Much of visual artist, Clare Charnley’s, work is made with the public or in collaboration with foreigners. Her work with Brazilian artist Patricia Azevedo includes simple performance to Skype camera. Venues include The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool: Belfast Exposed Gallery, Belfast: The Tetley Leeds: Johalla Projects Gallery, Chicago: Binaural, Portugal: PNEM Sound Art Festival, Netherlands and Platforma London.
I come with a jumble of ideas and half-questions… and am happy to respond to others’ starting points. I propose that we locate our area of inquiry through scratching our heads together, talking and tryouts. I am interested in the dynamics of collaboration itself.
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Are you an Artist, Scientist, Technologist/ Maker or Other?
A visual artist. It’s good that the type of activities artists undertake are continually changing but this makes it difficult to come up with a definition… maybe an artist is someone who uses actions, images and/or objects to engage with the world and try to make sense of it.
Summarise what areas of Science/ Technology/ Art are you looking to explore?
I am really open on this. And happy to respond to others’ starting points. I propose that we locate our area of inquiry through scratching our heads together, talking and tryouts. So the little list below is an indication of approach rather than a plan; Recently I have been thinking about risk. Or more specifically perceptions of risk. The relationship between risk and public levels of fear. I have observed with interest the rhythm of pace-breath-conversation as participants walk around monastic cloisters. Symmetry; its ubiquity, its limits. It feels as if there is something profound here. Questions – are they the only sound starting point for research? I f so, should we consider unsound starting points? Are questions sometimes too prescriptive, too confident, too smug? Can they miss the point? What about wondering? I am interested in the dynamics of collaboration itself.
Why do you want to take part ASMbly Lab?
I would like to work with someone (or more than one person) from a background that is new to me. The idea is that our different approaches and experiences come together forming a creative situation in which new work evolves. In my experience of making collaborative or dialogic work, it can take a period of discussion, play and try-outs before the focus becomes apparent.
Sometimes, in cross-disciplinary work, the artist’s role becomes reduced to that of illustrator – i.e to provide visuals for another discipline’s insights. However I feel that art is capable of much more; like any other practice, art’s job is to explore. The art process becomes enriched by doing this in collaboration with other perspectives and processes.
Is this a new/ existing project, artwork or piece of research?
Are you looking for collaborators?
Yes, I’m definitely looking for collaborators, though not people from specific disciplines. More, I’m interested in working with people with different understandings and approaches to me.
I bring practical skills in recording and editing audio and video: experience of performing live and to camera: writing skills: expertise in physical processes and making, and a love of physical problem solving. Both as a collaborator and a lecturer I have experience of sharing ideas with others. And I am used to entering areas I know little about – as an undergraduate in Fine Art, I persuaded my lecturers to enrol me on a day release course in sub-atomic physics. Since then I have worked with a theatre producer, a roofer, a film make-up artist, mechanical engineers, a dancer, workers in a furniture factory and more. I am interested to see what happens as people ideas and objects move between places and initiated a five year performance project about cultural ignorance, made in collaboration with artists, theorists and curators in other countries. This led to ‘So communication… translating each others’ words’, a book of commissioned essays, short stories, artworks etc. funded by Arts Council England. Many of my projects involve approaching strangers and fabricating objects or situations in order to generate discussion.
Where are you based?