A chance to hear the work of Katrina begins with Conversations on a Bench: a newly-commissioned radio poem by Katrina Porteous with interviews by Anna Scott-Brown, drawing on the voices of locals and passers by on a bench beside Beadnell harbour. October 9th 4.30 pm on BBC Radio 4, repeated Saturday October 15th 11.30pm and on iplayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07x1rxf
Two Countries at Berwick Literary Festival: Poems by Katrina Porteous and Northumbrian pipes by BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician of the Year finalist Alice Burn.Sunday October 23rd, noon The Guildhall, Berwick Town Hall, Berwick upon Tweed, . Tickets £5 http://www.maltingsberwick.co.uk/events/booksandwriters/3255
World Premiere of a new half-hour poetry and electronic music collaboration by Katrina Porteous and Peter Zinovieff at the Life Science Centre Planetarium, Newcastle, Friday November 18th, at 7pm and 8pm. Our Sun are amazing space telescopes like NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory allowing us to 'see' it in wavelengths far beyond human vision, to 'hear' the sounds it makes, and to use those sounds to 'look' inside it. 'Sun' takes us on a journey through its awesome processes, upon which all light and life on Earth depend. Planetarium visuals by Christopher Hudson. Part of Friday Night Life, tickets £8 in advance, £10 on door.
Opening on 16 November 2016, Alex Hartley’s exhibition As You Left at Victoria Miiro, London will feature a new series of wall-based works in which photography and painted elements combine to depict iconic modernist buildings in a variety of natural settings, suggesting narratives alluding to entropy and decay.
His architectural intervention (pictured) A Gentle Collapsing II transforms the gallery’s waterside garden into a scene of poetic dereliction and decay and is built on the canal bank and into the water itself with the assistance of specialist teams of fabricators and scenic artists. The home, vacated without explanation, stands in stark contrast to images of domestic architecture and attendant aspirational lifestyles from the period. Instead, created especially for the garden, with its tree ferns suggestive of an ancient subtropical or temperate landscape, A Gentle Collapsing II looks to have undergone an accelerated process of ageing. It is as if we have been teleported into the future in order to look back at the present or very recent past.
"A further collapsing occurs between genres. Hartley’s work always encourages us to consider how we experience and think about our constructed surroundings – through surface and line, scale and materials, locations and contexts. A Gentle Collapsing II breaks down rigid categories of production, referring as much to painting as to architecture, landscape design, sculpture or even theatre. It is, on one level, static, scenic, resolutely artificial. Yet during its installation it will evolve as the seasons change. The patina of age, applied with paintbrush and roller, will be further acted upon by the elements in unforeseen ways. And just as nature will impress upon the structure with its own narrative, the work’s very incompleteness allows the imagination to roam freely, to envision what might have been and what might be to come." Victoria Miro Gallery
A Gentle Collapsing II is the second in an ongoing series of outdoor pavilions by Hartley and follows the recent completion of a private commission in Kentucky, loosely based on Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #22. Additionally, in spring 2017, Hartley, working alongside British artist Tom James, will commence a major public commission in the historic grounds of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Warwickshire.
Alice will be reading at the APGRD Public Lectures on the 17th October at 3.15pm at the Ioannou Centre, University of Oxford. Event is free but go to http://www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk/events/2016/09/alice-oswald-a-reading for more info.
It's Frieze time in London and on Friday at 3pm you will have a chance to hear fellow Lynette Yiadom Boake with Gabriele Finaldi (Director, National Gallery, London) speaking in a talk moderated by Tim Marlow (Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts, London). The Frieze Masters Talks explores the history of art and its significance in contemporary practice and the programme is co-curated for the first time by Tim Marlow (Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts) and Jennifer Higgie (frieze & Frieze Masters Magazine).
Fellow ceramicist Youll will be launching her new show Function Suite on the 12th October with a stunning array of new work (in progress pictured) The exhibition will run until the 12th November at 23 Charlotte Road, London EC2.