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 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.
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
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.
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.
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…………..”