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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


Pilot Light – a response

Branwen Davies performing her response to the work of Sandra Masterson

Branwen Davies performing her response to the work of Sandra Masterson

After a little time to reflect on the pilot  of the Response Time performed response to
art, space and environment it’s time to think
about what worked well, what could have worked better and how to make things
even more interesting for the next one scheduled to take place 25th – 27th October.

One thing that most certainly emerged was a supportive, collaborative and friendship forming environment. With all participants enjoying their experience and being inspired to produce work.

As we’ve chosen to make this an on-going project responding to each exhibition at the Gas Gallery time constraints for organisation will always be a factor but also a benefit as it serves the nature of the project as it really is a case of seeing who gets involved and then throwing them together to see what emerges.

A few things took us by surprise, the changing light of each performance resulted in changes in the performance with shadows and darkness impacting the space and performers. Tashina Keller’s movement piece became a dance with paintings and shadows by the final show.

Every performance was completely different even without the changing light which is inevitable from performance shared with an audience after such a short time in development.

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

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

Many of the performances called for interaction from the audience and so the audience changes also impacted. James Baker asked the audience to spit into his
bowl. Hayley Addis asked for the audience
to make sounds which resonated and impacted through the upstairs gallery.
Vivian C. Ezugha asked the audience to
go outside onto the pavement and watch through a window. Branwen Davies asked the audience to choose from 1-12 to select which pieces would be performed, even through a rehearsal and three performances 4 and 10 were never chosen.

There was much within the space we could have made more of and no doubt will do in future projects. People wandering by throughout the performances and peering in became part of the performances and random comments from passers by were calling out to be part of future projects.

At such an early stage of the development of the project we’re unsure the role of digital recording and simply plan to continue to do this until it becomes clearer how it can be integrated into the live performance or become part of something bigger, beyond the 48 hour installations of performance.

It will be interesting to see how much the changing nature of the art impacts on the responses creating difference is how the performance makers respond to the space and environment.

We have to allow the project to evolve and change as it needs to and to help this we will being in guest curators whose job it will be to nurture the weekend’s performances and steer them towards presentation to an audience.

It is also inevitable that we think of moving some of the pieces forward to see how they can develop alone without the art, space and environment to support them or how we can take the art, space and environment elsewhere through digital mediums.

One piece by Hannah Mann, Ruth Hogg and Gareth Williams was presented entirely digitally without any live-performance and yet perfectly reflected the whole project by containing elements of performance process and responding to both exhibitions.

There are endless possibilities for Response Time and while we ponder those we’ll continue to play.

Footage, images and recordings of the weekend are available now and we will continue to post more as we edit and upload including a filmed interview with Aislinn Knight talking about her work.


Pilot Light Producers Diary

Catrin Fflur Huws and Roger Boyle at work

Catrin Fflur Huws and Roger Boyle at work

The last 40 hours have certainly been interesting.
I’ve been musing a little on my role within this project.
Yes I’m producing it but the title producer seems a little inaccurate.

My business card says Executive Producer
but that is largely a title I aspire. One day I’ll be an executive producer but not quite there yet!

For this project I have largely thrown a group of creative together, given them a framework of responding to art, space and environment, provided digital media equipment to record in film and sound the process and the performances and then mainly I’ve let the play.

Creative play coordinator might be apt. Curator might me possible too but then I’m within an art environment so it feels strange to call myself curator when I’m standing next to actual curators.

I kicked off the project with a creative writing exercise to get people thinking about how to respond to art, space and environment. I have encouraged people to sit in the space, to take time to think and feel and respond to the space, I have encouraged people to go off and put space between themselves and the Gas Gallery. I have observed, encouraged, resolved technical issues. I have run around on errands, been a fixer finding equipment, posted things on digital media, documented, steered, cajoled, reassured. I’ve made coffee, carried things, moved things, collected canvases, dug up soil from my garden, interviewed, shaped. I have puzzled, pondered, mused. I have cleaned, tidied, made wires safe. I have locked myself in a cupboard with Roger Boyle and locked Sean Langton in a cupboard with Roger Boyle. I have typed up scripts. I have written programmes. I have sought permission to fill a window with charcoal.

Largely I have said yes. When people suggested something I have said yes, go for it. I have had faith in people’s creative abilities to produce ideas. I have allowed those ideas to grow. I have had faith that people’s instincts are correct. It’s a response project so it’s my job to nurture responses.

Mainly I’ve just been there and let people get on with it.

So yes not really sure what you’d call it.

Gas Gallery: Response Time

Gas Gallery - Oriel Nwy

Gas Gallery – Oriel Nwy http://www.celfceredigionart.org/

Call for participants: Writers, performers, directors, actors, poets, spoken word, filmmakers, sound artists, devisers.

On the weekend of 20th – 22nd of September, Gas Gallery will be hosting the first response to Art project which will be curated and produced by Scriptography Productions. The event will feature a workshop, a 48 hour challenge to produce a performed response to the current exhibitions at Gas Gallery and promenade performances of the work.

At 5.30 on Friday 20th participants will be allocated a “space” within the Gallery and will be asked to respond to the work,
the space and the environment. They will have just 48 hours
to write or devise, rehearse and produce work which will be performed on the Sunday evening as a promenade performance. The project will respond to the art on exhibition whilst also exploring the Gas Gallery, not just the exhibition spaces but its secret rooms, hidden cupboards, doorways and staircases. It will also seek to bring the environment outside into the performances within the Gallery.

Participants can respond as individuals or as part of teams and participants will be encouraged to collaborate with one another. The team or individual allocated to the “space” will be confirmed at 5.30 on the Friday.

Exhibition of Sandra Masterson's work Language, Earth at the Gas Gallery

Exhibition of Sandra Masterson’s work Language, Earth at the Gas Gallery

Mentors will be available through the weekend so experience of previous projects of this nature is not required.

The process will be filmed and shared through social media during the weekend. Participants will be encouraged to think about multi-platform presentation within the responses using film, audio and social media. The shared pieces will be photographed, filmed and recorded as audio as part of an on-line exhibition of the performance which will be shared on social media.

On the evening of Sunday 22nd September the 48 hour challenge to respond to the art, space and environment
of the Gas Gallery will finish and participants will share
the work produced during the weekend. Audiences will be given the opportunity to walk through a series of short performances curated and produced by Scriptography Productions.

The current exhibitions are by Sandra Masterson and Aislinn Knight. In the downstairs gallery ‘The Language Earth’ by Sandra Masterson will be showing. Sandra  uses’ the soil as both the medium and the subject of her work, opening up a space in which the geological and historical past and the present are fused through a visual interpretation of the concept of ‘working the soil’’. In the upstairs gallery paintings by Aislinn Knight ‘Landscape of Mid Wales’ reflecting  the landscape as noisy, wild and constantly changing, rarely quiet, peaceful and still will be exhibiting. Both exhibitions will start on September 4th and show until October 8th. You can find out more about Celf Ceredigion Art, the current and future exhibitions and other events like Stories by Gaslight (monthly storytelling night) at their website

If you are interested in participating or would like more information contact scriptographyproductions@gmail.com