Parallax 14: Craft and Art Symposium
WED 12 FEB 2020 / 09.30 – 17.00
Curated by Zoi Dimitriou and Jonathan Owen Clark
What is the relation between craft and the performing arts? What are the socio-political connotations these relations hold today and how do these challenge, redirect and nourish artistic, curatorial, pedagogical and social practices?Craftmanship as an intimate working with materials and their transformation has recently been drawing attention in both the artistic and academic milieu. Notions of repetition, persistence, resistance, foresight and ‘following the materials’ are but some of our anchoring focal points. One line of theoretical inquiry can be traced through the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, who suggest that to ‘follow the materials’ is to think from the materials – to find ‘the consciousness or thought of the matter-flow’ (Deleuze and Guattari 2004:454). Another way of approaching the subject is through Tim Ingold’s anthropological analysis of the embodied processes of enskillment that join both art and craft-making.Practices of craftmanship have close links to the daily practices of the dancer, musician and artist. How can we discuss these processes from the viewpoint that even the smallest of ‘gestures’ (actions) can produce things, affects and change that encompass the potentiality for domain shifts and moving us through/across borders?
The symposium is inspired by an Atelier on Dance and Craft organised by the Duncan Dance Research Centre and EDN (European Dance House Network) that took place in Athens during Spring 2019.
August 2018 – Finland
Delighted to be showing films and a collection of 3 flockOmania objects at KORU 6, in Finland.
KORU6 is an international contemporary jewellery triennal organized for the sixth time. The main purpose of the event is to present widely international contemporary jewellery and bring together the artists, lecturers, researchers and people with interest in contemporary jewellery to take part in exhibition, seminar and workshops!
The exhibition will be open at Imatra Art Museum from 20th of August to 15th of September 2018. This time 13 talented jewellery artist were invited to take part of the exhibition. Each of them was asked to invite two interesting artist from their own country to join in the exhibition. In total there will be works of 39 artists from 12 countries.
IMATRA ART MUSEUM, from 20th of August to 15th of September 2018. Opening ceremony in the evening of 17th of August 2018.
HELSINKI, TIIVISTÄMÖ from 11th to 27th of October, opening ceremony in the evening of 10th of October 2018.
TAMERE, ARTCENTER LAIKKU, November 2018 (dates coming soon)
AUGUST 2017 – Melbourne, Australia
253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Fri 8am–6pm, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 12–5pm
Thu 31 August, 2–4pm
JULY 2017 – UK
ACJ’s 20:20 Visions Conference was held on 7 – 9 July 2017 in Sheffield
Speakers included Boris Bally (USA), Elizabeth Shaw (Australia), Melissa Cameron (USA), Johanna Zellmer (NZ / Germany) Simon Fraser (UK) and many more!
The programme included:
Professor Norman Cherry
Dr Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill
Professor Christoph Zellweger
Practical talks & demos:
Ann Marie Shillito
Zoe Robertson’s Flockomania
By with By – performance by Nuala Clooney & Rachael Colley
Our conference team, led by Laura Bradshaw-Heap (of Suspended in Pink fame) and Rachel Darbourne (JUNK: Rubbish to Gold), worked hard to construct a great and varied programme. This included talks by makers, educators & exhibition curators, performances (expect surprises), demonstrations and tech talks amid networking breaks with plentiful cake.
Delegate fees : £180 for members, £220 for non members, and £100 for students and new graduates, includes meals & refreshments.
This includes the programme from Friday 7th July 3.00 to 9.30 pm, including dinner and evening event, Saturday 8th 9.30 am to 9.30pm with lunch, dinner & evening event, and Sunday 9th from 9.30am to 3.00pm including lunch. Plentiful tea, coffee, juice, water & cake are also included.
Day tickets: Friday afternoon costs £50, students £30, dinner £22 extra (must be booked in advance). Saturday only £80 / £50, evening & dinner (again must be booked in advance) £30 extra. Sunday only £50 / £30, includes lunch.
