The Encounter- the importance of story-telling

The Encounter, an immersive theater piece written, directed, and presented by Simon McBurney, is a one man show inspired by Petru Popescu’s novel Amazon Beaming, about real-life American photographer Loren McIntyre’s life-changing journey in 1969. McInnyre  got lost in a remote area of the Amazonian rain-forest  while looking for the elusive Mayoruna people-the Cat people.

The piece uses innovative soundscape and binaural technology (headphones with separate sound setting for the left and right ear) to bring the audience into an intimate, sensory journey. The soundscape combined with light projection, McBurney’s passionate delivery, and a non-linear timeline creates a visceral and strangely meditative almost  psychedelic experience.

I didn’t know much about the piece when I entered the theater and was overwhelmed by the so called, Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, otherwise known as frequency illusion or recency illusion. This phenomenon occurs when the thing you’ve just noticed, experienced or been told about suddenly crops up constantly. The play talked about the importance of ecological awareness, the need to change our ways of thinking, the necessity of altering the human centrist worldview, the struggles of indigenous people, the destructive forces of extraction economy. While through its delivery Simon McBurney highlighted the importance of storytelling, which Donna Haraway extensively writes about.

I felt that this feeling is not an illusion its not a phenomenon, it is a sign of the current times saturated with the urgency of climate change and the awakening of many to the prerequisite for living and dying together with all species.

The Encounter is a beautifully crafted and delivered piece, a visceral experience, that took me into childhood states of night time readings and story telling. I found myself with eyes closed many times through the show, enjoying the tale of mind altering journey that the photographer experienced. Meeting all the inhabitants of the story through the soundscape of voices and noises, feeling their struggles and joys while periodically being dragged back to the actor’s home, where he is working on the piece we are seeing.

I felt relaxed with a strange numbness in my limbs after the show.  Spending two hours doing nothing else but listening to a story, no distractions, emphasized the message I took home with me; I need to listen more, tell more stories receive and give , exchange, stop rushing and be present.

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HUNGER

The upcoming exhibition HUNGER is a collaboration of fifteen artists from The Tunnel Group. The show takes as its starting point the word hunger and let’s each artist create their own views, …

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HUNGER

The upcoming exhibition HUNGER is a collaboration of fifteen artists from The Tunnel Group. The show takes as its starting point the word hunger and let’s each artist create their own views, interpretation and experiences of this pointed theme with all it’s connotations, be it political, psychological, philosophical or else.

Expect a variety of mediums from the digital to simple drawings, encompassing differing approaches from a diverse party.

artists:

Jessica Ballantyne
Monika Tobel
julia Maddison
Chris godber
Mathew Tudor
Mervyn Diese
Mark Rathmell
Jane Pearett
Robin Tomens
Genevieve Leavold
Alicia Roy
Julie Ann
Jamie Stanton
Becca Smith
Nick Bayliss

@Republic Gallery     2 Clove Crescent, E14 2BE London, United Kingdom

02.09-04.09   PV 02.09 6pm

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ORGAN THING: Play a maximalist art exhibition in a warehouse, here’s our take on what went down last weekend…

THE ORGAN

play_posterCULTIVATE presents PLAY: @ LONDON FIELDS, E8 – A maximalist art exhibition in a warehouse…

Play happened last weekend, something like forty-three or so artists gathered together under the umbrella of Cultivate. I think we ended up with forty-three artists? We haven’t done a final count yet, couple of no-shows, couple of last minute additions, couple of almost there in a minimal kind of glittery pyramid kind of way, couple of rule-breaking gate crashers, rules are there for breaking if the art is good enough. The venue was a now empty warehouse, by the railway station, just off the glories of London Fields, deepest Hackney, East London. A now tired looking warehouse apparently opened in 1980 by one time Labour prime minister James Callaghan MP, or so the rather tarnished brass plaque on the crumbling not so white wall says. The place was a frozen food factory until recently (those…

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PRESS RELEASE: CULTIVATE presents PLAY, A MAXIMALIST ART EVENT @ LONDON FIELDS, E8

CULTIVATE... Artists doing it our way

play_warehouse01PRESS RELEASE:  CULTIVATE presents PLAY, A MAXIMALIST ART EVENT @ LONDON FIELDS, E8

Cultivate presents PLAY, a two day maximalist art event in a great big beautiful shell of a soon to be demolished warehouse, just by London Fields, London, E8.

Saturday 6th June (1pm until 9pm) / Sunday 7th June (10am until 6pm)

Gransden Avenue, E8 3QA. One minute from London Fields railway station and right by Broadway Market, the field itself (and all that that involves on a summer weekend).

A two day maximalist art exhibition called Play, artists doing it ourselves in a great big warehouse (guarded by a Burning Candy cat) with walls and floors alive with paintings, sculpture, installation and more, street artists jousting with contemporary painters, sculptors juggling around installations … An art event brought to you by Cultivate and curated by Sean Worrall and Emma Harvey

Where were we? Cultivate, as far as Vyner…

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ORGAN PREVIEW: PLAY, AN ART EVENT IN A WAREHOUSE

Taking part in this upcoming event. Very excited about the wonderful open space takeover. It will be amazing to see the place come alive with the work….a true collective effort led Sean Worral

THE ORGAN

play_warehouse01Play will be a two day show in an East London Warehouse, A big empty warehouse, right by London Fields.  The exhibition happens of Saturday 6th June and Sunday 7th June

What is Play about then? Simple really, a coming together, an art show, an art event and the gathering of artists to create an art exhibition in a soon to be pulled down East London warehouse.  At the start of this year Cultivate, our art space in Vyner Street, closed. The space closed with very little warning, another victim of the property developers, we know it was coming (we thought we might have a little more warning). Of course the current climate, the cultural destruction and gentrification of London makes it tougher for artists to finds spaces and make things happen ourselves, the playground of empty buildings and unwanted spaces enjoyed by the YBAs back in the 90’s are all…

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Aptitude in Limbo

Aptitude in Limbo ,an audience directed performance piece, took place in Espacio Gallery as part of the Anti-Gallery Gallery Show.

The performance takes trust-exercise as its starting point, approaching the subject of freedom through letting go, and achieving complete trust, thus freeing one’s mind of the pressure and weight of responsibility, and by putting the decision into the audience’s hand it aims to achieve a sense of belonging, an instant community.

The work consists of the surface for mark-making : large white paper covering the wall and the floor, and the mark-making tool- the artist’s body with the following attachments markers on forehead,forearms and feet, paint soak sponges on knees and shoulder, plus paint tubes in hands.

The viewers are asked to draw using me as an instrument, choosing body parts and directions of movements to create marks on the paper.

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The audience took on the roll of creator without hesitation, trying to create shapes , different marks and testing the limits of my body. The marks were varied and covered the wall and floor space. I have been made to crawl, stretch and write. There were no tension and people worked together in very positive ways.

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