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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

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