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Gery Georgieva: UWU Channel Radiance

Gery Georgieva UWU Channel Radiance
UWU Channel Radiance

Gery Georgieva 

Cubitt Artists, 8 Angel Mews London N1 9HH +44 (0)20 7278 8226

Preview: Friday January 31, 2020, 6.30–8.30PM. 31 Jan – 2 Feb 2020

Everyone welcome.

OPEN February Sat 1st–Sun 2nd 12–6PM

Supported by Cubitt Artists, a custom algorithm has been produced in which to forecast the next phase of the organization’s archive. By inputting the past 30 years of Cubitt’s institutional history into a custom machine learning software, entirely new archive materials have been generated ranging from press releases to speculative artist bios up to the year 3000.

Responding to the data generated by the algorithm, Gery Georgieva presents UWU Channel Radiance, a multi-media installation of video and sculptural works. Loaded with historical and mythological motifs, Georgieva uses source material from European iconography, broadcast television, and nightclub culture to employ tropes from classical painting to contemporary popular culture as the archive embodied.

At the center of a hyper-saturated media wall, Georgieva appears as the inter-dimensional figure of the oracle. In the guise of a news-reader, she reads from an autocue script produced in collaboration with writer Vanessa Onwuemezi. The script employs Cubitt’s algorithm as a prompt, delivering multiple news headlines equally as random and poetic as the algorithm itself. Surrounding this is the configuration of videos plucked from the artist’s own media archive, all set to the soundtrack of an original musical composition by Naima Karlsson. Playful and cyclical in its execution, UWU Channel Radiance engages with archive in summoning the feminine prophets of our future.

UWU Channel Radiance is part of t he ongoing project Universal Work Unfinished which responds to research conducted by curator Julia Greenway and ongoing conversations with artist Gery Georgieva. The custom algorithm was developed in collaboration with Black Shuck, the UK based co-operative producing digital projects.

This exhibition is generously supported by Arts Council England and presented in partnership with Cubitt Artists and Goldsmiths University of London MFA Curating.

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Gery Georgieva (b. 1986 Varna, Bulgaria) is an artist based in London. Her work encompasses video, performance, multimedia installations and musical collaborations. Through a process of performative self-staging and improvisation, she uses the immediacy of her own body as material to consider the construction of taste, personal empowerment and cultural configuration. Recent projects include: Mending a Broken World (with Lenke Rothman), Sörmlands Museum, Nyköping; На Чешмата: At The Source , Palais De Tokyo and Block Universe, London; The Blushing Valley , Swimming Pool Projects, Sofia and PolytheneQueen, Hunter/Whitfield,London.HervideoworkshavebeenscreenedatWhitechapel Gallery, South London Gallery, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Royal Academy of Arts London, MOCA Cleveland, Ohio, Frieze Art Fair, London & Random Acts, Channel 4 amongst others.

Sadie Edginton sessions at 73 Mildmay Street

In December Sadie Edginton (Cubitt Community studio holder) has been working with residents at 73 Mildmay Street. As her practice Sadie is interested in personalising the sometimes generic decor of the care setting. Sadie has been running drop-in workshops with residents to create fabric collage sections which will be brought together into larger scale wall hangings in the new year. More to follow in 2020!

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Images: Marta Corada

Cubitt’s statement on paying artists’ fees

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In 2018/19 as part of the Structures That Cooperate programme Cubitt began a conversation with W.A.G.E. around how Cubitt as an artist run cooperative can establish sustainable economic relationships with artists invited into the public programme.

A discussion around Cubitt’s position on paying artists’ fees was raised at the AGM held November 26th 2019. Members were asked to vote on a declaration and process going forward in relation to Cubitt’s commitment to transparency and democratic control and accountability for the fees paid to artists invited into the Public Programme.

Cubitt artists voted at the 2019 AGM agreeing to make a public statement visible on www.cubittartists.org.uk committing that going forward Cubitt’s AGM will be used as an annual moment to declare and assess the fees paid to artists for all forms of labour in the Public Programme. This is a commitment to an active conversation of remuneration for cultural work.

From October 2018 Cubitt’s Public Programme committed to paying a minimum artist fee for exhibitions at £750, defining an artist’s fee from the work of W.A.G.E. as follows:

An Artist Fee is the expected remuneration for an artist’s temporary transactional relationship with an institution to provide content. An artist fee is not compensation for the labour or materials of making art and it is not intended as compensation for the content itself. Rather, it is for its provision.*

Time for research, the production of new work, workshop delivery, talks, events, screenings should be considered as separate transactional relationships.

Cubitt Artists voted to continue this commitment.

