BALTIC 39 | FIGURE FOUR is an opportunity for artists to test works and ideas, or to develop works in progress within a public context.
The 10 exhibitions are to be held in the project space at BALTIC 39 from Wednesday 18 January – Sunday 19 February 2017.
Week One: Wednesday 18 – Sunday 22 January 2017
Laura Lancaster and Rachel Lancaster: Glimpser
Both artists take up residence in the gallery for five days, the first time they have collaborated fully. They seek to generate a series of temporary interventions which explore the crossover between their respective artistic practices, with a focus on their mutual interest in the slippage of meaning when found imagery is manipulated. Laura’s investigations are based upon the projection of gathered source imagery, while Rachel employs her own archive of source material based on the moving image. Using a projector as a tool for drawing, they manipulate the reading of projected images through drawing and distortions with reference to analogue special effects techniques.
On Thursday 19 January 2017 Rachel will play a live musical response to the imagery projected in the gallery, exploring her interest in the ways sound can relate to the painterly and the cinematic.
Hollie Miller and Sam Williams: there was an idea of equality
In its initial (rather utopian) sense, there was an idea of equality and democracy at the heart of Collaboration—but can this truly be the case? Miller & Williams present an open access work-in-progress exhibition of performance, video and notation that asks the central question: how can the psychology of decision-making be observed and challenged as it unfolds during a live performance involving camera-body and performative-body. The project intends to interrogate the roles and languages of cooperation and competition in the making of collaborative video and choreographic work within a live context. Throughout the week, the artists open up a series of live performance experiments to examine the shifts of control within the interplay of camera and body, including the dynamics between the operators of both as choreographic bodies themselves.