Find out more about Vishal’s work by visiting his studio.
Jamie Wyld (Vital Capacities’ director): Thanks for being part of the Vital Capacities residency programme! Can you say a little about yourself and your work, perhaps in relation to what you are thinking about doing during the residency?
My practice engages moving image, performance, sound, installation and textiles and explores the intersection of politics and feelings, tackling perceptibly static subjects such as history, nationalism and power, through affect, desire and collective memory – informed by my own experience as a queer woman and immigrant to the UK from Eastern Europe. I am interested in the capacity of art to move us through our shared vulnerabilities and enable us to problematise how history is written and traditions represented.Continue reading “Interview with artist Katarzyna Perlak”
We will be delivering our third residency programme on Vital Capacities – bringing together artists from UK/Poland, India and Taiwan, which will take place throughout May 2021. Artists will be experimenting with ideas, developing new projects and sharing work with audiences. The artists are:Continue reading “New international artists for May 2021”
Disability Arts International’s Joe Turnbull spoke with videoclub and Vital Capacities’ director, Jamie Wyld about the development of Vital Capacities. Read the article on Disability Arts International.
Inside Your Body is an exhibition of work created by Jaene F. Castrillon, Damien Robinson, Clifford Sage and Angela Su during a month-long online residency on Vital Capacities in November 2020.
The exhibition can be seen on the exhibition page from 7 December 2020.
Jaene F Castrillon introduces their practice and what they’re going to be doing during the residency, to find out more visit Jaene’s studio: https://vitalcapacities.com/artists/jaene-castrillon/studio/
Damien Robinson talks briefly about her work and residency with Vital Capacities and what she’s working on.
Find out more about Damien Robinson and her work in her studio: https://vitalcapacities.com/artists/damien-robinson/studio/
Clifford Sage talks about his work and what he’s exploring while on his residency with Vital Capacities – see more about his work in his studio: https://vitalcapacities.com/artists/clifford-sage/studio/
Angela Su talks briefly about her work and residency with Vital Capacities and Videotage (Hong Kong), where she’s exploring Minecraft as a creative space.
Find out more about Angela Su and her work in her studio: https://vitalcapacities.com/artists/angela-su/studio/
Jamie Wyld (Vital Capacities director): Thanks for being part of the Vital Capacities residency programme! Can you say a little about yourself and your work, perhaps in relation to what you’re thinking about doing during the residency?
Jaene Castrillon: I am a 2Spirit interdisciplinary artist, activist, author & award winning filmmaker who explores my relationship to the world through Indigenous teachings, ceremony and the wisdom of the land. I describe myself as a settler to Turtle Island of mixed heritages (indigenous Colombian & Hong Kong Chinese) who was raised on the teachings of Elder Isaac Day of Serpent River First Nations.
Jamie Wyld (Vital Capacities’ director): Really great to have you as part of the Vital Capacities residency programme! Can you say a little about yourself and your work, perhaps in relation to what you’re thinking about doing during the residency?
Damien Robinson: Hi Jamie! Thank you for asking me to take part!
I’m Damien, I’m a visual artist working with mixes of digital and non-digital approaches. My practice was originally print-based and I used to make three-dimensional work; over time I began incorporating digital processes, particularly around using discarded technologies and open-source software. I was lucky enough to get the chance to work with Mediashed, which was really forward thinking in terms of artist collaboration and teaching us about free media concepts. As a deaf artist I’d had little access to formal learning; even during my degree I wasn’t allowed to learn about or use huge amounts of equipment because I apparently constituted a health and safety risk, so I went about a lot of things the “wrong way”. The Mediashed experience involved thinking differently about hardware and software, so I began enjoying mis-using processes and technologies, something I still do now.Continue reading “Interview with Damien Robinson”
Jamie Wyld (Vital Capacities’ director): Thanks for being part of the Vital Capacities residency programme! Can you say a little about yourself and your work, perhaps in relation to what you’re thinking about doing during the residency?
