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ThinkArts films….

Here are a couple of films i made about the ThinkArts residency i recently participated in (see previous few posts).

island life…

Island: A multi sensorial experience for small children 

So our joint installation Island, came and went, the fruit of three weeks of talks, discussion, sharing, videos, music, walking, theatre, building, a lot of crawling about under things on hands and knees and…er donuts, a lot of donuts.

Anyway here is a glimpse of some of the things we made:

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Most importantly it was the culmination of all these things finally tried and tested by the young audience for whom it was bespokely (is that a word?) created. It lasted for a couple of hours max as opposed to the week it took to conceive, assemble and install but then is that not one of the joys of art? an ephemeral moment that lives on in the memory rather than lingering on in the place.

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For myself as an artist and practitioner it was a highly rewarding experience, working on a common goal and collaborating with people from other disciplines and backgrounds is as good as it gets for me and for sure i developed work i would not or could not have done on my own.

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ThinkArts residency – artists from Kolkata and Edinburgh. Participants: Ruchira DasDana RoyMargarita Vazquez PonteYvonne BuskieNik Paget-TomlinsonThis Residency was funded by Imaginate and the British Council with partnership support from the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh University.

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work in progress…

 

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So we have a beautiful large gallery space at the City Arts Centre to work in for the second half of our residency. See above how it was when we entered it. Inspired by all that space and all our discussions we decided to make a multi sensory installation for small children, based a somewhat on all the things we have discussed and shared over the past 2 weeks but also in a collaborative, cross disciplinary way which hopefully pulls us in directions we might not be able to manage on our own.. See below for apparent chaos but actually its just work very much in progress, will post more as our cunning plan develops…and hopefully will develop further and beyond the residency:

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late artists…

Very much enjoying the halloween inspired windows of greyfriars art shop at the moment, particularly enjoying the fact that the names mentioned do not consist entirely of dead white men!

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white..!

Went en masse to Dundee to see some theatre…perhaps the oddest double bill imaginable…double bill in that we saw 2 performances in the same day, not that anyone actually curated these 2 works to run together! But i digress, we went to see White a performance for 2-4 year olds, which was sweet, weird, wonderful, white and (spoiler) ultimately full of colour and later we saw the very adult themed Crude: an exploration of oil performed in situ at Dundee Port (had to take our passports or other photo id to get in). But back to White, the other members of this creative residence have all made work for wider age ranges than i, having worked more with older children and teenagers, so its very daunting to watch performers make such sweet and gently subversive work for such a tiny audience. Very inspirational though, and gorgeous visuals.

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After the performance when colour reigns supreme…

img-20161018-wa0000Ahem…we are older than the average audience for White but we did sit at the back for the performance, honest.

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