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Capturing the “REAL” – in response to the ‘subject’

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Capturing the “REAL” – in response to the ‘subject’

Opening: 07/02/15 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Free

Capturing the “REAL”, invites artists, policy makers, curators and audience members to participate in an experimental round table discussion exploring the space between ‘observation’, ‘interaction’ and ‘intervention’.

Drawing from practices including field recording, photography, public engagement and data collation, this symposium will use a participatory format to encourage a wide discussion captured through live transcription, images and sound. Recordings made on the day will be used to create a series of ‘episodes’ for broadcast and future research. All participants will be credited. A series of short interludes of artist’s work will stimulate discussion on the themes covered during the day.

Featuring contribution from artists throughout the day including Jack JamesBarby AsanteTom WhiteKevin LoganLee Ashton (Beat This), isik.knutsdotter, and Mark Peter Wright.

Find a detailed event schedule below for more information about the day.

Capturing the “REAL” is curated by Jack James’ as part of his artist residency with Metal in Peterborough where he created Temporary Local Broadcast during July/August 2014, which used recorded conversations on the Lincoln Road to create a new sound work, broadcast as part of a shared ‘tuning in’ performance event at Peterborough Arts Festival.

Places are limited so please book early. To book email ruth@metalculture.com or follow this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/capturing-the-real-in-response-to-the-subject-tickets-14972719808

For practitioners based outside of Peterborough a number of bursaries are available to cover travel and expenses to attend. These are available by application. To apply please send you CV including links to relevant work and a short statement (250 words max) explaining your interest in attending the event to ruth@metalculture.com by 1 February 2015.

Symposium Schedule, Co-chaired by Barby Asante and Jack James

12:00pm: Reception, tea and coffee available

12:10pm: Replaying of a conversation between Ansar Ali and Jack James broadcast on Peterborough’s Radio Ramadan during July 2014 followed by a first screening of a short film documenting the Temporary Local Broadcast shared tuning in performance.

12:20pm: Welcome from Mark Richards, Director Metal in Peterborough

12:30pm: Informal participatory performance piece, New Conventions for Public Speaking by Jack James requiring listening and talking.

12:40pm: Discussion 1       Say Hello – How do you introduce your project and yourself?

13:00pm: Screening of a short film documenting Public Address by Tom White, a 10 channel, site-specific sound installation for Southampton Way estate in South East London commissioned by South London Gallery. Tom recently received the British Composer of the Year Award 2014 for Public Address. Following the screening there will be a short Q&A with the artist.

13:10pm: Discussion 2        In Response to the Subject – How do you use an image or a recording once it’s made?

13:30pm: Lunch Provided

2:00pm: Performance of a new work by Kevin Logan commissioned for Capturing the “REAL”. Re-telling ‘I & I Event’ (redux), examines the mediation of ‘liveness’ through performance presentation feature two video works for hand held devises.

2:10pm: Discussion 3          Making a Recording – How does the method of recording affect the product?

2:30pm: A shared listening to an excerpt from Lee Ashton’s personal Audio Journal created for Hoarding curated by Metal in Peterborough.

2:40pm: Discussion 4          Sharing myself – How to represent yourself in your work?

3:00pm: Break, tea and coffee available

3:15pm: isik.knutsdotter contribute a performance of ´the collective tongue´ as part of their on going traveling collection. The audial experience will allow participants to form a collective social imagination.

3:25pm: Discussion 5           Capturing the “REAL” – What is possible?

3:45pm: Mark Peter Wright contributes a final action to the day.



Jack James is an artist interested in events, happenings and the role of technology and media. His practice includes installation, performance and often features domestic audio technologies, (re)positioned to explore their relationship with people. He is a member of the artists’ collective thickear and has been artist-in-residence at Metal in Peterborough since January 2014. Jack is also part of the education team at South London Gallery where he programmes and delivers projects on housing estates local to the gallery.

Tom White (b.1986) is an artist currently based in London. His work traverses multi-media platforms including sound, experimental film and video, installation and live performance. Recent projects include commissions from South London Gallery, LUX Moving image, My Dance The Skull, MK Gallery & Spill Festival of Performance.

Kevin Logan’s cross-disciplinary practice comprises performance, installation, digital media and sound composition/design. He has exhibited and performed internationally and has had audio-visual works screened in festivals worldwide. His current work explores the performative nature of the sonic through gesture and event, engaging contested notions of agency and ‘liveness’. Kevin is currently a PhD candidate with the CRiSAP research centre, LCC, University of the Arts London. www.kevinlogan.co.uk

Lee Ashton is co-founder and Director of Beat This. He is a producer, writer, and artist of dance music, with over six years experience as a freelance Music Practitioner working on diverse projects throughout Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. He works extensively with young people, special needs groups and The Prince’s Trust Excel Programme and in an Arts Award Adviser.

isik.knutsdotter produce Fourthland as an ongoing project. Their research interests include architecture in social and built environments, the role of language and questions of collectivity. The Research-led works primarily involve public space with long-term collaborations, using objects and performance as process.

Projects include a series of long-term works on London Estates, forming public-space-with public creation alongside investigations into the role of performance as an Interruption to thought. These interruptions have been exhibited widely, recently at Cities Methodologies 2013/2014 and a commission for the South London Gallery Local in 2014. During 2015 work will be seen at PEER Gallery, Bergen Academy of Arts and Errant Bodies Berlin.

Mark Peter Wright is an artist critically exploring the relationship between humans, animals, environments and their associated technologies of ‘capture’. He exhibits across a range of media and has installed and performed work for various sites, galleries and publishers including: Art Licks, Centre for Creative Collaboration, Corbel Stone Press, Flat-Time House, GV Art, Interference Journal, Museum of Contemporary Art Rome, Musicworks, New York Public Library, Paccar Gallery and TATE.

He delivers talks, lectures and workshops regularly within public, arts and research-based contexts including: at the Centre for Listening, ICA, Parasol Unit, South London Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and various international institutes. He is also the founder of Ear Room, an online interview project and with Salomé Voegelin co-curates Points of Listening, a monthly series of events and activities. He is based in London, UK and represented by IMT Gallery.


This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Art Council England.

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Peterborough Museum and City Art Gallery

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