ArmatureLIVE – What is Live Art?

Access2Arts is seeking expressions of interest from emerging and established Deaf and disabled artists to be a part of ArmatureLIVE. Participants will undertake a series of workshops, then under the guidance of a Live Art mentor participate in a self-driven collaborative Live Art project with a public outcome. 

That sound great, but it beggers the question – What is Live Art?

“Live Art combines a lot of different art practices and all kinds of artists”, explains Access2Arts Creative, Gaelle Mellis. It is experimental, embracing risk, challenge and failure.”

Live Art is largely influenced by contemporary Performance Art and many visual artists have started to use their own bodies in their work to make more performance style work, breaking with traditional ways of making art. Many performers and theatre makers have also started to use Live Art as a way of making art and theatre, which challenges the usual boundaries and rules of performance. This includes making work which is out in public and which engages with people in the street as the audience.

Using live art, artists working in all manner of artistic disciplines, create;

  • new artistic models,
  • new languages for the representation of ideas and identities, and
  • new strategies for activating audiences and intervening in public life.

“Live Art is one of the most innovative areas of creative practice today” said Meg Wilson, Artist and coordinator of Access2Arts’ ArmatureLIVE project. “Through ArmatureLIVE Deaf and disabled interdisciplinary artists will develop an understanding of live art, then working with an experienced live art practitioner be mentored in the development of their own live art project with a public outcome.”

Six leaders in the Live Art movement Alison Currie, Josephine Were, Steve Mayhew, Ray Harris, Sasha Grbich and Heidi Angove will be involved in the project as workshop facilitators and mentors.

“This is going to be such an exiting project and the potential outcomes for Deaf and disabled artists in South Australia”, said Gaelle. “Through ArmatureLIVE we will bring artists, who may work with art forms like performance and dance, painting, photography, sound (for example) to work together with other artists who use different art forms. This interdisciplinary process will create new and exciting experiences  for everyone. It will create new ways of thinking about art and ideas.”

Access2Arts is now seeking expressions of interest from emerging and established Deaf and disabled interdisciplinary artists to be a part of ArmatureLIVE. To be considered for inclusion in the ArmatureLIVE program you must submit an expression of interest application form. Expressions of interest are DUE on Friday 5th September so start your application now! 

To find out more about ArmatureLIVE, follow this LINK to the Access2Arts website.

Image: Shotgun, Josephine Were, 2014, live art performance at The Mill, Adelaide.
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Armature#2 Paste Ups

Armature#2 participant Chris Dyke captured this short video of him pasting-up his photograph in Anster Street as part of the Armature Portrait Paste-up exhibition.

Images of the installation of all the exhibition’s paste-ups were taken by participant Leon Woods, and can be found on Pinterest.

If you haven’t seen the exhibition, held as part of SALA and as an independently organised INSIDE OUT project group action, check out more details on the exhibition on the EVENTS page or better yet get down to Anster Street before August 29.

If you are a Deaf or disabled artist and are interested in  contemporary arts practice, apply to be a part of ArmatureLIVE. Follow this LINK to find out more.

Armature#2 Inside Out

We are artists who face barriers. Deaf and disabled people contribute a richness and diversity to the arts and cultural sector.

We want to increase cultural participation of Deaf and disabled people by building capacity for arts engagement through innovative models of familiarisation with arts, arts participation, arts making and the use of integrated accessible communications. – Statement by  Armature#2 artists.

Some of Adelaide’s Deaf and disabled artists, all participants in Access2Arts 2013/14 Armature program have joined about 200,000 people, from over 112 countries globally to participate a large-scale, participatory art project, INSIDE OUT.

INSIDE OUT offers people from across the globe the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for, sharing their untold stories and transforming messages of personal identity into works of public art. INSIDE OUT was the brainchild of JR, a semi-anonymous French street artist, began his career as a teenage graffiti artist and describes himself as a described himself as a “photograffeur”. His work combines art and action and deals with commitment, freedom, identity and limits.

During TED2011, after winning the TED Prize, JR made his daring wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. He called for the creation of a global participatory art project with the potential to change the world – INSIDE OUT.

Now in 2014 the participants in the Armture#2 project independently organised an Inside Out Project Group Action to share the spirit of JR’s wish in Adelaide. Armature Artists Joanne Chua, Chelle Destefano, Chris Dyke, Jenny Georgi, Lorcan Hopper, David Paul Jobling, James Kurtze, Ad’m Martin, Kirsty Martinsen, John McMahon, John Willanski and Leon Woods paste-up their portraits to support artists facing barriers. And they are using the SALA festival to face-off with Adelaide.

Follow the links to find out more about the Inside Out project or to hear JR’s 2011 TED TALK.

The  Armature Portrait Paste-up opens on Saturday 2 August 2014 at 3pm at Anster Street (lane way off of Waymouth Street, Adelaide) and can be seen until 29 August 2014. Find out more on the Access2Arts EVENTS page or read the first hand experiences of Armature#2 participant, David Paul Jobling.

The Armature#2 project was funded through a grant from Arts SA’s Richard Llewellyn Arts and Disability program.

Feisty Artists Get Visible

Guest Blogger: David Paul Jobling

I believe a majority of people don’t think about art because it doesn’t get promoted or seen as often as it should, compared to sports, for example. I think the same is true about disability and the work of disabled artists!

I wish someone would remind broadcasters and commentators on television, in radio and print that arts are actually ‘social media’ and that they’ve been around much longer than Instagram or Facebook. The same is true of disabled artists. We’re all over the place, yet our work faces the same barriers as we do. It gets overlooked when it needs to be looked at. Can you tell if a painting has been painted by a Deaf person? Do all paintings by disabled artists look the same?

One valuable lesson I brought home from my participation in Access2Arts’ Armature program was how necessary it is to be visible and easy to approach. From August 2013 until July 2014, Armature program artists have been meeting regularly, attending exhibitions, discussing how we create our own work and meeting a terrific range of mentors who have been very generous with their knowledge and skills.

As a very mixed group of disabled artists we’ve been able to talk about how we and view art. I certainly know more now than I did at the start of the program. A common thing we all face are barriers to participating in creative opportunities. We are a feisty group so we’re smashing through that particular barrier by being seen on equal terms. As a group of artists we have taken the opportunity to be part of the global, participatory ‘Inside Out’ project and exhibit our contribution during the South Australian Living Arts Festival, SALA.

The ‘Inside Out’ project brings art out onto the street in an exciting way. We appear in portraits that have been taken in front of the old inner-spring of a mattress. The inner-spring could be interpreted in many ways; I think of it as the armature, the supporting framework a sculptor uses when building a sculpture. The program we have been doing is named after that framework. I like seeing the idea support of Armature (the program) visible in the background in our portraits. It speaks to me.

Visibility for any artist is difficult to get. For visual artists, writers, film makers, designers, performing artists and so on, experiencing disability have the added barriers to this visibility. How are perceived by the general public? How is their work seen? How, where, why and when is it seen? And when it is seen how is it viewed?

Through the Armature exhibition we encourage everyone to look at us face to face on our terms and if you think we look good (which we do) you should see our work!

Find out more about the Armature Portrait Paste-up exhibition on the Events page.

David Jobling is a writer, actor, director and visual artist. He has been a participant in the 2013/14 Armature program, part of the team that have produced the Spoke Word Festival, and is an avid tweeter.