Monday, 24 November 2014

Some considerations of performance

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Here are some items for consideration in the process of devising performance. This list is not exhaustive, and is only offered as a basic starting point.

- Natalie




Friday, 21 November 2014

Visiting Lecturer at Plymouth Art College

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I am delighted that I will be delivering a lecture and adjoining live art workshop at Plymouth College of Art in November 2014.

I will be speaking to second and third year undergraduates, contextualizing live art within the traditions of Fine Art practice, whilst discussing the processes of performance and the considerations which need to be thought through when undertaking performance work.

I very much look forward to meeting students and putting them through their paces...

#DontTakeAnyPrisoners

- Natalie







Friday, 14 November 2014

Exhibitions and Posters: Postgraduate Society Conference, Plymouth University, November 2014

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The Postgraduate Society Conference took place on the 12th November 2014 at the Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University. 

There were 2 exhibitions and 6 posters presented on the day.

Below are some images taken in documentation. 






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Federico Visi













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Justin Chung















Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Papers: Postgraduate Society Conference, Plymouth University, November 2014.

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The Postgraduate Society Conference took place on the 12th November 2014 at the Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University. 

There were 8 papers delivered on the day.

Below are some images taken in documentation.


Kristina Konsta








Daniel Shilcof









Imane El Hakimi








James Flint




 

 






Constantine Manolchev








Lindsay Badger









Malik Altayar









Martha Paisi






Photographer for the Postgraduate Society, Plymouth University

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I am pleased to announce that I have recently been appointed 'Photographer' for the Postgraduate Society, and am now a member of the committee. 

I look forward to working closely with the Postgraduate Society at Plymouth University, documenting various activities, events, socials and conferences.

 
  - Natalie

Monday, 10 November 2014

Reflections: UKYoungArtists and Documentation


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For this years UKYoungArtists 2014 festival, I was asked to me a member of the selection panel. It was a rich experience, which gave me insight into the tasks faced and the frustrations present. 

One thing that was crystal clear, and something that Joanna and I made a point of raising and exploring in our Deux Oiseaux live art masterclass  'Being Present' (which took place on the 8th November at De Montfort University), was the necessity of decent documentation. 

As a member of the panel, I was required to read selected performance applications in advance of the panel meeting, and make a judgement on the work. The volume of applications, and the amount of information to be considered left me with a huge task. What it boiled down to was this...


* There is not an infinite amount of time in my day to read everything, so I skim read.

* What I was looking for quickly, was the following:

- what the performance is about
- what action will take place
- what it will look like
- the credentials of the artist.

What became clear, was that applications which lacked clarity were less likely to be selected. 

Please, if you are applying to show work, be clear and concise in your writing. 

Get to the point quickly.

Also, you must make sure that documentation is professional and represents the work well. Decent still images are helpful and can be used for programme information. Adding a link to video footage which is pre-uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo is a gift. Make sure it is edited well, and that sound isn't deafening or muffled. 

I hope this helps!

- Natalie 


Saturday, 8 November 2014

'Being Present' workshop, De Montfort University, Leicester.

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Bring Present

Led by Deux Oiseaux (Natalie Raven and Joanna Partridge)

Participants:
Andrew, Caitlin, Leonie, Oly, Manisha, Sandra, Olivia 















Spill Writing: On Context


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ON CONTEXT

‘I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage’ – Peter Brook, 1968.
  
‘I can take any naked body and call it a nude’ – Natalie Raven, 2014.

- Natalie


Live link: http://spillfestival.com/boundariescontext/



Spill Writing: On Boundaries

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BOUNDARIES



Thoughts are slippery during this festival – a slipperiness of bodies and boundaries, signifiers and skins.

In Poppy Jackson’s Television Lounge, the nude performer stands tall, upright, facing the corner of the room whilst what appears to be menstrual blood trickles down her legs. Her body sighs and sways as it stands, (un)still. This isn’t a statue, cast of bronze or iron, but a living, breathing entity; gentle muscular movements appear with each breath. Similarly, in Ciara McKeon’s Going Without, this gurgling, guttural, breathing body before me expels strings of saliva and spit onto dusty bricks. Squatting low to the floor, the performer’s relationship to the bricks in the space is inquisitive, loving and somewhat unnerving. In both performances I note that

what was once inside, was now appearing out.
In Hellen Burrough’s She Was The Universe,the temperature of the site affects the boundaries of the performer’s body. As Burrough stands before us unclothed, steam from the warmth of her nude body begins to curl and caress the cool air in the cold, concrete space, whilst goosebumps prick her skin. Her body is delicately emanating outwards, extending its presence in the space; a presence that isn’t restricted by the boundary of her skin.

The boundary of my own body seems to be slipping in certain performances. In Nick Kilby’s The Hidden Stones (That Break All Hearts), I am asked to consent to my bodily fluids being taken and my voice recorded. I give. I go through a guided process of meditation and contemplation, before offering sacrificial blood which is used to decorate a sigil, drawn by Kilby. My sigil was then placed with consideration within the installation space, and linked systematically to other items there. I note that even after my skeletal form leaves the space, my bloodied mark is still there. That part of my body  that was once comfortably contained by my skin, has oozed out and is now absent from me, but present in that space.

The question is;
Where are the boundaries of the body?

- Natalie 

Live link: http://spillfestival.com/boundariescontext/