*https://wageforwork.com/certification

 

Premiere of ‘Love in Social Practice’ a Cubitt commission by Elsa James

Join us for the launch of a new film by Elsa James commissioned as part of Cubitt’s 3-year Going Places programme.

Saturday 7th December, 2-5pm  All Change 27 Dingley Pl, London EC1V 8BR

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Still from Love in Social Practice , Elsa James 2019

In 2018, through No Shortlists a project devised by Joshua Sofaer, Cubitt commissioned Elsa James to produce a film responding to the Arts Council and Baring Foundation-funded programme Going Places. Having joined workshops and events in the programme Elsa decided to focus her exploration on the role of Charlene Sandy, Creative and Outreach Coordinator at Cubitt who is the key connection between Ania Bas and Lucy Steggals and the participants they work with in each of their Going Places projects.

On Saturday 7th December from 2pm to 5pm we will launch Elsa’s film as part of a special event produced by our programme partners All Change. The event will include poems by All Change’s Silver Threads company of older people working with associate artists Francesca Beard and Leticia Valverdes, and impro performance with All Change’s Going Places Generations project in partnership with Performance Design students at Central St Martins.

Join us to celebrate the end of the Celebrating Age funded Going Places, and to look forward to new things in 2020!

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Thursday 28 Nov | 6.30–8.30pm

Free, book online 

An event to accompany Deborah Findlater’s exhibition Sacred Space with contributions from Derica Shields who will be in conversation with Findlater, followed by Saint Lov’ie reading excerpts from the zine Yam and Other Hard Food and a screening of Cycles, a film by Zeinabu irene Davis.

I and I expands on the themes & research behind the exhibition such as: how oneness manifests for Black Womxn, the balance between Western individualism & forms of communalism that are dependent on unequal labour and what it means to hold space for yourself internally & externally.

Cycles, Zeinabu irene Davis 1989 | 17 minutes.
Rasheeda Allen is waiting for her period. Drawing on Caribbean folklore, this exuberant experimental drama uses animation and live action to discover a film language unique to African American women. The multilayered soundtrack combines a chorus of women’s voices with the music of Africa and the diaspora-including Miriam Makeba, acappella singers from Haiti and trumpetiste Clora Bryant. Cycles is screened with thanks to Women Make Movies

Bios:

Zeinabu Irene Davis is a director and producer who has received numerous awards for her work with film and video. Born in 1961 in Philadelphia, she received a M.A. in African Studies in 1985 at UCLA, where she also earned her M.F.A. in Film and Television production in 1989. She has received acclaim for her representation of the African American female perspective through a variety of works, which include documentaries, short narratives and experimental films. Works include A Period Piece (1991), A Powerful Thang (1991), Mother of a River (1995) and Compensation (1999) continued to garner her awards from numerous organizations and festivals, including the Gordan Parks Award for Best Director from the Independent Feature Project. Her latest project, Spirits of Rebellion (2011), is a documentary work-in-progress which gathers fellow L.A. Rebellion filmmakers and explores topics in African American film.

Derica Shields is a writer, researcher and programmer from London. Her work has appeared in the New Inquiry, Rookie, Girls Like Us, Live Art Almanac, Flash Art and more. She is the co-founder of The Future Weird, a (now defunct) screening and discussion series centered on experimental, world-unravelling films. As part of a 2017 Triple Canopy commission, she is developing a multi-format oral history project centering on black people’s accounts of the UK welfare state. She is also working on a book project commissioned by Hannah Black for a new Book Works series

Georgina Johnson, who also goes by Saint Lov’ie is an artist and polymath whose practise spans curation, direction (creative/art direction) and filmmaking. Her work primarily explores legacy, memory, identity and wellbeing. Johnson works between mediums fluidly, moulding and applying her vision through sound, film, photography, installation and other means; most notably completing artist commissions for The Photographers’ Gallery and Now Gallery (2017-2018). Poetry and prose feature largely in her printed works as means to explore memory and present contemporary ideals around blackness and black life. She explores language through these mediums, in its many forms, through observatory means and socio-political ideologies. Johnson’s work with note-worthy cultural organisations, including The V&A, British Council, National Museums Scotland and The Design Museum is an expansion of her practise and outworking of her community interests and commitment towards opening up the creative industries. This is supported through her creative platform The Laundry – which is concerned with engaging with the curious, visionary and creatively courageous. @Saint_Lovie @thelaundryarts

Institute of Anything Summer School 2019

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During August 2019, young people from across Islington took part in Creative Tracks, a 12-day Institute of Anything Summer School, hosted by Central St Martin’s Archway. They produced GIFs, short films, zines, photography portraits, carnival masks and poetry. They also visited the ‘Get Up Stand Up Now’ exhibition at Somerset House and shared their skills with each other. A selection of their work is below.

