interAction(s) shared between Rachael Disbury and Liam Dunn, 28th February – 8th March.
Today, Viv and I gave a talk to a group of curators visiting from South East Asia, hosted by the British Council.
We introduced our Relics of Attachment project and discussed the opportunities the curatorial team has provided us. It was interesting to talk with the group and compare art schools and curatorial programmes.
Talking about art and projects has become a lot easier than it used to be. Perhaps I’m starting to know what I’m talking about.
After the talk, we took down Relics of Attachment. The show is no more. But I’m so very proud of all we achieved with the project.
I met Jonathan Baxter a few weeks ago during his ‘Post-Mortem’ residency at Generator. I cannot begin to describe the exhibition space he inhabited. A collectors haven, would be a start. A life size archive of… well as far as I could see, everything. Including the nothings we often disregard. There were boxes of broken eggshells and drawers of used packaging, assemblages of bone parts and discarded tea bags. I found it fascinating.
Jonathan and I got talking and while rummaging through his space we came across a box the artist had acquired some years ago. Jonathan passed this box onto me and so it was that ‘Memories I No Longer Need’ came to be an artwork included in the current exhibition I am curating, ‘Relics of Attachment Part II’.
This chance meeting led to another string to the Relics bow. Jonathan and I arranged for Pete Kinnear and himself to conduct a discussion to accompany the exhibition.
The title the box was given when it became an artwork was ‘Memories I No Longer Need’ with the description attached, “an exchange of archives from Pete Kinnear to Jonathan Baxter, from Jonathan Baxter to Rachael Disbury, from Rachael Disbury to Relics of Attachment.”
The conversation was attended by 23 artists. It became a very animated hour or so. A particularly fond moment involved Pete unpacking a ball of twine from the box. Jonathan attached this to his coffee mug and threw it into the audience. Within 5 minutes the entire audience was intertwined.
Huge thanks are due to Jonathan and Pete for providing a very enjoyable afternoon. I am very proud of all the time and energy invested in the Relics of Attachment project.
‘Relics of Attachment Part I’ is an exhibition I’ve been organising with some fellow Student Curatorial Team members. It features a collection of artwork inspired by the concept of nostalgia and sentimental objects.
Tonight was the introduction to this project. There was a lot of footfall, a lot of interest, and generally a good feeling all round.
Take a look at our work.
RELICS OF ATTACHMENT PART I
A – Lucas Battich, Amsterdam Lelylaan Schiphol // Edinburgh Glasgow
B – Lisa Gordon, Promises Light
C – Vivienne Russell, Five Seasons
D – Cathy O’Brien, Empty Packages
E – Rachael Disbury, Everything I know about him
This project took a lot of time and planning but I feel our work is paying off. I love the buzz of all this organising. Curating ain’t so bad.