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AbstractMaking A Rock is Collaborative Research with Debra Swann. This collaboration has developed through a series of residencies at Primary, Nottingham and Sumer lodge Nottingham Trent University 2016. Our first exhibition was in Antwerp, Belgium, at Collective National Gallery in 2016 (Collective National was founded by Janna Beck, Lecturer at The Academy in Antwerp) and then an exhibition at Primary, Nottingham 2017. Making a Rock’ is an ongoing durational performance that attends to the physical construction of a large-scale object (a cardboard ‘rock’) embracing the potential of duration, temporality, liveness and performativity. Using photography, video and sound to document this process of making, the enquiry expands the vocabulary of sculptural practice through the focus of the durational aspects of making and the idea of the sculptural work in flux. This practice-based enquiry has developed from working collaboratively with Debra Swann(Artist and Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University) since January 2016. This enquiry explores the process of making and collecting data. It investigates how we understand objects and sound and the properties and qualities they possess. Through the artist/object relationship a focus on the evolution of an object and the artist’s process is examined. Rock Music is a composition created using sounds taken from recordings of the artist Debra Swann making a huge cardboard rock. We have been exploring the different kinds of data we can gather from our artistic practice. We extract the data and rework it in live performances and exhibited works. Rock Music explores sound in relation to domestic and labour intensive activity. The composition is cut onto a vinyl record which is played over and over within the exhibition space. The sound of the activity becomes abstract and otherworldly when amplified. Mundane working involves repetition – a strange rhythm develops – a kind of chant. We have developed performances and exhibited at Collectiv National Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium in 2016 and at Primary, Nottingham in 2017 . This research has given us substantial material to support applications to higher profile institutions and public spaces.
CitationLocke, C. and Swann, D. (2016) 'Making a Rock - Rock Music', [Exhibit] Collectiv National Gallery, Antwerp, 16th March.
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