Artist Talk: 9th March
Nottingham-born artist, Permindar Kaur, had her solo exhibition Hiding Out in the Djanogly Gallery in 2014. She is joined in conversation by artist, curator and art historian, Eddie Chambers, who has written about her sculpture and done much to raise awareness of the work of BAME artists in the UK since the 1980s. In this conversation Eddie Chambers quizzes Permindar Kaur about her thirty or so years as a practising artist and how she found her voice among Black and Asian artists in the 1990s in an art scene dominated by identity politics. He talks to her about her preoccupation with childhood and play as expressed in a managerie of toy-like creatures and the notion of ‘home’ to which she frequently returns in her work.
Screening Event: 10th March
Body Weather is a new film by Stine Marie Jacobsen, commissioned by Radar as part of its Risk Related project. It draws on workshops which Jacobsen hosted in collaboration with the neuroscientist Aleks Berditchevskaia, in which participants were invited to describe both perceptual imaginaries and visceral reactions in response to an uncertain threat. Drawing on these ‘naive’ descriptions, the film develops a prototype visceral visual and verbal language to convey the perceptual experience of risk. Privileging situated, embodied understanding, the work questions the ‘objectivity’ of risk assessment, and asks questions about how we interpret science in relation to everyday experience.
Exhibition Launch: 11th March
The theme for the tenth edition of FORMAT – the UK’s leading international photography festival – is Control.
Control can be passive, progressive and aggressive. Control can provide opportunities or suppress ambitions. It can be birth control, state control, border control, remote control, self-control, command and control. We can be in control, out of control, beyond control.
Founder and director of FORMAT Louise Fedotov-Clements, along with fellow FORMAT curators, Niamh Treacy, Laura O’Leary and Peter Bonnell, have curated the exciting festival programme featuring over 90 projects by artists, collectives and the mass participation Instagram event, inspired by Covid19, #massisolationFORMAT.
Talk: 12th March
The talk contributors will discuss creative responses to the community, the site, and modern green spaces for well-being.
Soft Estate, who are working towards building a sanctuary for collective experimentation and engagement, created a video When Permitted to Wander to accompany a series of workshops.