CAAKE: collaborative art & kinetic environments

Project by project we collaborate. Connecting the dots upon the expanding field of material culture, its transformative movements looking at new frames of identity and relationships to our changing social conditions. (-cross) (-trans) (-inter) disciplinary platforms are welcome to share and exchange experiences upon speculative perspectives with emphasis upon materiality, movement and environmental shifts.



at RVACC, 24 Main St, Limavady , N.IRELAND

29.04.17 – 24.06.17

BACKGROUND INFORMATION : how we came to be

CAAKE brought two visual artists, two makers and two performers from both Northern Ireland and England together during the City of Culture in Derry- Londonderry 2013. They formed through a series of catalyst sessions – as discussions and active workshops – with interests through their individual practices in materials, movement and memory at starting points. More over interest in processes that physically engaged and tap into our bodies and relationship materiality of person and place emerged.

The discussions that took place soon shifted to a place of concern which began to focus the group upon areas corporeality and the role of creativity in each of our own practices and lives. Themes on dislocation, loss, repetition, tracing, fragmented patterns, body memory, imprinting, configuration of the self, augmented environments, cartography and non-territories of the conscious mind were drawn from the original thinking upon materials, movement and memory.

Geographical separation left the group with time to pose deeper questions in relation to the themes and to form the premise of ‘Readings in Passage’ as a continued process of research and thinking in partnership with R-Space Gallery in Lisburn. http://www.rspacelisburn.com/

‘Readings in Passage’ in 2016 had three conceptual starting points: first, the project is started with a week-long residency reuniting the group at the top of the Sperrin Mountains – surrounding the Glenshane Pass-  one of the highest points in Ireland. Secondly, a think tank of discussions and active workshops interlaced the development of installation artworks and performative responses in gathering together our research experience, while working with public groups within the gallery and at local out centres with groups suffering with dementia conditions. Thirdly, a live one-night performance and installation presented as a culmination of the work and discussions that occurred over the course of exhibition programme.

The residency drew together predicaments of negotiating between the visual and the physical integrations, the material from the immaterial that arose during the project developments. Improvisation became the means of communication within the group, learning to ‘read’ each other, ‘read’ the environments and ‘read’ personal responses demanded a heighten concentration with an immediate commitment to the moment.

The remains of the project, the remains of the process become aftermath materials, now linked to a time and place, residues and markings of a space between people and actions.

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