Thanks to Ali, Aliya, Ela, Empress, Haajar, Henry, Iris, King, Lily, Mukhtar, Noura, Orla, Quinn, Rosa, Sam and Tom for taking part, and congratulations to those who gained an Arts Award.

The Summer School team were Ewelina Bartkowska, Paul Crook, Ciaran Frame, Anoushka Khandwala, Tharsini Mahendrakumar, Shepherd Manyika, Jiho Park and Dominik Slowik.

Visiting artists were Betsy Dadd, Stephanie Buttle, Belinda Zhawi, Levi Naidu-Mitchell, Gisela Torres and Soofiya.

Thanks to Islington Summerversity and Launchpad and Central St Martin’s for generously supporting the project.

Rosa, King, Iris

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Teachers CPD Programme: 11 by 11 Culture Bank

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As part of 11 by 11 Culture Bank, Cubitt have been commissioned by Islington Cultural Enrichment & School Improvement teams to develop and programme 12 creative CPD sessions for educators in Islington over the 2019 – 2020 academic year. The programme will culminate in a symposium in June 2020.

“Fun, concise and well presented, with fresh and easy-to-incorporate ideas for class,” Teacher from Into Film CPD session, October 2019

Teachers in Islington can book onto sessions via the Islington CS links below, or by emailing lydia@cubittartists.org.uk.

Upcoming sessions for EYFS and primary teachers include:

Approaches to Multi Sensory Learning and Teaching, with October Gallery
4:30 – 6:30pm, Wednesday 29th January
October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London, WC1N 3AL
Book on Islington CS.

Table-top Puppet Making, with Little Angel Theatre
4pm – 6pm, Wednesday 1st April
Little Angel Studios, Sebbon Street, London, N1 2EH
Book on Islington CS.

Creative Resilience & Philosophy for Children, with Cubitt Artists
4pm – 6pm, Wednesday 18th March
Cubitt Artists, 8 Angel Mews, N1 9HH
Book on Islington CS

Build your Drama Toolkit, with Hannah Joyce
4pm – 6pm, Wednesday 29th April
Venue TBC

Conversations in an Outdoor Setting, with Caledonian Clock Tower
4pm – 6pm, Wednesday 3rdJune
Caledonian Clock Tower

Save the Date: End of Year 1 Symposium
Friday 25th June

Previous sessions

Raising Literacy Attainment through Film, with Into Film
4pm – 6pm, Wednesday 18th October
St Mary Magdalene’s Academy

Create and Dance, with Royal Opera House 
Session 1: 4pm – 6.30pm, Tuesday 26th November
Session 2: 4pm – 6.30pm, Tuesday 3rd December
Hanover Primary School, Noel Road, London, N1 8BD

Details for sessions for secondary and special schools to follow.

11 by 11 Culture Bank is a free programme of CPD opportunities and resources which support Islington Council’s pledge that each child who goes to school in the borough experiences 11 outstanding cultural experiences by Year 11. For more information, contact lydia@cubittartists.org.uk.

 

Deborah Findlater: Sacred Space

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Preview: Thursday 14 November 2019, 6.30–8.30PM

15 Nov–15 Dec 2019

OPEN Wed–Sun 12–6PM

Sacred Space is a new commission by South-London based video artist and filmmaker Deborah Findlater.

New work exploring the healing power of touch and restorative rituals is presented across a multi-channel video installation, floor work and written text panels. Sacred Space asks how one preserves, protects & maintains themselves as part of a community? How the self functions in relation to others and what wholeness looks like for Black Womxn?

The works have developed from an auto-biographical position and positions shared that centre a politics of pleasure – pleasure in being made up, of getting one’s appearance tended to, as actions of intimacy, presence, power and sensuality. Whilst also thinking politically about the spaces where these acts and rituals happen, the home, the bedroom, the beauty salon.

Sacred Space sites its references with Black feminist practices, discourses and writing that investigate pleasure and erotics including Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown & Audre Lorde’s uses of the erotic, as political and social tools of resistance, subversion, and imagination.

Sacred Space continues Cubitt’s Structures That Cooperate programme curated by Louise Shelley, a 15 month series of exhibitions, events, workshops and research departing from Cubitt’s position as an artist run cooperative and how this can shape and support collective concerns as cultural workers.