Not included : accommodation, breakfasts (although pastries & coffee will be provided)
Venue: Sheffield Hallam University Conferences, Cantor Building, Arundel Street Sheffield S1 2NT
MAY 2017 – UK
Culture, Costume and Dress Conference
10 -12th May 2017
Delighted to announce that flockOmania will be part of Culture, Costume and Dress.
We will be showing objects and images in the Cabinets of Costume exhibition and performing a live improvised intervention as part of the opening and private view of Cabinets of Costume at the Parkside Gallery on Wednesday 10th May between 5:30 – 7:30pm
About CCD 2017
Dress in all its manifestations, whether clothing, jewellery or other accessories, is a fundamental aspect of culture, and one that culture references. This multi-disciplinary, international conference will explore the nature of dress as it relates to, responds to, and influences culture.
Clothing reflects the customs and concerns of society, and often reveals its underlying motivation. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the world of fashion, which almost unknowingly expresses the zeitgeist of its time. The perspective of history allows us to discern more clearly the power of dress to shape lives and influence society. Politically, clothing has been used to control certain groups; socially, clothing has provided status to individuals; and psychologically, dress both defines us and contributes to our sense of self.
This significance has been effectively exploited by the arts, particularly the visual arts, where costume is often used to convey particular themes, as for example, the costume adopted in royal portraits. In literature too, dress can provide insights into character and personality; and in the theatre, costume creates a persona for the audience and the actor who inhabits it.
Through presentations, posters, panel discussions and performance, the conference will consider the many aspects of costume and dress, exploring their inter-connections and reflecting on their significance. It will include an exhibition of costume and other artefacts that articulate the conference themes.
For more information please visit ccd2017.org/
JANUARY 2017 – UK
Finale performance Friday 20th January 2017 6 – 8pm
Book your free private view ticket HERE
flockOmania 4 comes to The Cass Bank Gallery, Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University, London, UK
Opening: Monday 9th January to Thursday 26th January 2017
Times: 11 – 5pm Monday to Friday
If you would like to come and see a performance intervention you need to book a free ticket HERE
Private view finale: Friday 20 Jan 6-8pm
Internationally recognised for its excellent facilities, and described by Patrick Brill as the “Aldgate Bauhaus” Easy to get to, Central House is located minutes from Aldgate and Aldgate East tube stations, served by the Circle, Metropolitan, District and Hammersmith & City lines. Both Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street are but a short walk away.
The Bank Gallery
London Metropolitan University
59-63 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7PF
Tube / Metro: Tube: Aldgate East and for direction HERE visit
BOOK you tickets HERE
DECEMBER 2016 – UK
Fashion and Costume in Context and Practice
Fashion and Costume in Context and Practice Symposium and Exhibition hosted by Huddersfield University
Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th December 2016
- Paper – Bodies and Object: process, practice and performance
- Performance – Conversations on wearing: Practice at play
University of Huddersfield
HD1 3DH Huddersfield
InDialogue is a two day biennial International Symposium that interrogates how artists and researchers use dialogue in practice, this year the symposium will take place on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 December and will be hosted by Nottingham Contemporary and New Art Exchange. InDialogue are pleased to announce the guest speakers, performers and presenters for 2016
flockOmania have been invited to present a performance intervention
- Conversations on Wearing: A trio of object, movement and words ‘a mobile intervention’
Keynote: Professor Grant Kester (University of California)
Chair: Professor Steve Swindells (University of Huddersfield)
Curators: Heather Connelly and Rhiannon Jones
Performers: Sally Doughty, Rachel Krische and Lisa Kendall, Vida Midgelow and Jane Bacon, Michael Pinchbeck and work in progress by Chloé Déchery and Jane McKernan 2016 InDialogue resident artists.
