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07/08/2020

Broadcasts: On Screen is now showing Quilla Constance 'Working Lunch' (2006).

Quilla Constance is an exoticized, punk-feminist performance persona, who is seen here quite literally putting on a performance to expose the performative nature of identity and power relations.

Humour and discomfort are employed defiantly in 'Working Lunch', to disrupt patriarchal frameworks and afford agency for her biracial, female identity position. DRAF Broadcasts: On Screen share a different work from the David Roberts Collection every two weeks, accompanied by a newly produced text.

You have until Wednesday 19 August to watch and read 👀 Head over to http://davidrobertsartfoundation.com/broadcasts.


Video: Quilla Constance, 'Working Lunch' [extract], 3'04". Music: 'My All', Mariah Carey

04/08/2020

Last chance to see — for Ulla von Brandenburg, '8' (2007) she has brought in a cast of colleagues and friends to act in 'tableaux vivants', standing perfectly still as 16mm camera moves through the baroque castle setting in one continuous take.

You only have until Thursday morning to view this remarkably crafted piece, before we will screen another work from the David Roberts Collection as part of our Broadcasts: On Screen.

Every two weeks a new moving image work from the collection is viewable, accompanied by a new short text. Head over to http://davidrobertsartfoundation.com/broadcasts/ to read and watch.

Excerpt:
Ulla von Brandenburg, 8, 2007. 16 mm film transferred to HD video, black and white, no sound, 8'10".

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23/07/2020

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In two weeks, Thursday 30 July 5pm BST, we will be hosting a Broadcasts: Live 💪  Harriet Middleton Baker (@missy.hmb) an...
16/07/2020
DRAF Broadcasts: Live with Harriet Middleton Baker and Sriwhana Spong

In two weeks, Thursday 30 July 5pm BST, we will be hosting a Broadcasts: Live 💪 Harriet Middleton Baker (@missy.hmb) and Sriwhana Spong (@sriwhana) will be discussing thoughts around power structures and how they both work with performance and collaborators. To get sent the access link simply register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/draf-broadcasts-live-with-harriet-middleton-baker-and-sriwhana-spong-tickets-109818736798

Both have been selected to develop new work with DRAF as part of our Live Art Commissions programme, initiated with the belief that those who can must keep creating opportunities for artists in these difficult times.

Through informal conversation and by drawing out parallels in ways of working, this Broadcast is an opportunity to get to know the artists invited for the Live Art Commissions programme, but also for the artists involved to get to know each other better.

This event is part of a larger series of online conversations, co-hosted by DRAF and @performance_exchange since the start of lockdown. They are talks with artists, curators and other cultural practitioners engaged in live work, to share artistic ideas and consider what 'liveness' means in times of social isolation. 🌞 The full talk archive can be found on our shared YouTube channel!

Join us for a conversation between artists Harriet Middleton Baker, Sriwhana Spong and DRAF Curator Ned McConnell.

Study Series #20. Horst Ademeit by Rosanna Mclaughlin is now up to read via this link; http://davidrobertsartfoundation....
08/07/2020

Study Series #20. Horst Ademeit by Rosanna Mclaughlin is now up to read via this link; http://davidrobertsartfoundation.com/exhibition/draf-study-20-horst-ademeit-by-rosanna-mclaughlin/

DRAF’s Study Series are focused case-studies of works from the David Roberts Collection. Each presentation centres on a single work or series, analysing it in depth, from its technical and material history to its position in the artist’s practice and contemporary debates.

She has written a fascinating account of Horst Ademeit's carefull tracking of what he perceived to be 'cold rays', recorded through Polaroids and observational notes scribbled in the margins.

Rosanna Mclaughlin is a writer, editor, and cultural critic. She is the author of the book Double-Tracking: Studies is Duplicity, published by Carcanet Press. She is an editor The White Review. If you want to read more of her work, take a look at our previous post to see what else she is working on.

Image:
Horst Ademeit, 4561, undated, inscribed Polaroid, 4 3/8 x 3 1/2in. (11 x 9cm.) © The estate of Horst Ademeit, Delmes & Zander, Cologne. Photo: Mark Blower

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06/07/2020

This is a look back at some of the brilliant performances that happened during the DRAF x Goldsmiths: Resonant Frequencies Summit on 7 Dec 2019.

