In this week's Playlist we have a selection of our favourite videos added to Axisweb.
Elizabeth Wewiora, Nothing Abandoned, 2017
Was a recent series of talks, workshops and an exhibition, inspired by ideas of surplus, suspension, usefulness and incompletion. How can stories be relinquished and retold? How do we render new narratives from abandoned material?
As a postgraduate student writing group at MMU/ Manchester School of Art, our aim was to instigate conversation across the schools of the arts and humanities.
The exhibition strand was showcased at Paradise Works, a new studio space in Salford, Greater Manchester, and of which I am a studio holder. The exhibition was also part of the Manifest Arts Festival 2017.
Paradise Works will formally open this October (2017).
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Dana Sychugova, FIZKULTURA, 2017
In my artwork I offer a visual expression of my thoughts about hidden modern ideologies and experiment with different ways of receiving the instructions.
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Kathleen Herbert, De Magnete, 2009
De Magnete is a 16mm film responding to the theories of 16th c. scientist William Gilberd. The piece is a poetic interpretation of Gilberd’s belief that the world possessed a soul. It is his related discovery of electrostatic properties and magnetism through experiments with amber and lodestones which won him the title of the Father of Electrcity.
In De Magnete the viewer is taken on an uncanny journey through a pine forest, the camera acts as a hidden force drawing the viewer further into the forest. As dusk falls so the camera reaches its destination; radiating through the darkness is a neon sign reading Gillberds scientific quest, to find the soul of material.
De Magnete was commissioned by firstsite in Colchester
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Megan Broadmeadow, Let The Stars Be Set Upon The Board, 2016
Let The Stars Be Set Upon The Board has been made in response to the mysterious object known as the Antikythera Mechanism. The world’s most ancient computer, a piece of displaced technology, millennia ahead of its time, was found sitting at the bottom of the sea. It’s a scientific anomaly, whose purpose appears to have been to chart the movements of our moon and neighboring planets, yet it also seems to have settings for Greek and Egyptian calendars, therefore it confuses perceptions of culture and mythology. Who made it? What was it really for? Was it lost or discarded? Have we lost our true knowledge of our planet and stars?
The artwork comprising of a wave long metal tank and wave machine acts as barrier and communicator between the two digitalized performers who represent the Greek and Egyptian calendars on the machine. Waves dominate the work, referencing the time the Antikythera Mechanism lay beneath the sea, and the communication of our planet, moon and cosmos for which the mechanism was designed to calculate millennia ago.
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