flockOmania is a solo exhibition and installation showcasing wearable sculpture which explores the relationship between Jewellery, Dance and Performance. It was created by Zoe Robertson in response to a collaborative relationship with dance artists Dr Natalie Garrett Brown and Amy Voris.
Their background in contemporary dance, movement improvisation and site based performance provided the catalyst for this body of work. The resulting jewellery is theatrically-sized to emphasise and explore themes relating to the scale and movement of the body.
The installation challenges the traditional conventions of jewellery display whereby the work hangs freely in the space rather than being contained by a glass cabinet. This creates an immersive environment which encourages performativity, audience interaction and response. Whereby the space is seen as a laboratory of making in which the dance artists improvise movement and the audience is invited to interact, to touch, to play, to wear, to explore, and to respond.
During the exhibition a series of durational dance interventions will take place leading to a grand finale. The exhibition will close with a collaborative improvised performance bringing together sound, light, photography and film artists. Working across art forms these artists will create an atmospheric, dynamic environment within which the dancers will explore the ever- changing relationships between object, body and space.
Opens at the Parkside Gallery, Birmingham, UK on Monday 22nd February 2016 to Friday 1st April 2016
Live improvised interventions with the dance artists will take place in the gallery between 2pm and 5pm on the following days.
- Wednesday 24th February
- Wednesday 2nd March
- Wednesday 9th March
The finale – an improvised performance will take place bringing together Sound, Light, Film and Movement on Thursday 17th March 2016 from 6 – 8pm