Clifford Sage: I’m Clifford, a CGI artist, currently working with moving image through animation and interactive worlds. My work is often sound-based and audio generative. I am interested in using game dynamics in my practice and the potential of virtual world building and non- linear narrative through story-telling. My hope is to use game mechanics to generate an immersive audio experience, utilizing and experimenting with alternate timelines.Continue reading “Interview with Clifford Sage”
Jamie Wyld: Thanks for being part of the Vital Capacities residency programme! Can you say a little about yourself and your work, perhaps in relation to what you’re thinking about doing during the residency?
Angela Su: I am an artist who wears many hats. I make drawings, videos and I’ve also worked on a couple of publication projects. Science, the history of science, the impact of technology and the transformative body are the recurring themes in my work. As gaming and activism collide in recent years, I’ve become interested in the world of gaming and the idea of how coding can change not only the laws of the virtual world, but people’s behaviours in the physical world. On the other hand, as gamers provide entertainment and content for video games, the boundary of work and play has thus been blurred, these game labourers are often unpaid because the owners of the game often gain economic benefits from players’ contributions. I am fascinated by all these different aspects of gaming. It’s a huge topic.Continue reading “Interview with artist, Angela Su”
Seecum Cheung has launched a new studio, designed by Oli Pyle based on ideas from Seecum. The building represents a residential block in Shenzhen, and each window can be entered to find out more about each subject. Go to Seecum’s studio to find out more: https://vitalcapacities.com/artists/seecum-cheung/studio/
Our second residency programme on Vital Capacities brings together artists from the UK, Canada and Hong Kong, taking place between 2 Nov and 10 Dec 2020. Artists will be exploring ideas across the period, sharing work with audiences. Find out more about the artists in this programme…Continue reading “Intro to latest artists in residence”
Park McArthur & Constantina Zavitsanos’ film, Scores for Carolyn appears in PRESENTS exhibition.
“Scores for Carolyn is a short open captioned video playlist of instructional scores for care with two or more people.Continue reading “Watch ‘Scores for Carolyn’ in the ‘PRESENTS’ exhibition”
Panteha Abareshi’s film, Natural Disaster is included in the exhibition PRESENTS, which can be seen now.Continue reading “PRESENTS, including Panteha Abareshi’s film”
Jamie Wyld (JW): Thanks for being part of the Vital Capacities residency programme! Can you say a little about yourself and your work, perhaps in relation to what you’re thinking about doing during the residency?
Seecum Cheung (SC): Hi Jamie, thanks for having me! I’m Seecum and I primarily work with film. I’ve never really known how to describe my work but often, I work with journalists and experts to conduct interviews with citizens, politicians and experts in a bid to understand and reflect upon certain political moments in time. My focus for VC in these months will be working from this same approach, a long-term study of the gentrification of my father’s ancestral village which began in April 2018.Continue reading “Interview with resident artist, Seecum Cheung”
PRESENTS exhibition is now open and showing on the Vital Capacities site – you can visit the exhibition, which contains eight films by 11 artists, curated by resident artist, Romily Alice Walden and COVEN collective member, Frances Breden.
PRESENTS is a screening of short video works that don’t require an abled or physically present body in order to be performative. Ten sick and disabled artists come together to expand the idea of ‘performance’, presenting work that is embodied, immediate, and present without forcing bodies to conform to ableist norms of art-making.
See the exhibition: https://vitalcapacities.com/presents/
Jamie Wyld (JW): You’re one of the first four artists to take part in Vital Capacities, how do you feel about being one of the first to take part?
Joey Holder (JH): It’s great to be asked first, as I think that this means that you trust me! When things start out, you need to work on things together with regards to the set up and development, so I am grateful that I can be part of that initial structuring. I’m excited about seeing how the project takes shape.Continue reading “Interview with resident artist, Joey Holder”