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Deborah Findlater is a video artist and filmmaker from South London. She is drawn to working with montage, installation and found footage in order to dissect the construction of narrative. Also a writer and DJ, her work takes on poetic qualities through its rhythmic use of voice, words and sound. Thematically, she is committed to exploring issues surrounding working class Blackness in Britain and Black Womxnhood. She is currently studying MA Experimental Film at Kingston School of Art and a member of London based QTIPOC led sound system Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.).

https://cargocollective.com/deborahfindlater

diagram credit: ‘Rewriting the Rules’ by Meg Barker

Going Places Festival October 2019

Going Places was a series of workshops and events which took place at Cubitt and off-site in community and public spaces as part of a programme exploring engaged practice, delivered in partnership with All Change.
For more information on the programme download the festival here

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Image: Ania Bas

Still Life

Wednesday 2 Oct

Residents at Duval House hosted an afternoon of drawing and conversation with friends and members of the public. Visitors were invited to draw portraits and to sit for them with group members, accompanied by soundtrack devised by Mary, one of the residents. Ania Bas has been working with residents at Duval House for the past two years through a partnership developed with the Home Library Service.

 

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Image: Esther Collins

Artist in Time

Thursday 03 October

Chris Fite-Wassilak and artist Anne Tallentire talked through randomly-ordered images of artworks made throughout Anne’s career in making sculpture, performance and film work. Through playful discussion Anne and Chris took a non-linear look  at revolving themes and ideas over time.

Fite-Wassilak is the author of the forthcoming publication the Artist in Time (Bloomsbury, 2020), which features visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, dancers and writers from across the UK, including Tallentire alongside Frank Bowling, Wendy Cope, Ken Loach, Ralph Steadman and others.

Anne Tallentire is a London-based artist working with moving image, sculpture, installation, performance and photography, exploring the systems that control the built environment, affect displacement and shape the economics of labour. recent solo exhibitions include the Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, 2018, and a forthcoming exhibition at the MAC, Belfast, in August 2020.

 

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Image: Sadie Edginton

Block Party

Wednesday 09 October 4.30- 7.30pm

Both Cubitt and Going Places project partners All Change work regularly at The Mildmays- three Extra Care housing schemes located in the heart of Islington.  During this afternoon/ early evening event Sadie Edginton, who has a Cubitt Community Studio invited residents and members of the public to have tea and draw and collage together in a making/ talking session. Joshua Sofaer led performative tours of his studio and collection of cast noses. All Change artists Francesca Beard and Letitia Valverdes invited residents and visitors to a poetry and movement session, and residents, staff, artists and members of the public all danced together to All Change DJ Tony Nwachukwu.

 

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Image : Kadeem Oak

If We Speak of Remarkable Things

Wednesday 16 October

Nine artists: Ania Bas, Francesca Beard (All Change Associate Artist), Sadie Edginton, Hayley Harrison, Fox Irving, Benjamin A Owen, Charlene Sandy, Joshua Sofaer and Lucy Steggals talked about their commissioned work with older people in community or care settings. Audience members joined a discussion about why we work with older people, what the most urgent issues are in this realm of work and what we hope for in the future.

 

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Image: Charlene Sandy

Saturday Social

Saturday 19 October

Cubitt’s Saturday Socials group hosted a public event and workshop with Lucy Steggals in Studio 5 at Cubitt. The group displayed artworks made together over the past few months, and invited visitors to join them using oranges, pegs, eggs and Honesty to make individual and collaborative art works and share ideas.

 

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Image: Esther Collins

Collective Memory

Residents from Ash Court and Duval House (both sheltered accommodation sites) who have been working with Ania Bas for the past 3 years hosted a visit to Tate Britain open for members of the public. We had tea and cake, spent some time  in the William Blake exhibition and then worked with Ania to create Blake-inspired collage poems, using that day’s copies of The Metro.

Deborah Findlater: Sacred Space

 

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Preview: Thursday 14 November 2019, 6.30–8.30PM

15 Nov–15 Dec 2019

OPEN Wed–Sun 12–6PM

Sacred Space is a new commission by South-London based video artist and filmmaker Deborah Findlater.

New work exploring the healing power of touch and restorative rituals is presented across a multi-channel video installation, floor work and written text panels. Sacred Space asks how one preserves, protects & maintains themselves as part of a community? How the self functions in relation to others and what wholeness looks like for Black Womxn?

The works have developed from an auto-biographical position and positions shared that centre a politics of pleasure – pleasure in being made up, of getting one’s appearance tended to, as actions of intimacy, presence, power and sensuality. Whilst also thinking politically about the spaces where these acts and rituals happen, the home, the bedroom, the beauty salon.

Sacred Space sites its references with Black feminist practices, discourses and writing that investigate pleasure and erotics including Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Maree Brown & Audre Lorde’s uses of the erotic, as political and social tools of resistance, subversion, and imagination.

