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Crash Test Thursday 11th June

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Crash Test night will be back on Thursday 11th June at Aberystwyth Arts Centre at 7.45PM.

Crash Test is a scratch night at which local writers are invited to share work in progress with a supportive audience. All forms of performance are welcome the only restriction is that it must involve words.

Crash Test has taken place throughout Aberystwyth and Borth over the last few years and has proved very popular with audiences, writers and performers.

Previous scratch nights have included poetry, comedy sketches, performance cabaret, stand-up comedy, short plays, short film scripts, storytelling, play excerpts. We have presented a debut stand-up comedy performance from Julie Grady-Thomas and the first ever public performance of a play in development by James Baker.

Crash Test night at Boulders Café Borth in June 2013

Crash Test night at Boulders Café Borth in June 2013

The new scratch night is produced by Scriptography Productions and offers a chance for writers from the Aberystwyth Art Centre’s Writing for Performance group to scratch their work whilst also inviting other writers to take the opportunity to test their work in an informal and friendly environment.

Scriptography productuions recently toured a new play by the Writing for Performance Group’s Catrin Fflur Huws – a play about Alan Turing called To Kill a Machine which has received one of only 10 Arts Council Wales ‘Wales in Edinburgh’ grants to take the play to Zoo Aviary from 7th – 31st August.

Scriptography Productions will also be announcing on Thursday 11th June a new call for submission of ideas as it begins the search for the next To Kill a Machine.

If you would like to share work please contact scriptographyproductions@gmail.com , we have performers who are available to perform short plays and if you would like to perform your work yourself then simply come along on the evening.

Participating performers and writers get FREE entry, all other tickets are £5 (£3). Tickets can be booked through the Arts Centre Box Office on 01970 623232.

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We are having a party with Cassandra and you are all invited

Image by Keith Morris

Image by Keith Morris

Response Time will be returning this weekend with it’s unique form of performed response to art, space and environment with a response to Cassandra’s Rant by Shani Rhys James at Ceredigion Musuem.

So what exactly is unique about it and what is a performed response you might ask. Two very good questions!

Response Time is a collective of artists and performance makers from varying disciplines of performance including dance, performance art, playwrights, physical theatre, poetry. They are given 48 hours to respond to an exhibition – responding to the art, space and environment.

The project started at the Gas Gallery in Aberystwyth where responses included Transitions, Beneath The Surface, Open Space and Adleisio which have included exhibitions by Annie Suganami, Catrin Webster and artists from Aberystwyth Printmakers. At Aberystwyth Arts Centre we responded to Tim Shaw’s Black Smoke Rising and we responded to Artes Mundi 6 at both National Museum Wales and the Ffoto Gallery in Penarth.
exhibition shaniThe participants spend 48 hours in the gallery and are asked to create a short piece of work which we then collectively curate into about an hour of performance. The audience are invited along at the end and follow us through a promenade performance of the pieces. The 48 hours demands an immediate response – there is no time to think too much about it. Participants have to formulate their initial responses, their gut reactions to the work because there is simply not enough time to do anything else.

There are no restrictions on the work that participants create – we simply ask that it is a response to the art. It allows the participants a freedom to explore their own work and practice through the stimulus of art, space and environment. Effectively they can leave whatever project they are working on, and ideas about how they normally work at the door and enter a space for 48 hours in which they can play. Very importantly it offers the chance to gain valuable and rare performance experience. Everyone knows it is a piece of work created in 48 hours and so it will not be polished, it will probably not be complete, and so the participants can also simply enjoy sharing the work with an audience.

Also importantly we respect the work and the artist – we have spent 48 hours with the work, we have lived with it for two days, we have probably seen things that a quick visit to a gallery will not offer, we have looked at it from different angles, we have challenged our own thoughts on it, and interrogated our thoughts on it, it has haunted our dreams and kept us from sleeping. We will through the 48 hours fall in love with, fall out of love with it and then fallen back in love with it – and occasionally sworn revenge on it.

We have declared on several points through the 48 hours that we are simply not worthy of the art, we have become intimidated by the hours, days and weeks the artist has taken on each piece and been overwhelmed by the thought of how we can possibly express something worthy of what the artist has put into the work.

