Category Archives: This ‘Me’ of Mine Exhibition

The End (well almost)

Waving Goodbye to This 'Me' of Mine

L to R: Darren Nixon, Molly Behagg, Hayley Harrison, Hayley’s partner

The show is now closed, but in fact there will still be activity on the blog as I continue to post more images of artworks, evaluation info, book info and other things to finish out the project as a whole. It’s a very interesting thing for me to fully grasp that even though the show is closed, there are still aspects of the project which have yet to be completed and the blog is the place where this will transpire. The significance of this is only now sinking in, as odd as that may sound.

I equate curating with storytelling. Whether it’s telling the story of an artist’s work and vision, or telling the story of a larger cultural concept there is always a question of communication; often it is a question of how much information to give. There can be no communication without a common ground from which empathy happens. It was this common ground and empathy I hoped to reach in people visiting This ‘Me’ of Mine. I was very gratified to read a comment in the Art School guest book which expressed the visitor’s confusion at first, but given a little time looking, certain threads made themselves visible, threads which the visitor was able to follow and provided a way into a deeper understanding of the show. This is the way of communication in our media-saturated world; we have to choose our threads carefully now for a deeper understanding.

As I sit here writing this, I feel in a very odd place. Work which has consumed all my time and mental activity for the past two years is nearly finished. I am bereft and elated in the same breath. It is finished, yet I still have more work to do. This duality is a curious thing and it doesn’t feel ready to settle. I think this is a new reality too – we must navigate different temporal spaces simultaneously now and the tug can be as powerful as an undercurrent. Perhaps the trick is to swim across the current.

We’ve had a big viewing day today with nearly 50 visitors, 101 views and we’ve topped the 19,000 hits mark, all to see Arnold’s exhibition photographs. Stay with us, you’ll be interested to see all of the works in the expanded show for the Art School Gallery, and there are several book reviews in the works. Speaking of the book, it was lovely to meet Julie, a volunteer at the gallery. She was deeply engaged in reading the book while invigilating for the gallery and This ‘Me’ of Mine. I was pleased that Sarah Hervey was there with me on the last day of show, because the three of us had some very interesting discussions – which is what it’s all about.

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Final Four Weeks of This ‘Me’ of Mine

Installation view, Art School Gallery, Photo: A. Borgerth

Left to Right: Bird (c)2011 Suzanne de Emmony, Echo (c)2011 Lisa Snook, Untitled Nude (c)2011 Shireen Qureshi Photo by: A. Borgerth

If you haven’t yet seen the expanded This ‘Me’ of Mine exhibition at Ipswich Art School with guest artists Molly Behagg, Edward Chell, Suzanne de Emmony, Kate Elliott, Andrew Litten, Gary Mansfield, Helen Scalway, Lisa Snook, Jacqueline Utley, and Kai-Oi Jay Yung – these are the final four weeks of the show. One kind visitor filled out our “What Do You Think” questionnaire recently and had this to say:

I was much impressed with the work and I think particularly as I saw it first-hand rather than after following from a distance.  The scale or intimacy and presence of the different works is significant I think.

The space/s at Ipswich lend [themselves] well to much of the work as many of the pieces gain a certain impact, in terms of proximity to the viewer; impressing a certain . . . relation between what is ‘depicted’ or present and how the viewer assimilates or receivers what is there.

The premise of the show is very well conveyed both in terms of the selected artists work and in the methods of display and situation within the space.

The Holiday Season is here, a perfect time for a short trip to see the lovely Victorian Ipswich Museum and the wonderful atrium space of the Art School Gallery. I overheard one person say This ‘Me’ of Mine was the best show they’ve seen in the gallery. Come see why.

