Syllabus III will be at Iniva in London during the weekend of 21-24 June. Please note we have selected the participants for Syllabus III.
Syllabus III artists Frederica Agbah, Chris Alton, Conor Baird, Ilker Cinarel, Phoebe Davies, Freya Dooley, Rose Gibbs, Jill McKnight, Ben Sanderson and Karis Upton are visiting Iniva in London for their next retreat.
18.30-20.30 Research Network Reading Group This reading group will focus on the concept of 'cure', and its relationship to radical self-care, through the writings of Black lesbian poet Audre Lorde and queer disability activist Eli Clare. All readings are read together in the group, you don’t need to read them in advance. Please note this event is open to the public. Full details can be found here.
Morning Q&A session with Trevor Mathison at Iniva’s Stuart Hall Library
Trevor will screen ‘The Last Angel of History’ by Black Audio Film Collective (45 minutes). He will then speak about his work with BAFC and his more recent projects, in particular Dreamed Native Ancestry, an installation and programme critically addressing and re-thinking contemporary issues around race, migration, biopolitics and culture, through an Afrofuturist science fiction narrative and deep history perspective.
Afternoon introduction to the Stuart Hall Library collection with Stephanie Moran/ zine-making workshop
This is an opportunity to explore the collection, in particular the zine collection. Paper, glue, scissors will be provided. Feel free to use the photocopier.
Evening performative workshop with Larry Achiampong at Iniva’s Stuart Hall Library
The focus will be centred on listening, followed by a short session looking at audio sampling and beatmaking and how sampling is important to Larry’s practice. The artists are asked to bring a vinyl record/an audio track and be prepared to play one track (5mins). Each artist will have time to talk about the track, what they are listening to at the moment, or what sound means to them (artistically or otherwise).
Morning meditation led by Syllabus III artist Fred Agbah
Screening of films in the Stuart Hall Library collection
Afternoon performative workshop with Evan Ifekoya
This session will explore the idea of 'abundance' as it relates to Evan’s life and creative work. It's the starting point for their upcoming exhibition at Gasworks. Evan will start the session by
doing a short presentation on the subject of abundance. The artists are asked to bring something in that relates to responds to this word - it could be a sound, an image, an extract of text or a physical object.
Morning Q&A session with Barby Asante at Camden Arts Centre
Barby will present her practice which explores the archival, makes propositions, collects and maps stories and contributions of people of colour using storytelling, collective actions, and ritual, to excavate, unearth and interrogate given narratives. By making these narratives visible, asking questions and making proposals she is interested in what these possibilities offer as we examine our present and envision our futures.
Trevor Mathison is an artist primarily working with audio and digital media. He has been a member of noted artistic collectives such as Flow Motion, and the Black Audio Film Collective. Established in 1982 by a group of Black British and diaspora artists and film makers, BAFC produced an extraordinary body of films and mixed media projects that investigated black identity and culture in Britain. Mathison’s radical approach to sound was crucial to BAFC’s work from the very beginning. Combining the history of black musics with elements of dub, musique concrète and industrial noise, his soundtracks (which he once called 'post-soul noise’) move with ease across cultural and generational divisions. He also works as part of Dubmorphology and Mission//Misplaced Memory.
Larry Achiampong's solo and collaborative projects employ imagery, aural and visual archives, live performance and sound to explore ideas surrounding class, cross-cultural and post-digital identity. Achiampong has exhibited, performed and presented projects within the UK and abroad including Tate Britain/Modern, London; The Institute For Creative Arts, Cape Town; The British Film Institute, London; David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation, Accra; Logan Center Exhibitions, Chicago; Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans; Diaspora Pavilion – 57th Venice Biennale, Venice; and Somerset House, London. He completed a BA in Mixed Media Fine Art at University of Westminster in 2005 and an MA in Sculpture at Slade School of Fine Art in 2008. He lives and works in London and has been a tutor on the Photography MA programme at The Royal College of Art since 2016. Achiampong currently serves on the board of trustees at Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) and is represented by C Ø P P E R F I E L D.
Evan Ifekoya’s current work investigates the possibility of an erotic and poetic occupation using film, performative writing and sound, focused on co- authored, intimate forms of knowledge production and the radical potential of spectacle.
Ifekoya’s recent work has been presented at: Contemporary Arts Centre New Orleans as part of Prospect 4; Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, New Art Exchange, Nottingham; Plymouth Arts Centre; Serpentine Galleries, London; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridgeshire; (2017); Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; and Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town (2016). Recent performances have taken place at Brunel Museum as part of Block Universe in collaboration with Victoria Sin, Camden Arts Centre (2018), ICA London and KW institute, Berlin (2017) and Jerwood Space, London and Whitstable Biennial (2016). Ifekoya was an Art Foundation Fellow in Live Art, 2017.
Forthcoming is a solo exhibition ‘Ritual Without Belief’ at Gasworks Gallery, London opening July 2018 and a public art commission with Studio Voltaire and Lambeth Council, part of Clapham Public Realm Programme to launch Autumn 2018.
Barby Asante is a London based artist, curator, educator and occasional DJ. Her work is concerned with the politics of place, space, identity and the histories and legacies of colonialism making work that is collaborative, performative and dialogic. Her current artistic research As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence : For Ama. For Aba. For Charlotte and Adjoa, is being realised in a series of project episodes. The project explores the social, cultural and political agency of women of colour, as they navigate historic legacies of colonialism, independence, migration and the contemporary global socio political climate, through performative actions that engage with historic spaces, archives and collections. Asante has also taught on fine art programmes in London, Berlin, Gothenburg and Rotterdam. She is co-founder of agency for agency a collaborative agency concerned with ethics, intersectionality and education in the contemporary arts who are mentors to the sorryyoufeeluncomfortable collective. Asante is also on the board of the Women's Art Library and Associate Curator at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning.