ll […]
Diary of a collaborative research project in the areas of Jungian psychology, alchemy and mythology
I have a great interest in the things that I find in the field and many questions about them. Often questions about what my own interest in them is about and what for? In previous research my focus and impulse […]
Over 1300 people attended the Open Studios event this weekend and it was great to welcome visitors to my new experimental space at 36 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne. The studio has no windows, yet I was delighted to […]
Great to take part in this event with critical care doctor, Edel Mcauley. We presented our work to a multi-disciplinary audience of over 400
After my frustration with the stethoscope experiment mentioned in my last blog post, Ben suggested several other methods of sourcing sounds to consider. The first suggestion that I tested out was to hire a Doppler fetal monitor, which is a […]
There is something meditative about being in this field. A slightly altered state of mind. Rhythms form over time, linked by the experiences of previous visits. Revisiting drives my growing curiosity. I visit those areas I have been before, those […]
Everyday I visit a field behind my house. It sounds pretty dull I know. I began my encounter with this field in pretty much the expected manner, trudging along it, ticking off the daily task of walking the dog. It’s just a field but I’m sort of getting obsessed.
My research focuses on how artists’ create and construct communicative contexts within practice. Focusing on sound, my work observes human interaction and activates spoken-word, with original narratives being questioned and new, quasi-fictional narrative constructed/composed. Exploring ‘erasing’ as a methodology, my […]
Watching the colours of daylight – waking to some amazing mornings these February/March days. Clear skies and warm hues slowly changing to a blue-white light. In HDU at James Cook University Hospital, I am recreating this experience for a long-term […]
Areas of Interest Challenge – How to ‘connect’ the old and present communities by exploring the trace of the past. The role of re-enactment; how much is done, what form does it take, what community involvement is there; is it […]