Also though we have had fun, been part of a great and growing collective, we have had a space to play, a space to talk, a space to chat about what is bothering us about our work and the world. We have shared 48 hours of magical moments and we’ve opened up our hearts to the art and the artist and we’ve been brave enough to share our thoughts and ideas to an audience.

Shani Rhys JamesTomorrow we will begin that journey with Cassandra’s Rant an exhibition of Shani Rhys James automata at Ceredigion Musuem – we will be sharing the work as part of the official opening of the exhibition on Saturday 14th February at 12PM. Come along, see the exhibition and see what we have created. We will probably look tired but we will be really pleased to share what we have created with you.

If you would like to take a look at what we get up to through the 48 hours then do call into the museum during the next two days – or follow us on www.facebook.com/scriptographyproductons or @scriptography

If you would like more information on the project then contact us at scriptographyproductions@gmail.com

Artes Mundi Response Timii (The correct plural of Time) by James Baker

James BakerFor those of you that don’t know what a Response Time is: Sandra Bendelow marshals a group of writers, artists and performers, takes them to a gallery space, and gives them 48 hours to make some performances in response to the Art in the Gallery (or the Gallery itself and its environment,) which are performed to a public audience at the end of the time. It’s crazy.

In October and December, Artes Mundi invited us to create responses to two of its locations (The National Museum in October and the ffotogallery in December).

These were the 8th and 10th Response Time events, and the 7th and 8th ones I attended, but they marked a new and exciting phase for the project, and weren’t like anything that came before it. At least in terms of logistics. Normally the events take place in Aberystwyth, with all the participants being more or less local, but these involved trekking down to a CITY. A CITY. And staying there for the duration of the process. It was definitely a bizarre experience, not being able to go home, but it was heart-warming to discover I can maintain a happy, homey, procrastination schedule even in the most unusual of conditions. Home is where you have a corner with a plug socket and a wifi connection.

The first event, in the National Museum was the biggest change, the space was vast and… Cold, I guess? Partly that’s down to the sheer size of it (The Gas Gallery, our usual home, could have fit inside it many times over,) and partly the clean and clinical nature of a big, modern art gallery. Lots of big open spaces and clean white walls. It’s hard to say if the work itself was more… cool and alienating than I’m used to working with, or if it was just the space that gave that impression. This had a noticeable effect on, if not my actual process of creation, then the mood of it; usually we’re all working together in a small space, able to observe and chat, but here we could each work individually, undisturbed for long periods.

The second space, the ffotogallery in Penarth, was much more like home, and I settled in to it immediately. A lovely, small space.

Response Time: Open Space. Image by Keith Morris

Response Time: Open Space. Image by Keith Morris

The two processes and performances ended up being fairly radically different. The first was a large group of us (9), responding to lots of different pieces, and taking the audience on a hefty journey around the space, which led to a very choppy sort of thing. It was difficult to achieve a real sense of flow (I didn’t envy Sandra’s Job of jigsawing our work together into a whole. At all.) While the second was a small group (6 of us), responding to 4 artworks, by 2 artists, in 3 rooms, and ended up really cohering, despite the various differences in performance tone, style and energy.

I think overall, I preferred the second event, even though the piece I produced at the first one is one of my favourite performances I’ve created, and the piece I made at the second is the first time I’ve really felt like I needed extra time… I just needed another day to really work out what I wanted to say, and how I wanted to say it.

If you’re a playwright, a poet, a prose writer (can we start calling them “prosers”?), an actor, a dancer, a musician, an artist, a photographer, a documentarian, a film maker, a… sculptor(?), whatever… I cannot recommend getting in touch with Sandra at Scriptography Productions and enquiring about getting involved with one of these things in future. Response time has radically developed my creative practice. There is nothing I’ve found to equal that buzz of adrenaline in going from a standing start to performing to an audience in 48 hours. Being unable to prepare, having to rely on inspiration, or an approximation thereof, and throwing caution to the wind, throwing out perfectionism, and just MAKING ART is an amazing experience, and I’ve been able to take those new styles and practices into my life in general.

