Half way through our workshop sessions working towards the exciting Maze of Mirrors for Unity Day!
During our 1st session we had a LOT of fun thinking of key words and ideals for our Utopia (ie. putting the world to rights!) which continued into the 2nd session with Kerri & Molly gathering some excellent contributions and thoughts from the crowds in Hyde Park! We’ve had everything from ‘no politicians’ to ‘more leopards climbing trees’….
Translating the words into Thomas More’s Utopian alphabet has been an interesting challenge too, we realised that the letters ‘u’ and ‘w’ weren’t used much in the 16th century…, so Margaret designed some Utopian alternatives for us to use.
The construction of our optical illusions are underway! We looked at artworks by Marcel Duchamp and Ludwig Lindley alongside some amazing examples of antique phenkistoscope designs and will use these to create some large scale ‘tricks of the eye’ to hypnotise our audience with our Utopian values!
Exciting project for Unity Day 2014 with Swarthmore Education Centre! I’m looking to put together a creative team for a series of free workshop sessions over the next few weeks, so that we can design and build a large, sculptural Maze of Mirrors! The maze will also contain a number of hand made optical illusions which will convey secret messages using the Utopian language created by Thomas More in his sixteenth century book which described a fictional island society in which everything, apparently, was perfect…
If you are interested in taking part please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 243 2210. The sessions will be best enjoyed if you are able to make all of them, but if you can only make one or two it will still be great to have you!
For this free, drop-in activity as part of The Tetley’s Springboard Saturdays I invited participants to imagine and create their own country, with invented maps, flags, laws and languages and contributing to a ‘brave new world’!
The workshop included a range of artistic activities suitable for all ages including map drawing, writing creatively, large scale flag painting, book-making and contributing to a collaborative artwork. Alongside the activities I installed a reading corner with family friendly Utopian/Dystopian fiction will be available for inspiration, along with music and sounds taken from films such as Metropolis, Logan’s Run and The Matrix.
This workshop was inspired by themes present in The Tetley’s current New Reality programme; the exhibition Down Time by artist Ben Cain & Rob Kennedy’s ongoing Production Residency.