Mouths and lips and tongues seem to be featuring heavily in the work I am making at the moment...so I made a list of the the things that have been in my mouth so far today. I think I might carry it on for a while.
*I'm also trying to think about how I finish my work...so I hemmed the edges and pinned it up with gold.
On Friday Ting and I ran our first workshop looking at community narrative and union banners. The workshop ran from 1.30-4 and we had 5 first year participants. We had devised several story and drawing games to generate ideas and slogans before working together to create a union style banner that represents Interactive Arts.
We wanted to work with the first years to give ourselves a chance to try out ideas and experiment without worrying too much. It was great to have a chance to actually try out the ideas we have been working on and we discovered several things we will be developing for next time. However we are aware that this will most likely be one of our easiest sessions - the participants know us and each other and are comfortable working the way we were asking them to. It was also different from future workshops as we are a part of the Interactive Arts community, and this won't be the case with any future workshops.
Our participants decided that they wanted to create a banner than represented the whole of Interactive Arts - inspired by one of the drawing dice questions, they decided they wanted every person on the course (plus tutors) to draw a small self portrait onto the canvas.*
*we have since received feedback that some members of the course found it difficult to draw on a portrait as they hadn't been a part of the task and so were unsure and felt intrusive/put on the spot.
Yesterday I spent the day working with Margarida and two other dancers - Izzy and Evie. We have been exploring restriction, sight and deception while thinking about how to use body casts and movement in a way that juxtaposes touch and sight and plays with the traditional meanings of both dance and visual art.
Feminist Discussion Group run by Riikka Enne and myself. Open to all! Come along every other Wednesday, starting 20th January to meeting room 3 in the MMU students union 5-7 for films showings, readings and discussion! We can't wait to meet you.
*The name is an anagram of Fourth Wave - something feminist groups of the 1970's often did.
Sometimes, the words coming out of your mouth don't sound like words. Sometimes they are noises that cut straight through me and make everything harder than it ever needed to be. Sometimes.
I am interested in votes and voices and how we use our mouths to both speak up and shut others down. I don't know yet how I want to explore that...I'm thinking and talking and making and trying not to worry or analyse myself too much yet.
So for now I'm sitting here; open mouthed, with my tongue hanging out.
Health Records is an exhibition by Claire Tindale & Niki Colclough currently on show at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Arts, in Manchester's Northern Quarter.
‘Health Records is an exhibition of new work by artists Claire Tindale and Niki Colclough created in response to their experience delivering workshops on the Renal Unit at the Manchester Royal infirmary. The project was delivered in collaboration with CFCCA and Kidneys for Life‘ (cfcca.org.uk, 2016).
Ting and I went for a consultation/chat with Niki this morning - we listened to her experience with workshop facilitation and arts for health as well as discussing our plans and ideas for the future. I enjoyed both the exhibition and the chat and left feeling invigorated and inspired.