And of course, This ‘Me’ of Mine: Self, Time & Context in the Digital Age would make a great gift! The book showcases the full length interviews with artists, Anthony Boswell, Jane Boyer, Sandra Crisp, Annabel Dover, Hayley Harrison, Aly Helyer, Sarah Hervey, Cathy Lomax, David Minton, Kate Murdoch, Darren Nixon, Edd Pearman, Shireen Qureshi, David Riley and Melanie Titmuss, with essays by Paul O’Kane, Gen Doy, Becky Huff Hunter, David Houston Jones, Aiden Gregg, Catherine Horan and Jane Boyer. It also features a fairytale written for Annabel Dover by Carol Mavor!

The book is available from these online booksellers: Amazon, The Book Depository, and Barnes and Noble .

Hop to our BOOKSHOP to order direct.

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Identity in the Digital Age

Whilst I Breathe, I Hope (c)2011 Edd PearmanIf you follow @thismeofmine on Twitter or Facebook you may have seen these recent tweets:

Archiving & narcissism contain Freudian death drive – a link with digital communications? We’ll discuss @ThisMeofMine ow.ly/pTQ9p

What would it be like if mobile phones became the only evocative object in our lives? @ThisMeofMine symposium ow.ly/pWe4V

Invention of alphabet brought us here. Now we’re forgetting how to write thxs to digital communication. @ThisMeofMine ow.ly/pYpWb

“Electronic circuitry is recreating in us…’primitive’ space orientation…a world of allatonceness @ThisMeofMine ow.ly/pZkwC

These are some of the things we’ll be discussing at the symposium, Identity in the Digital Age, 2nd November. Are we facing a shift from individual identity to ‘mass’ identity? If we are what does that signal for our future and our children’s future? We hope you’ll join us for a fascinating discussion. Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite.


This 'Me' of Mine at Ipswich Art School Gallery. Photo: A. Borgerth

This ‘Me’ of Mine at Ipswich Art School Gallery. Photo: A. Borgerth

I’m hearing some positive reports from Ipswich. We’ve had 245 visitors just in the first 20 days of October and we’ve had some very nice comments like, “Nice variety of medium. Love the avatar interactive,” and “It’s nice to see people in paintings again”.  And I’m told lots of the local students from St. Mary’s school have enjoyed the exhibition too. It has been such a pleasure to develop some of the underlying themes by increasing the size of the show. Our interactive piece, Enigma, is popular too, it’s been wonderful watching people interact with it.

The unique space at Ipswich Art School with it’s ten galleries provided an opportunity to go from “telling stories” at Kaleidoscope Gallery to “writing chapters” at the Art School Gallery. Each of the galleries used for the exhibition, present a specific sub-theme to the main theme of This ‘Me’ of Mine, setting up ‘chapters’ in the story of This ‘Me’ of Mine. The unofficial favourite room, is what I call the ‘scary room’, it’s a room of interrupted childhood and gives me shivers every time I go in there. I’m looking forward to my return to Ipswich on 30th October.


This 'Me' of Mine: Self, Time & Context in the Digital Age book cover, (c)2013 Jane Boyer

This ‘Me’ of Mine: Self, Time & Context in the Digital Age book cover, (c)2013 Jane Boyer

And finally, the book, This ‘Me’ of Mine: Self, Time & Context in the Digital Age, is FINISHED and is in the very final stages of production before going to press. Very soon, it will be available for online orders. Stay tuned and I’ll have more news shortly!

We’ll have examples of the hard cover and soft cover editions at the symposium. Can hardly wait to see them!

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This ‘Me’ of Mine is open in Ipswich

This 'Me' of Mine text panel at Ipswich Art School Gallery

It’s amazing being at Ipswich Art School Gallery! The space is beautiful and having individual galleries within the one venue has given me the opportunity to explore more subjects within the overall theme.

