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Performance Lecture and Drinks Reception: Wednesday 19 February, 5.30 - 8.30pm
Booking essential - reserve a free place here
As Wimbledon College of Arts enters a period of reorganisation and structural change to provide a rich, integrated approach to making performance, site-specific artists Forster & Heighes establish a base station from which to conduct an active and eclectic survey of the educational landscape.
Via eye vane, foot plate and baseline; chain, prism and pole, they will plot not only how the college buildings function practically, but also how they position themselves in the minds and imagination of staff, students, and visitors, and how less tangible factors concerning atmosphere, materiality and spatial dynamics might offer up a more provocative set of coordinates from which to navigate a course of study.
Deliberately slow to find their bearings, obtuse in angle, and uncertain in their setting out, the artist-surveyors will, through the use of film, text and structural intervention, recalibrate the senses of location awareness and directional finding - a fluid, playful, reconnaissance that will incorporate not only benchmarks, supervision and gradation, but error, inaccuracy, slackness and variation too.
'On the Hoof' - Speculation in Unimagined Space
A performance lecture by Ewan Forster & Christopher Heighes
Wednesday 19 February
5.30pm: Drinks Reception, Theatre Foyer/Reception
6pm: Performance Lecture, Theatre
7 - 8.30pm: Private View, Wimbledon Space
As part of a larger ongoing research project into the relationship between architectural design, creativity and learning, site-specific artists Forster & Heighes present a live 'quantitative survey' of the educational landscape of Wimbledon College of Arts. 'On the Hoof' - Speculation in Unimagined Space is a performance companion to their most recent installation Trig Point 51.4134° N, 00.2115° W (Wimbledon Space, February 3 - 25, 2020) and draws on a series of anecdotal waypoints plotted over nearly thirty years of peripatetic ad-hoc research and compositional practice. In its first iteration 'On the Hoof' explores the relationship between primary and ancillary space within the creative institution - between studio and store-room, laboratory and boiler house, workshop and water tower. Using film, field notes, 'mocked-up' construction techniques and a pair of antique Gunter's chains, Forster & Heighes begin to mark out the unimagined boundaries of a new model of creative provision; a geomantic prospectus for the material and spatial resourcing of the contemporary creative academy.
This event is free. Please reserve a free place for On the Hoof here.
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Image: Forster & Heighes, Trig Point 51.4134° N, 00.2115° W.