Presenters: Rachael Colley and Nuala Clooney, Linda Duvall, Tom Estes, Sarah Green, John Hammersley, Frank Heather, Caroline Horton and Jacqueline Taylor, Daniel Hunt, Petra Johnson, Garrett Lynch, matthews and allen, Francesco Mazzarella and Gavin Rogers, Ella McCartney, Sam Metz and Abigail Parsons, Tychonas Michailidis, Jake Moore and Jade Williams, Sally Morfilland Ana Čavić, Katarina Rankovic, Zoe Robertson, Natalie Garrett Brown and Amy Voris, Suzanne Palzer, Zoë Petersen, Gaby Saldanha, Dan Scott, Joanna Sperryn-Jones, Steven Baldwin and Craig Newsome, Dani Tagen, Arlene Tucker and Anastasia Artemeva, and Gemma-Rose Turnbull
Thursday Dec 1st ticket£20
Nottingham Contemporary (ticket inc. performance and refreshments)
Friday Dec 2nd ticket £20
New Art Exchange (ticket inc. refreshments and lunchtime meal)
To register please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/indialogue-2016-tickets-20556752801
InDialogue Performance Evening
In partnership with Dance4, InDialogue has invited artists who are making creative and challenging live works in the UK and internationally to present their work.
The performance evening will celebrate what it means to be in dialogue, considering diverse approaches to practice.
Artists include Sally Doughty, Rachel Krische and Lisa Kendall, Caroline Horton and Jacqueline Taylor, Vida Midgelow and Jane Bacon, Michael Pinchbeck and work in progress by the 2016 InDialogue resident artists.
Tickets: £10 (full) £8 (concessions)
Duration: 3 hrs (approx.)
Suitable for 16+
Tickets for performance evening only are available from Dance4.
SEPTEMBER 2016 – China
The 9th “From Lausanne to Beijing” International Biennale Exhibition (Shenzhen)
September 10—26, 2016
Guan Shan Yue Art Museum, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China P.R.
AUGUST 2016 – UK
Two works from the flockOmania collection will be exhibited in The Cass:Hands on at The Aram Gallery
4th August – 3rd September 2016
110 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5SG, UK
For more information please visit The Aram Gallery
MAY 2016 – Germany
Our next stop is at Music Tech Fest #MTFBerlin – Funkhaus from 27th -30tn May 2016
+49 (0)30 5380 5400
For more information and to book tickets visit
MARCH 2016 – UK
Opening at the Parkside Gallery, Birmingham, UK on Monday 22nd February 2016 to Friday 1st April 2016
Live improvised interventions with the dance artists will take place on the following days.
- Wednesday 24th February
- Wednesday 2nd March
- Wednesday 9th March
The finale, an improvised performance will take place bringing together Sound, Light, Film and Movement on Thursday 17th March 2016 from 6 – 8pm
Please note the Parkside Gallery is closed on Sundays and will be closed on Saturday 19th March and Saturday 26th March.
The Parkside Building:
5 Cardigan Street
FEBRUARY 2015 – UK
flockOmania took place during January and February 2015
It opened on Monday 19th January 2015 and closed on Thursday 19th February 2015
The dance artists worked in the Gallery between 2pm and 5pm on the following days.
- Thursday 22nd January
- Thursday 29th January
- Thursday 5th February
- Thursday 12th February
The flockOmania finale, an improvised performance and closing event took place on Thursday 19th February 2015 from 6pm – 8pm Bringing together Sound, Light, Film and Movement with an Artists discussion between 7.30 and 8pm. In conversation with Professor Sarah Whatley (Coventry University) and Professor Jivan Astfalck (Birmingham City University)
The first flockOmania took place at the Lanchester Gallery, Coventry University’s city centre glass fronted arts venue. Opened in 2012, the gallery is host to a diverse range of exhibitions and events.
The Lanchester Gallery programmes a number of exhibitions throughout the year, presenting a culturally diverse range of contemporary art, design and media. It provides a stunning venue for Coventry School of Art and Design and the University as well as the city and wider regional community.
The Lanchester Gallery is 10 minutes’ walk from Coventry train station and is located in Coventry University’s main student building, The Hub between the Graham Sutherland Building and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, which is clearly sign posted throughout the city.
Coventry University: Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7688 7831
For more information visit Coventry University