Sacred Space continues Cubitt’s Structures That Cooperate programme curated by Louise Shelley, a 15 month series of exhibitions, events, workshops and research departing from Cubitt’s position as an artist run cooperative and how this can shape and support collective concerns as cultural workers.

 

 

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Deborah Findlater is a video artist and filmmaker from South London. She is drawn to working with montage, installation and found footage in order to dissect the construction of narrative. Also a writer and DJ, her work takes on poetic qualities through its rhythmic use of voice, words and sound. Thematically, she is committed to exploring issues surrounding working class Blackness in Britain and Black Womxnhood. She is currently studying MA Experimental Film at Kingston School of Art and a member of London based QTIPOC led sound system Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S.).

https://cargocollective.com/deborahfindlater

 

diagram credit: ‘Rewriting the Rules’ by Meg Barker

If We Speak of Remarkable Things: Going Places 2019

Going Places is a series of workshops and events taking place at Cubitt and off-site in community and public spaces as part of a programme exploring engaged practice, delivered in partnership with All Change.

Since 2017 Cubitt’s Education Curator Esther Collins has been working with invited groups and artists to explore the development of creative practices over time and in response to context and site.

 

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Installation of Going Along Without a Body Benjamin A Owen 2018

If We Speak of Remarkable Things

Wednesday 16 October 3 – 6pm

Cubitt Gallery

Nine artists: Ania Bas, Francesca Beard, All Change Associate Artist, Sadie Edginton, Hayley Harrison, Fox Irving, Benjamin A Owen, Charlene Sandy, Joshua Sofaer and Lucy Steggals meet at Cubitt to talk about their commissioned work with older people in community or care settings.

Who have they met and made work with? What did they learn about themselves and how they make art? Who and what inspired them? Who do they admire, and what do they aspire to next?

Booking: via eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/if-we-speak-of-remarkable-things-tickets-72542896757

 

 

Follow this link to the full festival line up: GoingPlacesFestivalLeaflet

This programme comes out of our three-year Celebrating Age programme Going Places in partnership with All Change.

Celebrating Age is funded through Arts Council and Baring Foundation

 

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UVWCulture and Design Workers Union Meeting #1

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If you work in art, graphic design, fashion design, filmmaking, curation, editing or writing or ANY type of creative or cultural work, including arts administration and technician work, join us to discuss how we can fight against:

Unfair wages in our sector/s
Illegal unpaid internships
Unpaid overtime
Work-related stress and burnout
Rampant exploitation by institutions and bosses
Precariousness of freelance or temporary work in our sector/s

We are intentionally keeping our definition of creative employment as loose as possible, and recognise that art workers might have multiple jobs :)

All are welcome to plan our next steps. For more info and how to join

The venue is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you have specific access requirements or would like to reserve a seat.

Please register your attendance here, so we can have an idea of numbers.
FAQs

WHAT DOES A UNION DO?
A Union represents you in a dispute using experienced legal case workers. In the UK, you may be able to receive back-payment of unpaid wages (i.e. if you did an unpaid internship), unpaid sick pay, or unpaid holiday pay for up to 6 years. A Union is not just for when help is needed, but can offer other types of support such as advice, training, and education.

WHAT IS UNITED VOICES OF THE WORLD?
United Voices of the World (UVW) is “a members-led, campaigning trade union of mainly migrant & precarious workers.” unions like UVW are addressing current changes in employment – including the rise of zero-hours contracts and precarious work – head-on. Working with historically ‘hard to organise’ people, perhaps working alone in geographically dispersed locations, they respond quickly to fight injustices, and are actively shaped by the needs of their membership as they develop. It is an English and Spanish speaking union. It recently became non-hierarchically organised, with members electing to do away with executive roles.

WHY NOW?
As a working group within Evening Class, we have been having conversations about unhealthy working practices that we observe within the graphic design ‘industry’. Creative work is routinely dissociated from labour, often through employers and clients misunderstanding what constitutes ideation and production. All of which contributes to what we view as worsening conditions. Unionising now offers a much needed opportunity to amplify our shared grievances and articulate cooperative demands.

HOW DO I JOIN THE GROUP?
Join UVW, come to our next meeting, and join our discord online chat (members only).
Membership of the union is £6 to £10 a month depending on income.

WHAT IF I DON’T LIVE IN LONDON OR THE UK?
We can still keep you up to date with our plans, sign up to our mailing list. We are keen to connect to other individuals and groups organising cultural workers in the UK, international collaborators, and to spread awareness of similar schemes worldwide, so please get in touch.

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