You can follow James Baker
Website http://JamesBakerPerforms.weebly.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/James-Baker-Performance-Maker/627317057395999
Twitter  @James_Baker

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Response Time Artes Mundi 6 Turner House Gallery

We would like to invite you to come along on Thursday 11th December for a lunchtime performance at Turner House Gallery 1.05PM for the latest Response Time project.

What is Response Time?
Response Time is a performed response to art, space and environment working in art galleries and spaces that exhibit art. It began at the Gas Gallery in Aberystwyth and has since produced responses to Tim Shaw’s Black Smoke Rising at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and the Artes Mundi 6 at National Museum Wales.

Response Time challenges multi-disciplinary and cross art-form performance makers to respond to art in the form of live or digital performance in 48 hours. The focus on the project is providing young and emerging artists the opportunity to develop their performance skills and their practice alongside more experienced performance makers in a supportive and creative framework.

What will the performance be like?
Response Time is difficult to predict, we literally never know what is going to happen, with the individual pieces – it could be poetry or a play, it could be dance or physical theatre, it could comic or it could be devastatingly sad. We often have a visual artist decide to write text or a playwright decide to do an entirely physical piece. Then as we curate it together into a performance, most of the time it is a mixture of everything along with a few things that defy definition, sometimes words dominate sometimes there is an glaring emptiness of words.

We have just 48 hours to respond and to form that response into a performance so we can guarantee it will be immediate, raw and authentic,  and it will worthwhile. We can offer you the chance to see art and see art through the eyes of a collective of performance makers who may well go off in all sorts of random directions which is what makes this project very unique. We can promise you that a visit to a gallery will never be the same again after you have experienced a Response Time.

It is very informal – we have just 48 hours to put this together so we are sharing work that may well have been written five minutes before we start.

Who is doing it?
Participating artists include James Baker, Caroline Stockford, Hayley Addis, Sandra Bendelow, Cet Haf, Petra Aydin Barberini and Mar Shro Gora. Though we quite often grab a few extra people along the 48 hours and occasionally lose a few too. It is very easy to get lost in galleries!

This lunchtime performance will also include performances from the Third Age Critics.

What’s next for Response Time?
On February 14th Response Time will be responding to an exhibition of Shani Rhys James automatons at Ceredigion Museum Gallery. If you are interested in being involved in Response Time then contact scriptographyproductions@gmail.com

Response Time: Artes Mundi 6 Introducing the Participants

 

Response Time: Open Space. Image by Keith Morris

Response Time: Open Space. Image by Keith Morris

Petra Aydin Barberini
Creator, Designer, Writer.
Petra works across disciplines. Experienced in the making of site specific installations and kinetic objects. She works with the designing and manufacturing of bespoke jewellery for a living.

‘I’ve worked with everything from precious objects to live projects with massed choirs and orchestras. I have a passion for using film projection as a light source to change and define spaces and the use of abstract sound to introduce a fixed timebased element of emotional narrative.”

Petra is fascinated by the capture of memory in objects and the narratives triggered by treasured items. She has recently started exploring the written word for performance.

Her future projects will include collaborating with the Cardiff School of Art and Design at the Fab Lab project and also joining the team responsible for the ‘Culture Colony Quarterly Magazine’ Wales’ rising star in printed contemporary art journalism.

James Baker
James Baker is a Writer and Performer, recently graduated from a Performing Arts BTEC at Coleg Ceredigion. He is currently writing his first full length play.

He’s fascinated by how we narrativise our lives, the Stories and Lies we tell ourselves and each other to make life liveable, and he hopes the human condition of endemic self-deception is a long-lived one as he finds it quite useful for getting to sleep at night.

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Hannah Pullen
Hannah Pullen loves to respond to life in as many ways as artistically possible. In her spare time she likes to cause mayhem with her art… initiating origami invasions of space, filling puddles with rubber ducks, and decorating anything that looks like it could do with a bit of glitter.

She recently completed her Performing Arts BTEC at Coleg Ceredigion and is currently studying Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University.

