Care and digital creativity

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Through series of seminars, meeting and events, this network aims to start a dialogue about artwork that addresses aspect of care and digital creativity.

Motherhood, care and creativity

Dr Marchevska and her network of collaborators look at art that deals with maternal labour on cultural and psychic levels and feminist art that addresses social justice issues in relation to maternal realities.  Mothering involves balance, combining creative practice with everyday chores. This network is interested in highlighting the challenges of how practitioners combine art and maternal experiences; and will reflect on practices where the creative exploration, writing and theory about the maternal are intrinsically connected.

 

In the past years, the network organised two international conferences:

The conferences brought together an international group of academics and artists interested in the intersection of the maternal, creativity and activism. As a result of this, a co-edited special issue of the journal Studies in the Maternal was published, titled Performing everyday maternal practice: Activist structures in creative work (November 2016).

For more info contact Dr Elena Marchevska on e.marchevska@lsbu.ac.uk

 

Immersive theatre and care

Dan Barnard and his network of collaborators look at exploring three interweaving topics, linked by the theme of care:

How do we take care of our audiences in interactive, immersive and one-on-one performance? What steps can we take to ensure that we do this well and what are the examples of best practice that we can learn from? What is our duty of care and when, if ever, is it OK to betray the trust of our audiences?

How do theatre and performance makers negotiate care as a subject matter? In an aging society in which the number of senior citizens has increased by 11% and in which 850,000 British people are currently living with dementia (with these figures are projected to rise to 1 million by 2025 and 2 million by 2050) how can we sensitively deal with topics such as aging, dementia and illness within the performances that we create? How can we attempt to represent the experience of people who may struggle to articulate that experience themselves? Should we attempt to give audiences an experience of these things or is this an impossibility that renders any attempt futile and tokenistic?

How can we take care in the way that we critique, review and discuss immersive, interactive and one on one performance? These forms are inherently subjective, with each audience member potentially having a different and unique experience. As academics, critics and fellow artists, how can we acknowledge these factors whilst still engaging analytically with the work? How do we care for the makers and performers of something whilst maintaining a rigourous critique?

For more info contact Dan Barnard on barnard2@lsbu.ac.uk

 

Events:

Taking Care: a participatory project in letters and thread

5-7 June 2019 10am till 4pm Borough Road Gallery

Discussion evening with Rachel Epp Buller, Mary Paterson and Lena Simic, Wed 5 June 2019, 6-8 pm in Borough Road Gallery (103 Borough Road, SE1 0AA, London)
Free entry

Share your words with me and I will listen.

You are invited to join U.S. artist Rachel Epp Buller in residence at Borough Road Gallery, where she will embroider words in a durational performance devoted to care and listening. Her work explores letter-writing as an act of care and a bond of human connection that is directly connected to slowing down, taking time to take care, with our words and for each other. In Taking Care, the artist invites participants to write her a letter that recounts an act of care, large or small; she offers to receive these words, to intimately listen, and to embroider the words to make publicly visible these often unseen labors.

The artist welcomes community members to join her in embroidering, crocheting, knitting, or just in conversation, 10am-4pm, June 5-7, 2019.

 

Bio

Dr. Rachel Epp Buller (USA) is a feminist, printmaker, book artist, art historian, university professor, and mother of three. Her artistic, written, and curatorial work addresses these intersections, focusing on the maternal body and feminist care in contemporary art contexts.

 

This event is hosted by Care and Digital Creativity Network.

 

 

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