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:
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.
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.
ThinkArts residency – artists from Kolkata and Edinburgh. Participants: Ruchira Das, Dana Roy, Margarita Vazquez Ponte, Yvonne Buskie, Nik Paget-Tomlinson. This Residency was funded by Imaginate and the British Council with partnership support from the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh University.
Another UNIDEE artist’s work i wanted to post. This time it’s by Angela Henderson who negotiated the language barrier like it almost did not exist (she – an English speaking Canadian – everyone she met outside Cittadellarte – Italian speaking Italians). It takes someone truly dedicated to the art of communication to just keep plugging away when you don’t share a language in common, but in the end through determination and sheer good will and a lot of drawing of diagrams, Angela managed to make meaningful connections and research this summer and those connections and exchanges are what her work is all about.
Inno al Pane (Hymn to Bread) is a site specific installation and video work located in a former panificio (bakery). Activating cross-cultural narratives through the exchange of memories around bread-making, the value of human connection is centrally positioned. Anyway… we were all invited to come and write any stories we had on the subject of bread on the walls as part of a series of interventions on the space.
Hanger Bicocca used to be factory that made coils for electric trains. Its a bit of a shlep to get out there…on the end of a tube line, on the outskirts of Milan (and its bloomin’ freezing in winter!). It is vast in scale and is now used as a contemporary art venue, that due to its vastness tends to house monolithic works of great physical magnitude…
exterior, a permanent work by Fausto Melotti
…so it does do what it says on the tin…it is a hangar and it is HUGE…just beyond you can just see the permanent installation by Anselm Kiefer (more on that further down)
Temporary installation by Christian Boltanski this “corridor” has speakers which (literally) pound out the heartbeats that he has collected in their tens of thousands stores in an archive in Japan (Les Archives du coeur) If you like, you can record your heartbeat for €5 and add it to the archive…wily old goat that Boltanski getting you to fork out to create an artwork for him!!! Actually the soundtrack was huge (like everything else in the hangar) and boomed around the vast interior space…it worked…
Personnes by Christian Boltanski
the Seven Celestial Palaces – a permanent installation by Anselm Kiefer…i found them apocalyptic, kind of futuristic and ancient and like the remnants of some middle eastern battle – here the curator refers to them as a symbolic path for spiritual initiation …
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