Our collaboration with Granville Sports College on the Derbyshire digital arts project, D_LAB ended with a showing of work by young people at the beginning of February 2017, at our base in Swadlincote. The group of young people worked alongside artist Jennifer Booth to co-author a performance installation that explored gender and identity. Set in a Theatre D’ombre made of 200 cardboard boxes the work invited audience to enter the intimate space and question gender and identity issues that the group wished to explore. Below is a video documenting the day and audience reactions to the work.
In October half-term 2016, students worked to create material to be projected into a Theatre D’ombre. Over three days students worked to record shadow imagery, wire sculpture and movement in a beautiful dome made of recycled cardboard boxes. This work was reproduced and developed for a showing on the 4th March 2017.
Here is an artist statement produced by the group:
Installation and animation title: “Is that really necessary…?”
“Is that really necessary to pop a balloon in my face, and place my gender in a box!”
In the Spanish Language there is no gender neutral, every object is assigned male or female.
The individual can be gender neutral.
We have created an installation with which to display our abstract animation, looking at the beauty of the shadows and the light that we project as individuals not specific to gender, race, or sexual orientation.
We are all abstractions, and project something different according to the light and dark. We are all unfixed!
Purple Waltz & Pizza Bats Productions
D-Lab an online platform, is Arts Derbyshire’s three year visual arts project bringing new digital art to Derbyshire. It showcases a range of innovative artists’ projects using digital media, acts as a network for digital artists and artists who are new to digital media, commissions new work from artists, co-commissions work with other digital arts organisations, and is working with four Derbyshire secondary schools on projects with young people
People Express is one of four partners, the other partners are QUAD, Junction Arts and First Movement/Level Centre.
The project has been funded by Arts Council England and supported by Arts Derbyshire and Derbyshire County Council.