Ipswich Art School sky light and balconyAs I said in a previous post, APT allowed for the visualisation and physical manifestation of ‘context’ in the project premise – ‘self in relation to context’ through the space given to the works. The space at Strange Cargo brought the works into personal proximity, meaning visitors were eye to eye with the pieces and experienced them within their own personal space. Kaleidoscope gave me a chance to make groupings and tell stories; stories of memory, loss and longing | age and nostalgia | social strictures and the demands of a global reality | psychology, physicality and the pervasiveness of the influence of time. In Ipswich, the space has allowed me make ‘chapters’ in the story of This ‘Me’ of Mine; chapters on lost objects and missing persons (Gallery 10), childhood interrupted (Gallery 7), the continuing saga of extreme population (Gallery 4), identity subdued, transformed and extinguished (Gallery 1) and so many others.

Kids interacting with EnigmaEnigma was a big hit, especially with the kids, who knew exactly what to do! It was lovely watching them drawing with the same carefree ease as if it was paper. There was one little girl who still wanted to draw on paper though and showed me the beautiful little characters she had drawn. Luis, Sandra and I were so pleased to see everyone enjoying the experience of making their avatars.

David Riley, Annabel Dover, Darren Nixon and I had an interesting ‘Artists in Conversation’ discussing irrationality. We discussed the gap between rationality and irrationality, the possibility that meaning comes from the irrational, and irrationality as displacement. Henrietta Thomas was with us again video taping so we’ll have that discussion soon. Arnold Borgerth has taken images of the installation in Ipswich and we’ll have more of his beautiful exhibition photographs too.

Andrew Litten's Paranoid Man with Red Car and gallery visitorsWe had a good turn out for the opening and several of the artists were there. It was great to meet Edward Chell, Jacqueline Utley, and David Riley in person. David and I have communicated with each other for a long time via various social media networks and it was fantastic to finally meet in person. It was lovely to see Hayley Harrison, Sandra Crisp, David Minton, Annabel Dover, Darren Nixon, Lisa Snook Gary Mansfield, Suzanne de Emmony and Molly Behagg again. This ‘Me’ of Mine has been energized by the work of all the guest artists and further works by the original artists. The expansion of the show is wonderful and it’s been a real privilege to work with these artists’ works. If you haven’t had a chance to see the show yet or even if you have, I encourage you see it in Ipswich, it’s well worth the train trip.

A reminder, coming up on Wednesday, 25th September is my curator talk, How do I read this? See the TICKETS page for more information on how to book a space.

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Invitation to This ‘Me’ of Mine at Ipswich Art School Gallery

Join us 21st September for the opening of This ‘Me’ of Mine at Ipswich Art School, a venue of Colchester+Ipswich Museum. The exhibition has been expanded for the Art School Gallery  and presents 60+ works by 25 artists. You can find out more about the artists who are joining the show on the GUEST ARTISTS page. All of the original This ‘Me’ of Mine artists are adding new work to the show too and it will be a wonderful opportunity to see more of their work in one presentation. Read more about the upcoming talks on the SYMPOSIUM DATES AND OTHER INTRIGUING TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION post, and you can find ticket information on the TICKETS page.

We hope to see you there!

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Visualplanet & ENIGMA

Visualplanet touchfoil logo

I’m so pleased to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Cambridge business, Visualplanet™ for the supply of their touchfoil™ integrated into a mirror screen display for the creation of a special work of art called Enigma for This ‘Me’ of Mine at Ipswich Art School Gallery. The visualplanet touchfoil™ is a micron thin film touch sensor that can sense a touch or multiple touches through glass. Primarily used in interactive information kiosks, like at the National Theatre in London, Visualplanet™ is joining with us to explore the possibilities for the application of the touchfoil™ in a work of art.

Read the full press release.


ENIGMA

Enigma Demo 5, (c)2013 Sandra Crisp

Early Design Sketch, (c)2013 Sandra Crisp

Enigma will be a collaborative adventure between This ‘Me’ of Mine exhibiting artist, Sandra Crisp, creative programmer, Luis Marques, and myself. It will be a fully interactive artwork where visitors can draw gestures on the touchfoil™ screen to create a personal avatar.

