EXHIBITION: SHIFT HAPPENS
Phoenix Arts Space, 1 - 18 September 2023
Cole & Joslin presented work for the Community Takeover, A Seat at the Table.
SHIFT HAPPENS reflected on the process of making art as a way to think through personal experience, made in collaboration with Brighton Women's Centre. The group asked themselves what it means to reflect upon, activate, and acclimatise to change, seeking ways to visualise the uncertainties and complexities in their lives. Individual ideas were developed collectively, with visitors invited to contribute to the ongoing research, by writing a postcard, drawing a Food Bank Still Life, adding to the wall of monoprint chairs and performing at the BWC Open Mic event.
Funded by an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant.
March 2023, we were in residence in the Project Space at Phoenix, with invited guests and the public able to see what had been made as an interim review. We were then invited to continue working towards this Community Takeover with BWC.
Our progress was logged here on an A-N Blog.
Exhibition view, with growing wall of mono-prints
SHIFT HAPPENS: BWC Open Mic with Aflo the Poet
The Change, 2022 1 min 15 secs
Cole & Joslin, single screen video, with music by Felix Laband (Falling Off a Horse). Utilising the early film The Kiss in the Tunnel (1899) by George Albert Smith, courtesy of Screen Archive South East. This video is an experiment in working with archive film footage, green screen and dance.
This Cole & Joslin video was made with dancer Clea Godsill and Yael Flexer's Acting Our Age dance group, filmed at South East Dance, FuseBox and in a field near Brighton. LAZY explores the narrative of a LazyBoy chair, based on an audio recording by a woman describing the role of this furniture within the history of her abusive marriage. Early footage was tested during a Show & Tell at FuseBox in September 2022 and we finally blew up the chair, with the generous support and expertise of Mike Sansom. Supported by CSM Research. LAZY was exhibited as part of SHIFT HAPPENS, September 2023.
STATIC has won the Best 360 Film category in the Cannes World Film Festival, officially selected for The Fine Arts Film Festival in Venice, California and Award Winner at the Beyond the Curve International Film Festival.
FUNDING: a-n Artists Bursary 2021/22
Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin were awarded an a-n Artist Bursary: Time, Space, Money, to develop their skills in working with 360 video and interactive technologies. The funding also enabled them to meet with film-maker Andrew Kotting, as a mentor, to discuss social practices in relation to VR and embodied encounters.