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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.

Pilot Light: A 48 hour challenge to respond to art, space and environment

Sandra Masterson's work on display in the staircase which will be one of the performance areas

Sandra Masterson’s work on display in the staircase which will be one of the performance areas

During this weekend 20th September – 22nd September a unique cross-artform, multiple platform event will be taking place at the newly opened Gas Gallery in Aberystwyth. Local writers, performers, directors, digital media artists, installation artists and film-makers will be facing a 48 hour challenge, Response Time: Pilot Light, to produce a performed response to the art, space and environment of the Gas Gallery

The current exhibitions by Sandra Masterson and Aislinn Knight will be featured as part of the project. ‘The Language Earth’ by Sandra Masterson in which the artist 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’’. Aislinn Knight’s ‘Landscape of Mid Wales’ reflects the landscape as noisy, wild and constantly changing, rarely quiet, peaceful and still.

The Response Time project will be produced by Scriptography Productions whose recent projects have included a new play about Alan Turing called To Kill a Machine by local writer Catrin Fflur Huws and EarCandy an audio drama project from a web-platform which allowed listeners to hear 12 new short audio plays by 13 writers.

A creative writing workshop will take place on the Friday evening at the Gas Gallery offering an insight into developing writing using art, space and environment.

Response Time will also begin on the Friday evening with participants being allocated areas of the Gas Gallery, they will then have just 48 hours to write, devise and rehearse short pieces and then on Sunday evening there will be three showings of the work performed which audience will be invited to view as a promenade performance.

Writers involved in the project include Sandra Bendelow and Branwen Davies alongside members of Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s Writing for Performance Group and students at Aberystwyth University and Coleg Ceredigion. Sandra Bendelow’s short play One Hour and 45 Minutes presented at the Royal Court by Dirty Protest Theatre and Branwen Davies play Gwagle was part of Rhwng Dau Fyd presented by Living Pictures Production, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru and Sherman Cymru.

The project will be shared through social media channels with the event being documented on film and audio. Participants will be encouraged to think about digital media as part of their response to open the event up to virtual audiences.

Sandra Bendelow said “I have to admit it is quite a scary creative challenge to face having 48 hours to produce something without having any idea what it might be and then to share it with an audience. I’ve certainly never done anything like this before. None of the participants will know in advance what part of the gallery they will be in so there is no way to cheat it. It will be a very exciting and fun 48 hours. The work of the artists will central to the response but we also want to explore the space and the environment in which the gallery sits. We’ll be thinking about the rooms that house the art, the secret cupboards, the staircases and what we can see through windows. We’ll be thinking about who could be coming in to look at the art and who could be walking past the gallery. Audience who come along on the Sunday will be part of something very unique and special at the Gas Gallery. It is hoped this will be the first of many response projects at the Gas Gallery and other galleries and museums in Ceredigion, it’s why we named the project Pilot Light because it’s a small light that is kept alight to power something more powerful.”

The performances of Response Time will be taking place on Sunday 22nd September at 5.30pm, 7pm and 8.30pm, £5 (£3 concessions). The creative writing workshop, Responding to art, space and environment will take place on Friday 20th 6pm £6 (£4 concessions).

Further information and ticket booking is available at scriptographyproductions@gmail.com

The event can also be followed on-line at http://www.facebook.com/celfceredigionart

More information on the Celf Ceredigion Art and it’s flagship project Gas Gallery can be found at the website http://www.celfceredigionart.org/

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