Here is a snippet from communications between Sandra and me during the conceptualisation of Enigma:

——– Original Message ——–
From: Sandra
Date: Wed, July 10, 2013 1:12 pm
To: Jane
Other option- is to allow the program to generate painted/ graphic marks/ avatars- not use our imagery as such but use them instead as a basis to design various gestures, shapes to construct the program

I know there are ways of using pre-existing images because that’s how I did climate collager but it maybe more interesting if the marks are generated by the program- what do you think? Like an automated/generative drawing program
—– Original Message —–
From: Jane
To: Sandra
Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:19 PM
Yes, that could be quite interesting. It sounds like that could be heavy programming, do you think?
——– Original Message ——–
From: Sandra
Date: Wed, July 10, 2013 1:53 pm
To: Jane

My thinking with putting the avatars on a kind of network structure or grid etc is that people can see their individual avatar as part of a group identity. It also nicely gets around the fact they can’t print them (I don’t think that needs to happen anyway for the piece to be interesting or relevant btw)
—– Original Message —–
From: Jane
To: Sandra
Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 1:46 PM
Yes, think my previous email answered this too. There doesn’t have to be a paper element, just something to think about.
Yes, definitely like collecting all the avatars into a larger group identity. I have a suspicion we might find it ends up looking like a giant QR code, especially in the print form.
——– Original Message ——–
From: Sandra
Date: Wed, July 10, 2013 3:07 pm
To: Jane

Giant QR code could be coool. Partic if it is a 3D object/ cube that you can rotate in space and examine
all the avatars that make it up.
—– Original Message —–
From: Jane
To: Sandra
Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 2:16 PM
Way coool. I hadn’t thought of a 3D object of avatars. It might be cool to do 3D printing, but I think that would have to be entirely outside TMoM and at a later date.
I really love the idea that a work for TMoM might spark a whole other work/exhibition – ‘distributed practice’ indeed.

—– Original Message —–
I agree, on both counts :))


Luis Marques

Luis Marques photoProgramming whiz, Luis Marques, is going to make all this happen. I was completely amazed by everything Luis was suggesting in our first meeting about the project. He has developed his work in recent years for various fields, such as software for real time performances, generative composition in music, graphical environments for electronic music performance, interactive installations, and sound design for video.

Luis is currently developing a project for Contemporary Music. At the same time, he develops its software in audio, which aims to address the manipulation and creation of sounds in real time. He also develops software for creating rhythmic patterns which is based on generative algorithms and induction of their behaviour by its user. Find out more about Luis’ work here.

Thanks so much to Visualplanet™ for making all this possible and thanks to Sandra and Luis for what promises to be a fascinating collaboration!

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Ipswich Dates

CIMs Logo I’m so pleased to announce our dates for the final venue of the This ‘Me’ of Mine tour – Ipswich Art School Gallery at Colchester and Ipswich Museum Services. The guest artists have been invited, works have been selected, curatorial plans are sent and preparations are under-way! On behalf of all the artists and Colchester+Ipswich Museum, we hope you will join us for the expanded This ‘Me’ of Mine exhibition and a broadened exploration of identity in relation to the context of our digital age.

Experience, (c)2013 Shireen QureshiExhibition Dates:
21st September 2013 to 5th January 2014

Opening:
Saturday 21st September, 2 to 5pm

Artists in Conversation:
2 to 3pm the afternoon of the opening

Guest Artists:
Molly Behagg
Edward Chell
Kate Elliott
Suzanne de Emmony
Andrew Litten
Gary Mansfield
Helen Scalway
Lisa Snook
Jacqueline Utley
Kai-Oi Jay Yung

See GUEST ARTISTS
page for more info.

Artists:
Anthony Boswell
Jane Boyer
Sandra Crisp
Annabel Dover
Hayley Harrison
Aly Helyer
Sarah Hervey
Cathy Lomax
David Minton
Kate Murdoch
Darren Nixon
Edd Pearman
Shireen Qureshi
David Riley
Melanie Titmuss

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The Study of Peter Pan, Untitled 8, (c)2013 Kate Elliott

The Way He Liked Me to Look, (C)2011-2013 Cathy Lomax

The Way He Liked Me to Look, (C)2011-2013 Cathy Lomax

Oh that’s lovely news, I’d be delighted to exhibit in This ‘Me’ Of Mine.  I thought the show at APT was extremely poignant, Cathy Lomax’s piece still twinkles in my memory. The show is going from strength to strength, it’s brilliant!

