readings in passage exhibition now open

‘Readings in Passage: Mountain Reflections’ exhibition by the artist collective C.A.A.K.E (Collaborative Art & Kinetic Environments) is now open!

High, blustery wind, driving rain, mist rolling in. The rapid and drastic change in weather on the mountain, heightened the feeling of wildness, where the sheer physical exertion needed to keep even a hint of control over our materials and our own bodies became a strenuous battle. Yet this was exhilarating, exhausting, pushing us out of our comfort zones, connecting us fully to the rawness of this harsh environment. Isolation and dislocation were experienced by all as we individually struggled with our engagement, yet collectively battled with and worked with the elements, forcing urgent spontaneous responses in the moment.

This is how the C.A.A.K.E artists/performers (Gail Mahon, Sandra Robinson, Tara Murphy, Rachel Gomme, Brónagh Corr-McNicholl, Bridget Madden) described their experience of undertaking a creative residency in the Sperrin Mountains last year.

The exhibition casts new light onto the objects, films, sounds, large drawings derived from the residency project which culminated in a one night performance event within a R-Space gallery in Lisburn. The performance installation was just one of those research outcomes that occurred through several group conversations, postal projects, and workshops that directly explored found materials, objects, physical movement and the experiential memory of those objects.

Now revisiting the project at RVACC the exhibition presents the artworks created one year on as afterimages, tracings and fragments of those moments in time. In direct response to the groups mountain experience, two films were commissioned to document the process throughout the project; a result of their week-long residency, discussions and one live performance installation held with the gallery space. Improvisation became the means of communication within the group, learning to ‘read’ each other, ‘read’ the environments and ‘read’ personal responses demanded of the group heighten concentration upon the immediate commitment to the moment whilst working in a collaboration.

The exhibition draws the viewer in, prompting questions about how we relate to our surrounding environment and landscape and how our experience of the environment on a daily basis, influences our thoughts, perception and memories.

CAAKE artists attended the opening on Saturday 29 May and provided a popular tour of the exhibition, as well as a painting workshop for adults. They are providing three further activities to accompany their exhibition: another FREE tour on Saturday 27th May at 12noon; a workshop in Meditative Movement also on Saturday 27 May from 10am-12.30 and a Cyanotype Print Workshop on 27th may from 10.30am-1pm. To book any of these activities, just call us on Tel: 02877760650.

This FREE exhibition continues in our ground floor Ritter Gallery until 24 June.

This entry was posted on May 4th, 2017 at 11:55 am

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