2-hour Online Workshop led by Elly Clarke

12 Apr 2023

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Wed, 12 Apr
18:00 – 20:00

Timezone: Europe/London

Free admission

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Hosted by: Axisweb

Please visit Eventbrite to sign up to this workshop. Places are limited.

This April we are delighted to invite artist and Axis member Elly Clarke into our community to lead on events and activities


This event will take place online via Zoom

Elly Clarke is an artist interested in the performance and burden (‘the drag’) of the physical body in a digitally mediated world, as well as what Elly calls the ‘snapping-to-grid’ of templates both offline and online. Elly explores this through video, analogue and digital photography, music, community-based projects and #Sergina, a multi-bodied, border-straddling drag queen who sings and performs songs about love, lust and loneliness in the mesh of hyper-dis/connection. View Elly's Axis portfolio here

  • Would you like to learn how to curate an online -group- exhibition?
  • Would you like to take part in an online exhibition this April at Axis?
  • Would you like to learn tips on how to write without fear?

Sign-up for this 2-hour workshop on Zoom, led by artist Elly Clarke which leads up to an online exhibition!

Workshop Description:

In this workshop we will collectively and playfully curate / conjure up an exhibition out of (found) objects taken (/brought) from y/our homes or workspaces.

Through individual and collective writing, (non-scary) role play and discussion, we will explore the stories these objects might tell – alone, and in dialogue with others.

We will imag[in]e these objects in different (dis)guises – [different drags] - the art object, the archival fragment, the historical artefact, the evidence, and other outfits that may emerge out of this gathering.

And then we will set them together as an exhibition, complete with interpretative texts and a collectively-written curatorial statement.

Aims of this workshop:

  • To show how an exhibition can be put together remotely, and collaboratively. To have fun.
  • To write without fear. To ask many questions about (everyday) objects. To think about them in dialogue.

Learning outcomes:

  • To learn about various methods of distanced collaboration, including Zoom and RisePad
  • To create a plan for an online exhibition complete with ‘interpretative’ texts and intro text in 2 hours.
  • To think about objects through time. Imagining the(m in the) past, imagining the(m) in the future through objects that are (in the) present.
  • To create something with strangers.

Suitable for:

  • Artists and creatives of all disciplines.

In preparation for the workshop, please do the following:

  • Sign up! :) That way, a zoom link can be sent to you closer to the time.
  • Please find/bring two objects from your home/work space, and an image of them in any media.
  • The object can be an apple or an outdated piece of tech. It can be a painting by you, a cleaning product. Or anything you feel could tell some interesting stories, along and in dialogue with others.
  • Keep this object in your mind over the next couple of days and imagine it in different settings, different historical periods, even, perhaps.
  • To save time on the day, please upload the images of your objects ahead of the workshop to this shared folder [HERE].
  • Title your file by an object description but not your name.
  • Everyone can have their cameras on and be visible during the workshop
  • You can control whether you are seen or heard, by turning your camera and audio on or off.
  • This workshop will NOT be recorded

This workshop is inspired by Elly Clarke’s exhibition Dragging the Archive: a personal re:encounter with Franklin Furnace’s cyber beginnings, which presented objects from deep storage as Readymade sculptures alongside faded faxes and a 1990s modem – among other things.

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