Lisa Snook

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Videos, Photos and Books

This 'Me' of Mine: Self, Time & Context in the Digital Age book cover, (c)2013 Jane Boyer

This ‘Me’ of Mine: Self, Time & Context in the Digital Age book cover, (c)2013 Jane Boyer

My return home to France has seen almost non-stop activity. I’ve been working on finalising the manuscript for This ‘Me’ of Mine: Self, Time & Context in the Digital Age, and trying to control a very errant and unruly index. Luckily, it’s all coming together and I hope to be finished soon. Xlibris will be publishing and promoting the book. Watch for more information coming soon on the book and details on ordering copies as well as booksellers where the book will be available. Here is a short excerpt from THE SCENE OF THE SELF by Paul O’Kane:

We are lost in a labyrinth of disputed realities, like Chuang Tzu the legendary Chinese philosopher who awoke dreaming he was a butterfly only to reflect that it was equally likely that he was a butterfly dreaming he was a man.

We might argue that, rather than losing us in a labyrinth of deceits, images rescue us from the folly of maintaining an established notion of reality. Once we relativise images of various kinds (those drawn from without, those drawn from within) we can live more vigilant, critical lives, monitoring and measuring our particular, shifting relationship between our particular, shifting images.

Nevertheless, a certain type of pumped-up, hyped and mendacious image, serving a particular purpose, today dominates our environment, and, by its very dominance unbalances any wise relativism. What is this kind of image and precisely what is its purpose? (Let’s return to the labyrinth).

Video still from This 'Me' of Mine: 'Artists in Conversation' at Strange Cargo

Video still from This ‘Me’ of Mine: ‘Artists in Conversation’ at Strange Cargo

Video still from This 'Me' of Mine: 'Artists in Conversation' at Strange Cargo

Video still from This ‘Me’ of Mine: ‘Artists in Conversation’ at Strange Cargo

Video still from This 'Me' of Mine: 'Artists in Conversation' at Strange Cargo

Video still from This ‘Me’ of Mine: ‘Artists in Conversation’ at Strange Cargo

We have our first Artists in Conversation video! I’m so pleased to have Henrietta Thomas filming the talks and creating the videos, she is doing a great job.Henrietta is a freelance Filmmaker with a background in Art and Design and a 1st Class BA Hons degree in Broadcast Production. Her films often take a sideways look at the world, twisting and reinventing reality in unexpected ways. Most recently her short film, ‘Day Off’, was selected & screened by the ‘Bang! Film Festival 2012’ as part of ‘Crash Bang Wallop’. Another, ‘WIN WIN’, was screened at ‘The Raindance Film Festival 2011′.View Henrietta’s work at: http://vimeo.com/user2022197http://bit.ly/M7KLScYou can see This ‘Me’ of Mine: ‘Artists in Conversation’ at Strange Cargo, Folkestone on the Strange Cargo page under VENUES in the navigation menu  or by clicking the link above. By the way, you can see the Left-Handed Bricklayer in the video as he made his way into the gallery and became part of the fabric of This ‘Me’ of Mine.
This 'Me of Mine at Strange Cargo, installation view 5. Photo Credit: A. Borgerth

This ‘Me of Mine at Strange Cargo, installation view 5. Photo Credit: A. Borgerth

Arnold Borgerth has been photographing This ‘Me’ of Mine in all the venues and providing us with beautiful archive images. He also photographed all the work for the book, no easy task as he had to do it in situe in Folkestone at Georges House Gallery. You can see his work and the growing archive of This ‘Me’ of Mine images on the APT Gallery and Strange Cargo pages under VENUES on the navigation menu or click the links above.  www.arnoldborgerth.com

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This ‘Me’ of Mine is open in Sevenoaks

This post was written Friday, May 17th the day after our opening in Sevenoaks, but due to preparing for my imminent return home to France, its publication was delayed.