Almost exactly half a year ago, and the world has become an unimaginably different place since then. As lockdown is easing in most places and there is so much talk of what going back to 'normal' might be, we wanted to take a moment to remember that collective joy when gathering and watching live performance.

You can see extracts from the work of Bow Gamelan Ensemble, @harold_offeh, performing 'Mindfully Dizzy', and @aurasatz's 'Preemtive Listening'.

There was also a new performance by @galitzinedmitri and @lauradeemilnes, exploring Country and Western music through the characters of Elvis and Dolly Parton. Speakers at the summit were Professor Marie Chait, Dr Jess Aslan, Dr Iris Garrelfs (@iris.garrelfs), Professor John Drever and Dr Maria Papadomanolaki. Our thanks to all of them for a really wonderful and inspiring day!

📢 On Thursday we will be releasing a Broadcasts: Podcast episode with @anne__hardy and @aurasatz, who both participated in the Resonant Frequencies programme. They discuss the role noise, sound and silence in their practice, during Resonant Frequencies, and in lockdown. Be sure to subscribe to the Podcast or sign up to our newsletter via our bio to see that appear later in the week.

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📣 The DRAF Broadcasts: Podcast is now on all major podcast platforms for extra easy listening.In our Broadcasts: Podcast...
30/06/2020

📣 The DRAF Broadcasts: Podcast is now on all major podcast platforms for extra easy listening.

In our Broadcasts: Podcast Ned McConnell discusses cultural practice with a variety of guests, to open understanding about where artistic or curatorial work comes from and what it means to produce work today.

Currently available:
Ep1: artist Lina Lapelytė, on the benefit of time and the importance of re-presenting performance.
Ep 2: Joe Hill, Director of Towner Eastbourne, on approaches to collections, building narratives with communities and how museums can be more social spaces.
Ep 3: Laura Smith, Curator at Whitechapel Gallery, on working with audiences both in and outside of London, curatorial approaches to collections and the role of the curator in building trust.
Ep 4: artist Shezad Dawood talking with Professor Madeleine van Oppen about her scientific work to make coral reefs more adaptable to climate warming, and how this relates to his own artistic research.

We've got plenty for exciting things to come, including releasing an episode on sound and noise with Aura Satz (pictured) and Anne Hardy next week.

So be sure to listen, subscribe, download and share 🙏 🎧.. Search for DRAF wherever you get your podcasts or head here; https://draf-broadcasts.simplecast.com

Image: Aura Satz, DRAF's Resonant Frequencies summit, 2019, Goldsmiths University, George Wood Theatre. Photo: Yuki Shima.

DRAF is looking for a competent, experienced art technician for a full-time warehouse based role in Salisbury for 3 mont...
26/06/2020

DRAF is looking for a competent, experienced art technician for a full-time warehouse based role in Salisbury for 3 months to start asap. Please tag and share widely to help us spread the word. If you’re interested you can find the full job description here; http://davidrobertsartfoundation.com/contact/.

Apply to [email protected] by Tuesday 30th June!

Nicolas Provost, 'Stardust' (2010) is now On Screen, available to watch via our website until Wednesday 8 July; http://d...
25/06/2020

Nicolas Provost, 'Stardust' (2010) is now On Screen, available to watch via our website until Wednesday 8 July; http://davidrobertsartfoundation.com/broadcasts/

Set in Sin City, Provost's film unpicks the make-believe of cinema by dubbing footage of the Las Vegas' citizens and visitors with audio from Hollywood thrillers and heist movies. Through clever use of sound, montage, music and zoom, suddenly the everyday is suddenly full of suspicion and suspense.

DRAF Broadcasts: On Screen showcases a different video work from the David Roberts Collection every two weeks, accompanied by a specially produced text. This presents a unique chance to see and learn more of the unique and diverse moving image works in the Collection.

📷 : Startdust [video still], 2010. Video projection with sound, 19’52". Courtesy the artist.

For the newest Broadcast: Podcast episode we have invited Shezad Dawood to discuss themes connected with his 'Leviathan ...
12/06/2020

For the newest Broadcast: Podcast episode we have invited Shezad Dawood to discuss themes connected with his 'Leviathan Cycle'.

