Thursday, 16 August 2012

Open Studio. Rizwan Mirza, Vida Simon & Miranda Whall. Tuesday August 28th between 3pm - 7pm

Creative Units 1, 2 & 3.

Free all welcome.

Visit the creative units to see the new studio works produced by Rizwan Mirza, Vida Simon & Miranda Whall during their three month residency at Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

Rizwan Mirza:

“I recently came across three books published over a span of three centuries and often at a unique juncture in our shared history where cultures have crossed paths and often faced insurmountable challenges: The Last Mughal, Travels into Bukhara and The Gathering Storm.
When I arrived at the residency in the middle of a sudden and violent storm I found uprooted trees from nearby forests which had been abandoned downriver on a pebble beach. These pieces of driftwood became my raw material.
By placing what may appear to be disparate ideas together can often take you to an unexpected place. My ideas and work are closely tied to the topography of a place, not only how it is shaped but also exploring the layers of matter contained within it. “

Vida Simon (Canada):

Vida’s practice incorporates drawing, painting, writing, found/hand-crafted objects, sound, and gesture, combined to form site-responsive installations and performances. Drawing live often plays a central role in her performances. Much of her work plays with scale extremes, through projected drawings or situating the body in relation to miniature worlds.
“Working in this wonderful tin pod (light, space, time) has allowed me to develop diverging threads and themes simultaneously – all under the umbrella of Noah’s Flood. I have collected seaweed, experimented with sheep’s wool, made watercolours, drawn storyboards, played with video, and devised new measurement systems and forms of currency.”

Miranda Whall:

Image: Iwan Bala. July 2012

Miranda Whall’s project while artist in residence has developed through the contribution of fourteen local Welsh speaking participants. The participants were invited to talk on ‘hiraeth’ for an audio and video recording either in her studio or in their homes. The recordings present a rich and varied interpretation of the word that is particular and deeply rooted in the Welsh language, heritage and culture but it could be argued that it is a concept that is universal to us all.
Twm Morys will interpret the monologues to form a poem that will be interpreted by a composer for the Aberystwyth Male Voice choir who will perform the a cappella choral arrangement in the autumn of 2013 in a chapel to be decided.
Hiraeth will be part of a series of individual projects under the umbrella project-  the 'Quests'; an interdisciplinary multi screen installation that will be a touring exhibition, the first venue will be the new Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts in Bath, for the opening/launch of the new gallery in Autumn 2014, other venue's in the tour tbc.
So far Whall has made projects in France, Spain and Wales, working with texts vocalised in French, Nigerian and Welsh. She will be developing projects over the coming year while artist in residence in Istanbul and Mexico and while living and working in Europe. All of the projects have and will develop according to location specific responses and the dynamics that occur within local collaboration and participation.
Miranda Whall would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved  in the 'hiraeth' project for their inspiration, enthusiasm, support and generous participation and to invite them to see all fourteen recordings presented at the Open Studios event

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