The Manorbier Reading Room and surrounding vicinity
Monday 25 Feb – Friday 1 March 2019
Tentacular Thinking will explore Animism; the ancient belief system that attributes all things — animals, plants, rocks, weather systems, language, technology — as being connected, animated and alive.
Abigail will collaborate with Christine Cooper, Simon Whitehead and Séan Vicary, to experiment with new types of practice; incorporating a mix of play, technique, knowledge and failure to nurture creative impulses.
By exploring Animism, they will consider new ways of reconfiguring our relations 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 is 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 will explore what happens when these artists encounter each other and start to play. What fires will be lit? What seeds will be sown?
Kevin will collaborate 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 is a personal excavation of stories before the builders move in and render it unrecognisable.
Carri will collaborate with writer Kaite O’Reilly and director Phillip Zarrilli on this lab.