BxNU SYMPOSIUM: A Perfect and Absolute Blank (05): Grace Schwindt

Publication Date 16 Oct 2015

BxNU SYMPOSIUM: A Perfect and Absolute Blank
16 October 2015, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Grace Schwindt, Little Birds and a Demon – a live transmission Introduced by Grace Schwindt, followed by a Q&A facilitated by Christine Borland.

Please note that the sound work itself was not recorded

In response to issues raised BALTIC exhibition Fiona Tan: DEPOT, this symposium will bring together eminent practitioners, artists and theoreticians whose work addresses that least visible but most present entity, The Sea. The exhibition includes BALTIC’s spectacular new commission DEPOT, which re-imagines the exhibition of ‘Jonah the Giant Whale’, a preserved whale which toured Europe from the 1950s to the mid-1970s, and Disorient 2009 with imaginaries of trade and travel.

Despite its powerful subconscious and imaginary pull - the source of fantastic creatures and lost cities, the cruel grave of hapless seafarers and travellers - the sea has largely been consigned to the margins of the terrestrial, a mere surface to be traversed in pursuit of capital and territory – Lewis Carol’s ‘perfect and absolute blank!’ Contemporary thought has however taken an oceanic turn - prompted by political, ecological, technological and material shifts - undersea resource extraction, claiming and division of sub maritime territories, seaborne migration and trafficking, overfishing, rising sea levels – all have emerged as concerns of global significance.

Emerging from the research interests of staff at Northumbria University in inter-disciplinarity and the creation of new knowledge across the sciences, humanities and arts, the event will include performances, screening and discussions in order to consider both the impact of human activity upon the 71% of the planet’s surface that is covered by water and how we might think with the liquidity, mobility and volume of the sea to evolve new fluid ontologies of the world we inhabit.

Curated and convened by Jane Arnfield, Reader in Arts, Director of Fine & Visual Arts Programmes, Northumbria University; Christine Borland, BALTIC Professor, Northumbria University; Sandra Johnston, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Northumbria University; Rona Lee, Professor of Fine Art, Northumbria University and Hannah Marsden, Adult Public Programmes Assistant, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Grace Schwindt, artist

Grace Schwindt is a German artist based in London. She is represented by Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp and distributed by Argos Centre for Art and Media in Brussels. She studied Photography at the University of Westminster and Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver, Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe, The Showroom in London, Eastside Projects in Birmingham, Site Gallery in Sheffield and Wiels – Centre for Contemporary Arts in Brussels where she was also part of a one year long artist in residency in 2012. Performances and screenings have been presented at Performatik at Kaaitheater in Brussels, Playground Festival at Museum M in Leuven, Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, South London Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery in London and CCA – Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow amongst others. In 2012, Schwindt received the Grant to Individual Artist for Performance Art and Theatre from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York and in 2013, an Artsadmin Artists Bursary.

A full schedule of the day and biographies of all the speakers can be found in the delegate pack, available here:

Speaker Grace Schwindt
Format MPEG 4
Month October 2015
Keywords BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art, Critically Engaged, interdisciplinary
Related Events BxNU SYMPOSIUM: A Perfect and Absolute Blank (16 October 2015), Fiona Tan: Depot (10 July - 1 November 2015)
Related Gallery BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

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