She is particularly interested in live art events; creating traces and images within theatre – and is in love with artists such as Franko B, and Marina Abramovic. She is also becoming increasingly interested in responding through movement; exploring relationship, environment and language through movement and dance – with heavy influence from Keersmaeker, Pina Bausch, and the structures of Mike Pearson’s “In all languages.”

Mar Shro Gora
Mar Shro Gora is an artist whose work is concerned with time. Self-documented performance, sculpture and textiles are integrated into lens-based work using alternative photographic processes. Mar Shro has performed and exhibited at Tate, BALTIC, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, FACT, APT Gallery London, New Gallery London, Manchester’s greenroom, Basic FM, Lightworks, Oriel Davies Gallery, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Gas Gallery / Oriel Nwy Aberystwyth, St Dogmaels Gallery and MAERZ and bb15 galleries, Linz, Austria. Mar Shro participated in ISIS Arts’ Nomadic Village 2012, DIE FABRIKANTEN’s Akademie der Stille in Austria’s Dachstein region, and Schmiede 2012 & 2013 in Hallein, Austria. http://vimeo.com/marshro

Naomi Heath
I hate writing artist’s statements. To be honest, I hate reading them too. Do you enjoy them?

I work as an artist because I love it. Art is embedded in me; it’s what I am, and it’s all I know. I just seek to communicate clearly and accessibly, without patronising or alienating anyone, at any stage in the process. I believe that if art’s good enough, it will reach anyone who’s interested. The artist’s ego, history and insecurities I see as unnecessary baggage.

I’m a listening artist, and people and places are very important to me. Their language and their narratives create the dynamics of my art. Only after getting a feel for these do I begin to decide what mediums I might use in response – perhaps poetry and performance, perhaps video and sound, perhaps other technologies or cultural forms. Perhaps a combination of several.

I’m a bilingual artist, and that helps me to understand how many different layers of perception exist, and how different ways of seeing and understanding exist alongside each other. I’m increasingly aware too, of all the things art can’t say, and how much of any experience it just can’t catch. So I’m drawn to multi-sensory and bilingual approaches that give us more chance to ‘clywed’ – make sense of and categorise – the world and experiences round us.

I’m a collaborative artist. In my experience, people learn more about themselves by working together, than by working alone. Cultures and communities are so dense, multi-faceted and multi-layered that different personalities and patterns of perception can open up understandings, and offer useful ways forward, for all of us involved in a collaboration.

Art’s a simple thing to me, in many ways. It’s a process of learning and growing and giving, of being guided and inspired by people you love, and people you meet. It’s about responding honestly, kindly and generously to situations, people, places and their stories. About refusing to be trapped by preconceptions. About caring enough to work all day, for days and weeks, to create something you believe is worthwhile, and will enrich others. And about being willing to rebel.

That’s me.

Naomi Heath
Mae’n gas gyda fi wneud datganiadau artist. Â dweud y gwir yn onest, mae’n gas gyda fi eu darllen nhw hefyd. Ydych chi’n eu mwynhau nhw?

Rwyf fi’n gweithio fel artist achos fy mod i’n dwli ar gelf. Mae’n rhan ohonof fi. Hwn yw’n hanfod i. A’r unig beth rwyf fi’n gwybod amdano. Hanfod fy ngwaith yw ceisio cyfathrebu, yn eglur ac yn ddealladwy, heb fod yn nawddoglyd a heb eithrio neb. Rwyf fi’n credu bod celf sy’n taro deuddeg yn cyrraedd pob un sydd â diddordeb. Ac i mi mae pethau fel ego ac ansicrwydd a hanes personol yr artist yn llyffethair i’r gwaith ac yn ddi-angen.

Rwyf fi’n artist sy’n gwrando, sy’n ystyried pobl a lle yn bethau pwysig iawn. Ieithoedd y pethau hyn, a’u hanesion, sy’n gyrru deinameg fy ngwaith. Dim ond ar ôl dod yn gynefin â nhw y byddaf yn penderfynu ar gyfrwng neu gyfryngau fy ymateb – ai ar ffurf barddoniaeth a pherfformiad ynteu fideo a sain, ar ffurfiau technolegol neu ddiwylliannol eraill ynteu ar gyfuniad o sawl un. Mae gwyddoniaeth, fel celf, yn destun rhyfeddod i mi, ac rwyf fi wrth fy modd yn gwneud defnydd o sgiliau gwyddoniaeth a thechnoleg yn fy ngwaith.

