In Conversation #1
Maria Lind (Tensta konsthall) & Kathy Noble (Wysing Arts Centre)
Friday 23 May, 18:00
The first event in this series paired Tensta konsthall with Wysing Arts Centre, exploring the ways these two organisations work with artists and audiences, in their respective suburban and rural locations.
Maria Lind (Director) discussed the implications and results of working with contemporary art at an art center in the midst of the Stockholm suburb of Tensta. Located in a late modernist residential area with approximately 20,000 inhabitants, most of whom have a trans-local background, working at Tensta konsthall has challenged the staff to consider issues of inhabitation, embeddedness and autonomy anew.
Kathy Noble (Curator, Artists and Programmes) discussed Wysing’s programme of Retreats, with artist Jessica Wiesner, who participated in the recent Artist Masterclass Retreat – Stranger Than Fiction: Journeys from Books to Art – led by renowned Spanish artist Dora García. Wysing Arts Centre is located on a large rural site near Cambridge and includes a gallery, education and new media facilities, artists’ studios, project spaces and a 17th century farmhouse. It provides alternative environments and structures for artistic research, experimentation, discovery and production.
This strand of activity will invite two guests to physically present something that demonstrates an aspect of their organisation’s working approach, and participate within an ‘in conversation’ event. What each presents, will vary from event to event, organisation to organisation, and could for example be an object, a video, a workshop, a performance, or something else entirely.
These events are framed by a paravent – a type of folding screen – that can be reconfigured to divide the project spaces at Primary in a variety of ways.This structural device, along with what each organisation presents, provides an environment to hold the ‘in conversation’. Seeking to explore different things that affect how organisations choose to work with artists and audiences – whether they have a space or not, whether they are located in or out of a city, whether they are small or large in scale – these conversations will elucidate both what separates and connects these organisations and their approach to artistic production.