Listen here; https://soundcloud.com/user-864365582/draf-broadcasts-podcast-shezad-dawood-and-madeleine-van-oppen

Dawood talks to coral specialist and ecological geneticist Professor Madeleine van Oppen, as part of his ongoing research into the connections between ocean conservation, migration and mental health. Van Oppen's work around finding ways to enable coral reefs to adapt better to rapid changes in ocean conditions and her approach to making her findings more accessible to the public have been a key touchstone for Dawood's thinking.

All the more timely in light of 🌊 World Oceans Week, the discussion introduces van Oppen’s work in Australia's Great Barrier Reef and why it is of interest to Dawood, as well as examining the impact of climate warming and the ethical implications of an interventionist approach.

The #podcast is part of the current #LeviathanBroadcastSeason, and coincides with the release of 'Leviathan Cycle, Episode 4: Jamila' - streaming on our website until 24 June.

Images: Shezad Dawood, Hybrid I, 2020. Bronze with custom luminescent paint finish. Courtesy of the artist and Timothy Taylor Gallery London.

This sculpture emerged directly from Dawood's conversations with Prof van Oppen, referencing the lab images she shared with him over a number of months. The paint means the sculpture mimics bioluminescence in the dark.

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11/06/2020

Our latest Broadcasts: On Screen, available until 24 June, is an episode from Shezad Dawood’s ongoing ten-part film cycle Leviathan (2017–). This special screening is part of a collaboration with ArtReview, Modern Forms and The Ryder, showcasing the first five episodes of this ambitious project.

Leviathan Cycle envisages a near future eerily like our present, whose inhabitants are the survivors of a cataclysmic solar event. The episodes are developed by Dawood in dialogue with a wide range of marine biologists, oceanographers, political scientists, philosophers, neurologists and trauma specialists. Each film – of which five of ten are now complete – is written from the point of view of an individual character, and their fictional narratives are carefully interwoven with archival footage, linking the looming spectre of climate breakdown to human-scale stories.

We are screening Episode 4: Jamila, which explores the ethics of survival and predator-prey relationships in both human and marine species. View the trailer here and the full episode here; http://davidrobertsartfoundation.com/broadcasts/

Shezad Dawood, Leviathan Cycle, Episode 4: Jamila, 2018 [trailer]. HD video, 10'36". Commissioned by Barakat Contemporary, Seoul; HE.RO, Amsterdam; Arts Council England and MUBI. Courtesy of the artist and UBIK Productions.

Now On Screen: Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, 'Night Shift' (2006).The simple premise of policemen stopping for a ...
29/05/2020

Now On Screen: Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, 'Night Shift' (2006).

The simple premise of policemen stopping for a cup of coffee, turns into a dreamy reflection on the space of sleep and sleeplessness. Playing with repetition, the work speaks to the present moment by referencing the loops and limbo akin to Groundhog Day.

Broadcasts: On Screen presents a series of video works from the David Roberts Collection, showcasing a different piece accompanied by a newly written text every two weeks, to open up and share works from the collection. 'Night Shift' is viewable until Wednesday 10 June here; http://davidrobertsartfoundation.com/broadcasts/

Image: Teresa Hubbard Alexander Birchler, 'Night Shift' [video still], 2006. Courtesy the artists, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, NY and LA and Lora Reynolds Gallery

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We are more than excited to announce a new commission development programme and the six artists whose practice includes ...
26/05/2020

We are more than excited to announce a new commission development programme and the six artists whose practice includes live work that have been selected for this opportunity.

As performance in particular relies on social engagement and people coming together, DRAF wants to support artists working in this way now, during this period where so many other projects, fees and residencies have been cancelled or postponed.

The selected artists are Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom, Last Yearz Interesting Negro (Jamila Johnson-Small), Lloyd Corporation, Harriet Middleton Baker, Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, and Sriwhana Spong.

We will be working closely with these artists to present a series of performances in Spring 2021, or as soon as is realistically possible for people to gather in significant numbers for real life encounters. We can't wait to develop this with all six artists and share a new live programme with you all!

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Images left to right & top top bottom:
Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom, Last Yearz Interesting Negro (Jamila Johnson-Small), Lloyd Corporation, Harriet Middleton Baker, Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, and Sriwhana Spong.

21/05/2020

DRAF is part of the Leviathan Cycle Broadcast Season, in collaboration with ArtReview, Modern Forms and the Ryder Projects. The Season starts today!

