This will be a new work commissioned by Wewiora Projects for Northern Art Car Booty and two performances of the piece will take place on Sunday 30th August 2015.
Expanding on a costume piece made the previous year – a hybrid of clothing and architectural shapes – the work has been developed since as the first official collaboration between my twin sister Ruth Eaton and I (although she has been sewing various things behind the scenes for me over the last few years). Ruth is interested in workwear and the functionality of clothing.
Using three performers and more complex forms, ‘Basic Principles for Building Construction’ will depend on the tension between the three bodies to build and maintain a space; dress becomes wall, body becomes support and the walls finally collapse to become soft wrappings once more. Images are from Ruth’s recent ‘Strategy’ and ‘Utility’ collections.
Build-up, a work originally made with the support of Castlefield Gallery for my exhibition there with Hayley Newman in 2013, has been purchased by the Arts Council Collection.
This new installation work is a commission from Plymouth Arts Centre and it opens tonight! The exhibition is on until 25th May so do pop in if you’re in the area.
“In thinking about proxemics and repetitive behaviour Speed began this piece of work by visiting the south Devon coastline. Observing beaches as a site of constant change and regeneration, she related this back to human efforts at building and creating territory; forming an idea for a filmed performance at South Milton Sands (also known as Thurlestone Sands).
Now edited, looped and integrated within the installation, multiple projections hint at the attempt, by a locally recruited group of volunteers, to build a temporary suburb. Battered by the wind and fighting with the customised and awkward windbreaks they hammer away in a Keaton-esque fashion to create a space of their own making. Equally impermanent, Speed has designed a structure comprised of a series of dividing walls for the gallery, creating liminal spaces that mirror those we see in the films. These walls never allow the viewer to be inside or outside, but always in-between.”
A massive thank you to Gillespie Yunnie Architects for their sponsorship.
The Transmitters by Serena Korda, HD video still, courtesy of the artist.
Yes I do. And if you’re in Edinburgh this Wednesday 7th August, you should come along to a film club night Elizabeth Murphy and I have put together for Edinburgh Art Festival at New Media Scotland. I did a commission for the festival last year (Human Castle) so I am really pleased to be a tiny bit involved again
‘I Like The Way You Move’ is an evening of film and performance featuring – Romany Dear, Andrew Gannon, Candice Jacobs, Serena Korda, Jen Liu, Lucy Pawlak and Catherine Payton. They are all BRILLIANT.
Murphy and Speed have selected the programme after ongoing conversations about their shared excitement when melodrama, slapstick, dance, hysteria and glamour are integrated into contemporary practice.
EAF Film Club is supported by New Media Scotland and The National Lottery through Creative Scotland. TICKETS HERE
On Sunday 7th April, four acrobats will perform for around one hour in Castlefield Gallery, as an extension or further exploration of the film work in the exhibition. The exercises they perform will be a repetition of certain structures, because they cannot hold the shape for long, it will have to be built over and over again.
Visitors are welcome to drop in and out of the performance – expect weary acrobats by the end! More information about the event/location etc HERE
The exhibition with Hayley Newman has been reviewed in the April edition of Art Monthly by Martin Herbert.
A short excerpt of ‘Build-Up’ on Vimeo below (url link HERE.) Not sure it really works too well as documentation – the layers and the way the bodies interact with them gets lost somehow, but perhaps it gives an idea…
The exhibition with Hayley Newman is open and will be in until 7th April. There’s a couple of events coming up at Castlefield Gallery…
23rd March at 3.30pm – A panel discussion with Hayley Newman, curator Bridget Crone and moi.
7th March – Build-Up: A practice at 3.30pm. Four acrobats will perform a series of construction exercises inside the gallery.
Tracey Warr has written a really wonderful essay to accompany the exhibition: PDF Here.
The next exhibition I will be showing in is ‘Head to Head’, a two-person show with Hayley Newman at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.
Opening is Thursday 28th February. More information HERE.
It happened! It rained, of course. No one fell. Below is gathered a few words, images and the commissioned film of the project.
Documentation film by Daniel Warren: https://vimeo.com/46924459
Review by Alex Hetherington: http://www.a-n.co.uk/interface/reviews/single/2355544#.UB-w9MnHYhY.twitter
Blogpost on a BlurofWoodSmoke: http://blurofwoodsmoke.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/mostly-art-human-castle-melvin-moti-and-spl/
Photo set by Yellow Book on Flikr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yellowbookltd/7698808970/in/photostream/
Back in the UK, but I had time to take ‘Inhabitant (St Louis)’ out into the city for the day before I left. I also performed at the opening in the park so will add the work to my website properly as I gather all the footage and images together. For now, the City Gardens, Mississippi river and North Side of St Louis here.