MARKING TIME… BENDING TIE.. SAVING TIME.. OVER TIME..
Time Travel probably isn't possible, we just keep on moving forward, but we all experience the tick tock of passing seconds and minutes in different ways. Time can be elastic and sometimes art can stop us in our tracks.. This project is a way to explore time in a place that is already marked by time.. by the natural rhythms of weather and tides, the marks of our London ancestors, of industrial heritage and the rapid progress of city development.
I am Anne Robinson, a visual artist and curator based at London Met University and Limehouse Arts Foundation and the curator of the proposed 'Over Time' project at Endersby's Wharf, working towards exhibition during the later part of September. We have an exciting list of artists working across a range of disciplines/media who have agreed to take part, we have established contacts with University of Greenwich, with local historians and community arts organisations and with archaeologists working on the Thames foreshore. I have also discussed the project with Greenwich Borough arts team. You can see more about the project, view some great images and read more about the artists here..
The initial proposal is that each of the invited artists makes a response to spending precisely the same fixed amount of 'clock time' in in the very historically resonant and atmospheric riverside space at Endersby's Wharf, site of the first underwater telegraph cables, during the weeks leading into the exhibition/performance period. This is completely open, so could be: sound, movement, performance, painting, writing, conceptual, objects.. etc, and, as far as planning goes so far, it will be possible either to show at the space and invite audience, or to make an artefact of some description which is then shown at a nearby venue. Two of the artists will also be working with local groups making drawings which will also be part o the final show
The confirmed artists are: Ella Finer, Rachel Gomme, Ian Thompson, Charlie Fox, Sarah Sparkes, Victoria Gray, Katharine Fry and Gavin Maughling, Jo David and Birgitta Hosea all of whom have established reputations in their various fields, including performance digital animation, dance and sound and been involved in outstanding arts projects of international standing. I have a highly successful track record in organising events, festivals, exhibitions and symposia including the Supernormal Festival, One More Time Symposium and site specific work at World Museum, Liverpool in addition to my own multidisciplinary art practice and academic work. See further links below. The participants have also taken part in a series of 'round table' events at London Met in March to share ideas and practice and take the project forward. We are also currently seeking funds form a range of sources including Arts Council England. We have already negotiated support in kind from the Facility research centre and THames Festival will help us with publicity too.
So, the project is nearly ready to go, but we really need one last push to make sure we can publicise it properly and provide proper resources for the artists involved.. your assistance will mean that the passing of these places is marked, local people have the opportunity to support the production of some some very exciting works of art, and have a say and and we have space for a great exhibition.. thank you!!