This 'Me' of Mine opening at Kaleidoscope Gallery

This ‘Me’ of Mine is open in Sevenoaks! We had an enthusiastic group and a lively discussion of ‘space’ for the ‘Artists in Conversation’ at Kaleidoscope Gallery. Melanie Titmuss and David Minton discussed how space functioned in their work, but more importantly how they perceived their own space and how their responses to that space manifested in their work. For example, Melanie felt the most significant relationship to space in her painting, Woman with Cardigan, was in the actual anonymous encounter she experienced with the woman in the painting; the experience of occupying space and proximity with this individual.

Installation 2_lo resSeveral questions regarding space and curating were raised by our guests, questioning my decisions for placement of the works in the gallery space. These questions were particularly welcome because it gave me a chance to discuss some of the reasons and influences behind my decisions. I was very pleased to explain why I had chosen to place Shireen Qureshi’s Untitled Nude flush against the edge of a blacked-out window in the gallery.

David Minton denied any attempt to convey meaning in his work but many friends and fellow artists at the opening expressed feelings of contemplative spirituality when looking at his Peripherial Vision. I agreed and confirmed my decision to hang David’s piece high in a position suggestive of spiritual meditation for those very reasons. You’ll get to see some of these discussions soon. Henrietta Thomas is videotaping the ‘Artists in Conversation’ discussions and producing 20 to 30 minute clips.

This 'Me' of Mine installation at Kaleidoscope GalleryFor me, the challenge of re-curating and re-configuring the exhibition for each venue space has been immensely rewarding. I’ve had an opportunity to delve deep into these works and into the project premise exploring and developing many of the significant themes underpinning the project. Each venue has presented particular opportunities:

APT allowed for the visualisation and physical manifestation of ‘context’ in the project premise – ‘self in relation to context’ through the space given to the works.

The space at Strange Cargo brought the works into personal proximity, meaning visitors were eye to eye with the pieces and experienced them within their own personal space.

Kaleidoscope has given me a chance to make groupings and tell stories; stories of memory, loss and longing | age and nostalgia | social strictures and the demands of a global reality | psychology, physicality and the pervasiveness of the influence of time.

What awaits? The Art School Gallery at Colchester Ipswich Museum with 10 galleries on two floors surrounding a hexagonal atrium. This ‘Me’ of Mine in all that space!

Coming September 21st, 2013 to January 5th, 2014.

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We’re off to Sevenoaks!

What a trip it has been in Folkestone!

This 'Me' of Mine Installation at Georges House Gallery Photo: J. Boyer

This ‘Me’ of Mine Installation at Georges House Gallery Photo: J. Boyer

Folkestone has to be one of the coolest, funkiest towns in the UK. It has real soul and even though it has seen more prosperous times, it is clear the people who live here love their community and do their best to keep it alive and kicking – kick it does!

It has been such a pleasure inhabiting Georges House Gallery for the past month, Brigitte, Lucy and  Rachel of Strange Cargo, the film guys upstairs, Ewan & Peter, and belle Katie have been supportive, helpful and thoughtful – in short wonderful! Their efforts to bring in volunteer invigilators so I could have a few days break from the gallery was very gratefully received. Thanks so much to Simeon, Lauren and John who came in and tended shop for me. And Thank you to everyone who came to see This ‘Me’ of Mine. It was evident from the way visitors were asking questions, they were delighted and surprised to have an exhibition of this calibre come to Folkestone. Their kind and open reception to This ‘Me’ of Mine has made my stay here a very welcome one.

I hope very much to come back to Folkestone and work with Strange Cargo again.


We’re off to Sevenoaks!

This 'Me' of Mine invitaion to Kaleidoscope Gallery

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