Zoë Mendelson, 'Kitchen Table Solo Show', 2021
INTERIOR/INTERIOR will be an afternoon of online events that explore connections between the home and the body: opening space to reflect on how events of the past year have re-shaped our perceptions of interdependency, protection, and containment. This event will expand on the notion of a composite home-body, stretching outwards via networked systems (supplying and demanding) and inwards through new modes of self-knowledge and maintenance.
One INTERIOR is the shell - a networked container maintained by labour and producing waste, reaching for community and receiving shopping. Another INTERIOR is the body within, navigating its complex dependencies and desires.
Through workshops, talks and provocation, we will draw out what these interdependent interiors mean for art practice in its forced proximity to habit and habitat. What can the experience of being interconnected home-bodies teach us about care, production, and resistance?
INTERIOR/INTERIOR is curated by
Dr Zoë Mendelson (artist and Head of Painting and Printmaking at The Glasgow School of Art)
and Anna Bunting-Branch (artist and Associate Lecturer, Camberwell College of Arts).
It is a part of at CCW
28 October 2021
Event introduction at 14.00
Event 1: CALLING OCCUPANTS
14:15 - 15:30
Artists and writers share their responses to a series of provocations that emerge from the themes of INTERIOR/INTERIOR.
Hosted by Anna Bunting-Branch and Zoë Mendelson, with space for questions and discussion.
Please click HERE for detailed information about artist-contributors:
Hylozoic/Desires (Himali Singh Soin & David Soin Tappeser)
Hylozoic/Desires (Himali Singh Soin & David Soin Tappeser), 'Setting the Stage for a Gathering of Friends', 2021
Event 2: The virus and the expanded field
16:00 - 17:00
Dr. Zoë Mendelson will present new research into the virus as metaphor, considering applied uses for an examination of its spread, mutation and its ambitions. Drawing on expanded field art practice and the medical, this research uses models from art practice to consider how the site of the pandemic home has become an escape from the viral but also sits in the shadow of its most stark metaphors. Our homes, connected via electricity and forms of commodified exchange, now produce (work, economics) as well as consume, forming buzzing cartographic global drawings stitching domestic spaces to each other across the world. Mendelson shielded for 59 weeks from March 2020 and draws on her experience of the home-as-skin suggesting how wellbeing as a success narrative dissolves the values of productive vulnerability.
Zoë Mendelson, 'Home-body', 2021
Event 3: Recipes for Disaster
17.30 - 19.30
Recipes for Disaster will be for up to 20 participants and will include live presentation and break out rooms, with the option to publish your recipe in the event archive.
In this creative writing workshop, we will explore ways to prepare, create and transform in the face of disaster: from personal and political heartbreak to austerity, illness, climate emergency, and whatever else the future may have in store. Thinking about the recipe as a minor genre that embraces both practical instruction and wonderous alchemy, we will write our own recipes for disaster that mix ingredients for sustenance, indulgence, survival and insurrection.
Recipes for Disaster will be led by Anna Bunting-Branch, drawing on her ongoing research into feminist science fiction.
Anna Bunting-Branch, Recipes for Disaster, 2021
is a programme of events, talks and screenings that will take place online during 2021-22, as we continue to navigate the altered world around us. Devised in collaboration between Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Spaces, Dialogues will be hosted remotely and connected via the Chelsea Space platform: www.chelseaspace.org.