OCTOBER - NOVEMBER // TAKING HOLD – THE DOUBLE BRIDGE

LED BY PHOEBE DAVIES
EVENTS HELD IN COLLABORATION WITH KUNSTNERNES HUS


RESIDENCY DATES //  13 OCTOBER - 10 NOVEMBER 2018

 

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All struggles
Are essentially
power struggles,
And most
are no more intellectual
than two rams knocking their heads together.

From the Parable of the Sower, Octavia E Butler

 

Taking Hold – The Double Bridge will explore and question the ways that solidarity, competition and antagonism find physical expression in social relationships.

Performance for camera will be used by Phoebe Davies as a tool to test the spoken and unspoken rules of public bodily contact: for instance, in greetings, contact sports or on the dance floor. The process will be underpinned by Davies’ personal research into power dynamics, plus her collaborative enquiry into the concept of ‘pack mentalities’ and intersectional perspectives with performer and choreographer Nandi Bhebhe, as Bhebhe&Davies. 

During the residency, Davies plans to work on a series of filmed and photographed performances. She invites interested members of the residency group to get involved in whatever aspects of the work connect to their own practices: for example, in performance to camera, staging, filming, related critical discussion, or all of these.

Residents will join Davies and a community of internationally and locally based practitioners. They will have scope to develop self-led projects; to participate in group activities, visits, and discussions, and to learn about and support each other’s practices. The residency will start with introductions, group discussion and the identification of individual and collective goals and working methods: these may include staged performances, off-site filming, critical discussions, listening sessions, film screenings, zine making, group walks and runs and movement workshops. Davies’s collaborator Nandi Bhebhe will join the group to co-lead a research weekend investigating the politics and dynamics surrounding how we physically occupy social space.

Participating residents are expected to be present and engaged throughout the residency, and the group will come together at least two days a week for focused peer-to-peer research. Participants will be invited to make an informal introductory presentation of their work to the rest of the group and members of the public. A series of public events will function as focus points for the residency and open up its dialogues to a wider audience. Elements of the residency will involve physical activity, but these will be optional and participating residents will be free to determine their own level of involvement.


ABOUT PHOEBE DAVIES //

Phoebe Davies is a Welsh artist and researcher, presently based at Somerset House Studios in London. Her practice investigates people’s perceptions of their social framing, and she frequently uses collaboration, collective action and Do It Together strategies to make work with individuals, groups and communities.

Through her work Davies often finds herself referencing and exploring collaborative models of working across different social and cultural sectors. Recently, she has investigated ideas taken from areas as disparate as basketball, feminist organisation, science fiction and methods of organic farming.

Recent projects have led  her to work with sex educators, secondary school students, elderly residents in care homes, sports teams and DJs as well as art spaces and institutions, including Tate Britain and Tate Modern (London), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), Fierce Festival (Birmingham), South London Gallery (London), Wysing Arts Centre (London), Steirischer Herbst (Graz, AUT), Assembly (Portland, USA) and SA-UK SEASONS 2015 (Johannesburg, ZA).

The final forms of Davies’s work are project dependent, and have included live performances, video, audio, print works and constructed social spaces. She currently co-facilitates three research groups: Bedfellows, a radical sex re-education research project; Synaptic Island, a London-based womxn and non-binary DJ collective; and Art is Action, a UK-based social practice research group. In 2015 she was awarded the British Council’s Social Practice Fellowship for the International Cultural Exchange U.S.Program, and she is currently supported by Syllabus III, an UK-wide alternative peer-led learning programme for artists.
 

ABOUT KUNSTNERNES HUS //

Events for this residency are held in collaboration with Kunstnernes Hus. Established in 1930, it is Norway's largest gallery under the direction of artists. Kunstnernes Hus serves as major center for exhibitions of Norwegian and international contemporary art.

THE RESIDENTS //

PRAKSIS would like to offer its sincere gratitude to Dana Høegh for her support of this residency.


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