Colette Sadler (Stammer Productions) in association with Feral are supporting X3 Scottish based artists within the first 5 years of their professional practice as part of Present Futures Digital 2021. Each Associateship will offer a tailored package encompassing a research and development bursary, residency space, mentorship and an opportunity to present research and or be part of an artist panel over the festival weekend. Artist Associateships will have a focus or enquiry that speaks to the curatorial thematics of Present Futures Digital 2021 outlined below.
The x3 Present Futures Associateships will support:
Through the Present Futures Associateship, Laura will spend time investigating movement practices and approaches to <body>heat generation and exchange between their body and sheet copper metal during movement and rest. Using thermostatic imaging to record, document and instigate an approach to working with the metal, Laura will attempt to combine thermostatic and somatic information to develop a choreographic relationship with the material; studying the effects that heating and cooling have on their disabled body and the copper to enable movement. This research comprises the initial stages of development for a new work in which Laura will durationally perform with the copper metal, bending, heating, cooling, resting and imprinting on one another over time.
Clarinda explores entangled existence from body to plurality. She sees herself as a translator, sponge, rock, lying porous, absorbing and generating information, connecting fluidity in physical soft-edged boundaries. In this process, reimagining care within a structure of sustainability and restorative justice. Occupy movements and algae are her current research areas.
Siri Black's work is the love child of pure anachronism and technophilia. She works across analog and digital photography, film and sound to create installations that seek to trace instances of the couching of state power with technological prowess. Important is the detritus left in the wake of accelerated progress; the gaps of archives, the not so easily translate-able entanglements.
This programme is supported by Creative Scotland, The Work Room, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Goethe-Institut Glasgow, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Tramway.
Curation: Colette Sadler and Producers: Feral
“The Contemporary Performance Practice programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is delighted to be a partner in this new associateship offering space, mentorship and the opportunity to disseminate work at the Present Futures festival for artists up to five years after graduation. Finding ways to support artists to continue to make new work is more important than ever as the arts community navigates this unprecedented time”. Dr. Laura Bissell, Lecturer in Contemporary Performance Practice
“At this time, more than ever, the importance of collaboration and supportive, generous working approaches are vital. The Work Room is pleased to be working with Stammer Productions in supporting the associate artists residencies as part of Present Futures, along with the CCA, Goethe and RCS. We look forward to seeing the ideas that Clarinda and Laura develop through this and in sharing in the events planned for Present Futures in February 2021.” The Work Room
"Goethe-Institut Glasgow is delighted to collaborate with Stammer Productions, along with the CCA, Work Room and RCS, in supporting one associate artist whose practice or biography is related to both Scotland and Germany in order to reinforce the ongoing cultural exchange between Europe and the UK. We're looking forward to working with the Berlin-born and Glasgow based visual artist Siri Black." Goethe-Institut Glasgow
“CCA is delighted to be partnering the Present Futures Associates to support residencies for Clarinda Tse, Laura Fisher and Siri Black via Creative Scotland's Performing Arts Relief Fund” Centre for Contemporary Arts
ABOUT PRESENT FUTURES
Present Futures Digital 2021 (Glasgow) is the fourth edition of a multi - disciplinary art event curated by Colette Sadler and produced by Feral. The 2021 digital edition will happen from 5th - 7th Feb 2021. This iteration of the festival will be re-imagined as a virtual space and prism through which the local and global can come together to consider post humanism, bodily representation and speculative futures with artistic experimentation at its core.
Presenting a programme of performance, artist moving image, immersive audio, online discussion and workshops the digital edition of Present Futures will highlight Scottish and International artists whose work operates between performance, film, visual art and sound. The 2021 festival will continue an artistic and scientific enquiry into the field of human/non-human relations and entanglements. What is the future of relationships between human and artificial agencies? How do we position ourselves as individuals and collectively within an ever evolving post-humanist world view? How are artists utilising virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotic engineering and synthetic biology to probe hybridisation and new interspecies relations? To what extent are artists reflecting utopian or dystopian futures in their work.