Finding Spaces, Making places: The places we work and the spaces between: an intra-actional participatory artists’ event.
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AbstractParticipatory Art Installation: The place of, and spaces for, art therapy are radically shifting and changing beyond the clinic and therapy room. Whole populations are moving in search of refuge and hope. How do we as art therapists respond to the ethical call of difference, transience and displacement? A quartet of artists from opposite sides of the globe have come together to respond to these concerns. Morris and Westwood are offering a series of three art-based sessions where participants respond to these themes through constructing a site-specific art installation - an encampment of embellished tent structures on the college field. Participants can use already assembled structures or are invited to bring/post ahead their unwanted or broken tents. The aim is to rethink our relationships to the spaces in which we work, and to reveal and reflect on the cultural significance of art, space, and art therapy practice. Bachelard (1994) explores the intimate spaces of the house that constitute a body of images giving the illusion of stability - a stability questioned, here, by the impermanence and mobility of the ‘tent city’. This allows glimpses of a coexisting visual order that intersects with ours (Berger, 2001). Lever and Linnell work into this disconcerting yet compelling ‘in-between’ in two ways: through a linked conference paper, and by tracing ‘material’ routes through the negative spaces between the tents with builder’s string line and plumb. These geometries will striate physical, emotional and intellectual spaces, bringing marginalised possibilities to attention. Visitors approaching from multiple entry points will be invited to follow the contours of the outside in order to find what is folded inside (Deleuze, 1988). In ‘intra-action’ (Barad, 2007) with each other, our ‘selves’, the site, the materials and some provocative philosophies, a ‘third space’ (Bhabha, 2004) of art therapy begins to emerge.
Westwood, Jill <http://research.gold.ac.uk/view/goldsmiths/Westwood=3AJill=3A=3A.html>; Morris, Lesley <http://research.gold.ac.uk/view/goldsmiths/Morris=3ALesley=3A=3A.html>; Lever, Anita and Linnell, Sheridan. 2016. Finding Spaces, Making places: The places we work and the spaces between: an intra-actional participatory artists’ event.. [Art Object]