The Manorbier Reading Room and surrounding vicinity
Monday 25 Feb – Friday 1 March 2019
Tentacular Thinking explored Animism; the ancient belief system that attributes all things — animals, plants, rocks, weather systems, language, technology — as being connected, animated and alive.
Abigail collaborated with Gilly Booth, Simon Whitehead and Séan Vicary, and experimented with new types of practice; incorporating a mix of play, technique, knowledge and failure that nurtured creative impulses.
By exploring Animism, they considered new ways of reconfiguring their relation to the Earth and all its inhabitants – in the midst of ecological devastation -to form a more sustainable and symbiotic relationship with the world, where we are humbled by nature and seek to work with it.
Seeking Blossom in Winter
“People think that their world will get smaller as they get older. My experience is just the opposite. Your senses become more active. You start to blossom.” Yoko Ono
What is the older artist to do? Seeking Blossom in Winter was an investigation into the possibilities afforded by many years of radical performance practice and experience, led by Kevin Lewis.
Bringing together four Wales-based artists in their 60s, with over 160 years of experience in extraordinary, radical performance practice between them, the project explored what happens when these artists encountered each other and started to play.
Kevin collaborated with Jill Greenhalgh, Phillip MacKenzie and Belinda Neave.
I Know You’re In There
November – December 2018
A daughter honours her mother in the ruins of their family home.
“Dementia has ravaged my Mother’s brain. The infrastructure and interior of her house mirrors this decay and deterioration. An estate agent values the house – what’s it worth? Everything. What stories could our family home breathe?”
This is Carri’s response to the clinical treatment of her mother’s life and estate. To some, she is now a number, her home is a figure on estate agent-headed notepaper. To Carri, she is a woman who has lived an extraordinary life.
This project was a personal excavation of stories before the builders moved in and rendered it unrecognisable.
Carri collaborated with writer Kaite O’Reilly and director Phillip Zarrilli on this lab.