For the Degree show I am leader of the Exhibition committee which means that I have a responsibility to delegate to gather information from students about their works and their requirements for the degree show. Doing Events Day and now the Beaconsfield has given me a lot of insight into how to go about this for the final show. I have released a similar form to the other students again to gain information so that we can start coming up with a floor plan. We also discussed the possibility of having group meetings where we discuss what to think about when setting up projections, mix media as well as for lit rooms including plinths, wall hangings etc. Hopefully we will have time to put all of these forward!
As I was performing all evening, I didn't get much opportunity to see all of the finished works in the space until the next day, however I felt that the works all connected really well to each other. Mine and Lui's performances gelled really well and I particularly loved the fact that there were two works that were to do with candle light one right in front of me and one to my right. It was really interesting as a performer to have this kind of stimuli to respond to while I was performing. I used these as my focal points during the three hours and would either respond to them by dismissing them or using them as a spot to focus on in that particular sequence of movement. It was a really interesting experience and I absolutely adore the archway space. The sounds of the train coming over the top just added to the atmosphere; the room really did feel alive.
I was initially really anxious about the fact that I didn't have any rehearsal time but I realised that the most beautiful aspect of the performance was the improvised nature of it - I got so many beautiful surprises from the footage when I watched it back! What a lovely experience!
After having a few meetings with Naomi Siderfin and David Crawforth, we at 2 days loading and moving all of our art works to the Beaconsfield gallery to get things ready for the exhibition.
We arrived with the load at the Beaconsfield gallery and unloaded the lorry together and placed work around the 2 spaces. We were allocated 3 spaces, the Archway room (dimly lit), the upstairs gallery room and the canteen.
This was a good time to test out all of the projectors and plug things in so we could figure out how many extension cables we may need in the space and where to place things in relation to each other.
We went around talking about our works so that as a group we could assess where each of the works belonged.
Today we made the final decisions about the placements of the works around each other. There was a lot of dispute about the placement of materials and mediums next to one another. For example, Geneva's piece which was a work in progress presentation was initially placed in the Archway room but then was later moved because the materials didn't match up well with the cloth that I had used to project on. Each work needed to fit in the space in a way that created conversations with the other work around it but not being dominant. It was agreed that the colours in Geneva's piece would be better suited in a fully lit space.
There was also an important conversation to be had about the interaction between mine and Lui's performances in the dark space. We needed to test the sound and make sure that the volumes and styles didn't clash or dominate the other. This was all okay. The only issue was with the potential for an optional audience space for my dance space. Luckily, Naomi and David had some church pue style cushions that we could place so that the audience could sit around the projector.
I think next time the work using projection and film could've been set up first and possibly with a little more time, just because it is more likely that technical difficulties would take place with these art forms as opposed to hanging paintings which is a more hands-on, manual process.
I think Events Day was as successful as it could've been and did what it set out to do which was showcase progressive works and collaborations across the different art departments.
Improvements could've been made with regards to the organisation - if more people turned up to meetings and more communication took place, things would've run a little bit more smoothly.
Setting up the event was interesting - people were asked to turn up during the day in order to set up their works so that we could place them all in relation to one another. However some people couldn't make it or forgot so we had to improvise and set their work up for them. It was a good experience to work with all of the cables and to strategically think about where to place things based on the electricity available nearby. It really gave me insight into what takes place behind the scenes to an exhibition. But also, I found it very difficult to exhibit in the atrium because the space is so public and has a multipurpose, meaning that people don't really know where to look - it is not like a gallery where people can strip it down to white walls and start over, so it was a challenge! We got all of the boards up and started pinning works up as well as setting up televisions where they needed to be.
Some things needed to be set up on the day as the main performance space was to be re-used for different activities, leading into the evening.
This week has been quite stressful with regards to the placement of all of the projects within the space. It is hard to solidify decisions when people's work are in the final stages of development and when people don't show up to meetings to fully discuss these situations. This is because their needs keep changing with their work, for example, the format to which they want their work to be presented - via film or projection/which performance space etc.
Trying to juggle this responsibility with my own university work has been extremely challenging... but I'm managing somehow!
We have started to receive some submissions from artists now - I have created a spreadsheet and have shared it as a public file so that they can fill in the different sections, giving us more information about their projects so that we can start planning a map of how the atrium will be used and what times people would like their work showcased.
'Events Day' is a partly student/staff-organised event that is taking place in February in order to encourage the collaboration of students across the different art faculties as well as giving students the opportunity to showcase their personal works or their experiments for their arts practice. I am part of the Events Day committee as co-ordinator, my role is to ensure communication is flowing between prospective artists/collaborators and the committee so that we can push forward organising the time schedule and the placement of all the different submissions and events taking place.
I created an email address in order to receive submissions from prospective artists/collaborators as well as to stay in touch with them about their requirements for space and times etc. It so far has been a really good experience and I have learnt a lot about the different ways we can conduct meetings when discussing curating art works - we can rotate the minute-taker so that the responsibilities are shared equally across the group, which I think is really effective.
So far we have had very few submissions because people don't tend to submit until the last minute in university situations due to other work deadlines in January, etc. But we hope for more soon!
(screen shot of emails)