For a limited time only, the first five episodes of Shezad Dawood's 'Leviathan Cycle', which explores #climatechange, #migration and #mentalhealth will be available on ArtReview's Art Lovers Movie Club and Modern Form's Film Platform. Each week a new Episode will be released, so head over there to meet one of the main protagonists in 'Episode 1: Ben' (2017).

We will host 'Episode 4: Jamila' (2018) as part of our Broadcasts: On Screen between 11 - 24 June so keep an eye out for that 👀.

#DRAFBroadcasts #OnScreen #LeviathanCycle #LeviathanBroadcastSeason #ShezadDawood

Zadie Xa will be discussing her performance practice with Amy Budd, Curator, Projects and Exhibitions at Modern Art Oxfo...
19/05/2020
DRAF Broadcasts: Live with artist Zadie Xa

Zadie Xa will be discussing her performance practice with Amy Budd, Curator, Projects and Exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford in our next Broadcasts: Live. Join us! 👉 Thursday 21 May 5pm BST. Sign up to get the access link sent over; http://ow.ly/rKgH50zKf4T

Image: Zadie Xa, 'Grandmother Mago', 2019. Performance part of Meetings on Art, Venice Biennale. Courtesy the artist, Arts Council England and Delfina Foundation. Photo: Riccardo Banfi

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Join us for DRAF Broadcasts: Live in-conversation with artist Zadie Xa and curator Amy Budd.

'We Grown Ups Can Also Be Afraid' (2007) by Nina Beier and Marie Lund reflects on the strange transfer of knowledge taki...
18/05/2020

'We Grown Ups Can Also Be Afraid' (2007) by Nina Beier and Marie Lund reflects on the strange transfer of knowledge taking place when all Danish schoolchildren were taught a song talking about the fear of air pollution, nuclear threat and propaganda in the first person.

This 4 minute video work is now screening on our website as part of DRAF Broadcasts: On Screen, a programme that showcases the unique and diverse video works in the David Roberts Collection. Catch it here; http://davidrobertsartfoundation.com/broadcasts/ - you have until Wednesday 27 May!

There is a new DRAF Broadcasts: Podcast with Joe Hill, Director at Towner Eastbourne out now.Speaking to DRAF Curator Ne...
15/05/2020

There is a new DRAF Broadcasts: Podcast with Joe Hill, Director at Towner Eastbourne out now.

Speaking to DRAF Curator Ned McConnell, they discuss approaches to collections, building narratives with communities and how museums can be more social spaces.

This is the second episode in our Podcasts series, which are in-depth discussions of cultural practice to open understanding about where artistic or curatorial work comes from. You can listen to this and Ep. 1 with Lina Lapelytė here; http://ow.ly/qoVl50zGj8S

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⚡For our next DRAF Broadcasts: Live, artist Zadie Xa will be speaking about her performance practice with Amy Budd, Cura...
14/05/2020

⚡For our next DRAF Broadcasts: Live, artist Zadie Xa will be speaking about her performance practice with Amy Budd, Curator, Projects and Exhibitions at Modern Art Oxford.

Thursday 21 May, live from 5pm - grab you spot here; http://ow.ly/yo7Y50zG7fR, as you need to preregister to get the access link sent.

This event is part of series of online conversations co-hosted with Performance Exchange, born from the desire to keep supporting live practices during the lockdown. They feature artists, curators and other cultural practitioners involved in the production of live work.

Image: Zadie Xa, 'Child of Magohalmi and the Echoes of Creation' [installation view], 2020, De La Warr Pavilion. Courtesy the artist and De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea. Photo: Rob Harris

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Photographing brushstrokes and details of the compositions, Jacco Olivier turns liquid colour into moving images by anim...
05/05/2020

Photographing brushstrokes and details of the compositions, Jacco Olivier turns liquid colour into moving images by animating sections of his paintings, like in 'Saeftinghe' (2006). It is the second artists' moving image from the #DavidRobertsCollection to be shown in our new web screening programme Broadcasts: On Screen, where new works accompanied by a specially produced text are shown every two weeks.

You have until Wednesday 13 May to watch this dreamlike creation, where everything from a filing cabinet drawer to a can of Coca-Cola floats by. The work references the tale of the 'Drowned Land of Saeftinghe', an area in the south-west of the Netherlands that was claimed from the sea, only to be lost to it again forever in the late 16th century.

Image: Saeftinghe [video still], 2006. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Ron Mandos
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