Performances- Topophilia Kelder Projects

RADICAL VENTRILOQUISM:
ACTS OF SPEAKING FOR & SPEAKING THROUGH at KELDER PROJECTS, Islington, London
Guest Curator: Lee Campbell
12.03.20- 19.04.20 | 18.30–21.00

“KELDER Projects is a curatorial research space that aims to expand on traditional modes of display and in turn offer up alternative ways of disseminating contemporary art.

The purpose of the space is to test contemporary curatorial theories through experimental and discursive projects that seek to make sense of our contemporary position through research. By creating a place for discussion, KELDER acts as a collision point for interdisciplinary practice – a place for collaboration and exchange.”

KELDER was founded as a non-profit organisation by Rudi Christian Ferreira and Adrienne Groen in 2016 (https://kelderprojects.com/About)

PERFORMANCE ACTS
Thursday 2 April, 18:00–21:00
An evening of intimate performances by Claire Makhlouf Carter, Adrian Lee, Alexander Costello, Lee Campbell, Hällsten and O’Neill and Victoria Ahrens.

TOPOPHILIA

Topophilia (2020) : an (un)choreographed walk in the landscape. Photo etching plates and fragmented photographic images of a personal ethnography create prosopopaeic objects that shape our relationship to ‘place’ in this physical sound piece about deep time.

 

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Topophilia: from the Greek topos ‘place’ and philis ‘love of’ it denotes a strong sense of place or a love of certain aspects of such a pace/ or the affective bond between people and place or settings. First used by WH Auden English poet in 1947 in his introduction to John Betjemen’s book of poetry, ‘Slick but not Streamlined’. The word was then popularised by Yi-Fu Tuan, a Human Geographer, in his book Topophilia: A study of Environmental Perception, Attitudes and Values, published in 1974. Gaston Bachelard refers to ‘a felicitous space’ (1957). This performance is a mixture of song lyrics (I feel for You, I think I love you by Chaka Khan), stories, anecdotes, movement. It has been created virtually as a response to the work I was making for Kelder Projects’ Radical Ventriloquism exhibition/ programme of performances, and live work, curated by Lee Campbell. This is also a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, where your home is now the only ‘safe’ space available-a space we must learn to love, and find new meaning in. Also it refers to the longing for outdoor space that we all took for granted.

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I feel for You

I think I love you

 

 

Don’t Stand So close to me (Corona Chorus) (2020)

Sliding photographic prints, performance (1 minute)

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By victoriaahrens

My work is concerned with auratic translations, interpretation and fiction in our encounters with the landscape. I use photographic installations, projections and print editions to explore notions of the politics of place, resistance and ruin. I am interested in the spaces between what we know and what we think we know about the world, and have investigated these ideas in a series of installations and prints over the last few years.