Rwyf fi’n artist dwyieithog, ac mae hynnu’n helpu fi i ddeall bod sawl haenen gwahanol o ganfyddiad i’w chael, a fel mae’r gwahanol ffyrdd o weld a deall y byd yn cyd-fyw. Ar ben hynny mae fy ymwybyddiaeth yn cynyddu o’r holl bethau nad all celf ddim â’i ddweud, ac o ba mor fawr yw’r cyfran hwnnw o unrhyw brofiad sydd y tu hwnt i allu celf i’w gyflwyno. O achos hynny rwyf fi’n hoffi dilyn trywydd sy’n defnyddio dwy iaith a sawl synnwyr, trywydd sydd o’r herwydd yn rhoi mwy o gyfle i ni ‘glywed‘ – i gymryd i mewn a threfnu, a gweld rheswm, yn y byd o’n cwmpas a’i brofiadau.

Mae fy null gwaith yn un cydweithredol. Rwyf fi’n gwybod o brofiad bod pobl yn dysgu mwy amdan eu hunain drwy gydwneud â phobl eraill na thrwy weithio ar eu pennau eu hunain. Mae diwylliant a chymuned yn bethau mor ddwys, mor amlochrog a mor amlhaenog, fel bod gwahanol bersonoliaethau a’u ffyrdd gwahanol o weld y byd yn gallu agor ffenestri dealltwriaeth a chynnig ffyrdd ymlaen sydd nid yn unig yn newydd a dadlennol, ond sydd hefyd yn ddefnyddiol i’r rhai hynny sy’n dewis cydweithio.

Mae celf i mi’n beth syml, mewn sawl ffordd. Mae’n proses o ddysgu, o dyfu ac o roi, o gael eich harwain a’ch ysbrydoli gan bobl sy’n annwyl i chi, a gan bobl sy’n newydd i chi. Mae’n golygu hefyd ymateb yn onest, yn garedig ac yn haelionus i sefyllfaoedd a phobl, i lefydd a’u hanes. Mae’n golygu gwrthod cael eich caethiwo gan ragdybiaethau; a becso digon i weithio drwy’r dydd, bob dydd am wythnosau i greu rhywbeth yr ydych chi’n credu sy’n beth o werth, ac a fydd yn cyfoethogi bywydau pobl eraill. Ac mae’n golygu bod yn barod i wrthryfela.

Wele fi.

Ruth Hogg
Ruth Hogg is a multidisciplinary artist, maker and arts facilitator. She enjoys working with and within the community in all of her work and in terms of arts facilitation, she has experience working within the sphere of promoting positive mental health, working with people with special needs, emotional and behavioural problems, autism or youth offenders, and considers that we are all unique, and can learn from each other. She has curated ::the studio:: Gallery in Aberystwyth since 2009, which has given many young artists their first solo shows,as well as working with established artists and has an emphasis on creating an interactive experience for the viewer, often blurring the boundaries between artist, audience and participant, in its multisensory time-based approach to curating.

In her own artistic practice she mostly works with photography, installation, film, performance, poetry, movement and found objects. She has exhibited since 2001,including work shown in Chapter and Tactile Bosch in Cardiff. Her thematic interests include Light, Symbols, Mandalas, Objects, Healing, Magic, Archetypes and Elements and her approach usually involves intense curiosity, and a desire for mutual understanding and discussion, with a hint of comedy thrown in!

“Elementals Re-sound. Arche-typos re- flecked with old paint, re-fraction of a second was all it took for the echo to eternalise…………..”

Response Time with Artes Mundi 6 at National Museum Cardiff

Hannah Pullen

Hannah Pullen. Image by Keith Morris

Response Time will be taking its unique form of performed response to art, space and environment to Cardiff with a 24 hour live response to Artes Mundi 6 at the National Museum Cardiff on Thursday 30th October.

