As the Offset exhibition opens at G39, Cardiff.
Gethin the mechanic taking part in the olfactory workshop
The Pobol Prism Residency concludes with an exhibition of the documents and artefacts produced by the guest artist and the actor/characters who inhabit the fictional village .
October 4th – 31st 2014
private view 3rd October 2014
G39 Gallery, Oxford Street, Cardiff CF 24 3DT
Sitting waiting for my call to be part of the background action in the Deri bar, the calmest work environment I have ever witnessed. I got notes too, after the rehearsal, a more cheerful exit performance was required. It was a brief but memorable moment close to the end of the residency.
Currently I am editing the footage shot by Emyr Jenkins and myself though out the residency, I do not tire of hearing the actors voices, engaging and eloquent, they have much to say about their relationship to their characters and their craft.
BLOC 5 on Exhibition Y Ll Celf 2014
The intricate logistics of a serial drama production, with a cast of 32 characters, are eloquently communicated in detail by Ynyr Williams, the series producer of Pobol y Cwm. BLOC 5 consists of 2 white boards containing all the vital data required by a team of scriptwriters, in order for them to create 24 episodes of the series. Throughout the duration of the exhibition at 1pm daily a member of the Pobol y Cwm production team will be present to explain the data on the boards, an index to highly structured creativity.
Thinking aloud, is the creation of an artwork only worth instigating if there is something at stake? If so, when working in a participatory context can risks be taken, as the outcomes no only affect the artist but all of those who voluntarily collaborate.
Building risk into the design of a project is not something I had considered very carefully before entering into a participatory process, the question of will they won’t they want to play? Has felt enough of a risk in itself. It’s only now having instigated a number of actor focused studio sessions over a six month period, that it am thinking of what risk taking might mean in this context.
Drawing in the Green Room on 7th May, unusually the television was off. Actors popped in to pick up their mail from the pigeon holes near the door, if they saw me they greeted me warmly. Up to this point in the Residency I had not spent more than 10 minutes in the room talking to actors. One the actors volunteered to help measure the space, the closest he has come to getting involved in the project. Maybe looking busy and in need of assistance, could be an effective strategy for drawing participants into activities.