The Response Time project began as a pilot project to create performed response to art, space and environment at the Gas Gallery in Aberystwyth. In April 2014 it extended the 48 hour long project into a ten day residency at the gallery Adleisio: Replay Me which explored immediate responses and longer developed responses to the work of Annie Morgan Suganami’s exhibition alongside the development of previous work.

Response Time allows young and emerging artists and performance makers to work alongside more experienced performance makers and curators from a variety of disciplines. It provides a vital opportunity for performance makers in Ceredigion to gain performance experience and explore their own and others process of developing work.

Response Time: Pilot Light. Image by Keith Morris

Response Time: Pilot Light. Image by Keith Morris

Sandra Bendelow the Response Time producer said, “We were invited along by Guy O’Donnell from the Response Wales project to work alongside his Young Critics responding to Artes Mundi and we are really excited about facing this new challenge. Previous projects have allowed between 48 hours and ten days for participants but this will give us barely 24 hours so it will have to be an immediate response to the work, space and environment. We never know what will be produced. It crosses disciplines and merges art-forms combining physical theatre, text, art, sound, movement, comedy. We have only ever worked in the Gas Gallery which is a small, intimate, space that we became very at home in but at Artes Mundi 6 in the National Museum Wales, everything will be bigger, the art, the space and yet we have less time – it is going to be a real challenge but we’re all really looking forward to it. For the audience they will be seeing something which is very live, raw and a very real response to the work.“

Hayley Addis asked the audience to look through the windows of the art

Response Time. Image by Keith Morris

Participants include Naomi Heath who is a bi-lingual, inter-disciplinary performance artist who recently exhibited at Moma Wales as part of Cymylau Tystion/Clouds of Witness, James Baker an emerging performance maker with his unique and indefinable exploration of textual, physical and comic response, Hannah Pullen a recent graduate of Coleg Ceredigion currently studying at Aberystwyth University’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Sandra Bendelow an inter-disciplinary scriptwriter and producer, Mar Shro Gora a performance artist who works with self documentation and time, Lara Ward a theatre practitioner and choreographer and Petra Barberini a cross disciplinary creator.

Petra Barberini said, “The Response project at the Artes Mundi provides a great challenge to create with a team of like minded artists within a 24 hour period. I’m thoroughly looking forward to discover what will be born from this experience.  For the audience I’m hoping for a gem of insight into our everyday life. A gem to be treasured and remain as a fleeting memory of that moment at the Artes Mundi. I have no idea where will the space and artists lead us? ”

Response Time is currently looking to find new gallery spaces throughout Wales in which to work on a week-long residency responding to art, space and environment. For more information about Response Time contact scriptographyproductions@gmail.com

The performance will be at 1.05PM on 30th October in the National Museum of Wales as part of a series of lunchtime performances taking place throughout Artes Mundi 6. The event is free.

Response Time: Open Space

Vivian Ezugha respondin to Flicker by Ben Partridge. Image by Keith Morris

Vivian Ezugha responding to Flicker by Ben Partridge. Image by Keith Morris

Scriptography Productions will be hosting the next 48 hour challenge to multi-disciplinary, cross-artform performance makers to respond to art, space and environment at the Gas Gallery, Park Avenue, Aberystwyth 10th – 12th January.

The project has already produced an eclectic range of work from new short plays, storytelling, installation art, movement, dance, audio, music, performance art and poetry and we are very excited in our first project of 2014 to be responding to the Open Art Exhibition which features over 50 artists from Ceredigion with 66 works of 2D and 3D art on display.

The work produced will be shared with audiences on Sunday 12th January for two performances at 6PM and 8PM. Tickets £5 (£3).

If you would like more information or are interested in participating this or future Response Time challenges as either an artist, a writer, performer or director contact scriptographyproductions@gmail.com  The challenges offer the opportunity to gain experience developing work for performance to the public and also offers the exciting and unique opportunity to collaborate across disciplines and art-forms. We work to provide a safe, supportive and fun environment for everyone involved.

Follow news about the project at www.facebook.com/scriptographyproductions and @scriptography