Art Confined and Feral Futures- social art in a time of social distance

May-Aug 2020

A socially engaged live-art / craft project conceived and facilitated by Lady Kitt

Created through collaboration with Sofia Barton, Sarah Li, Adam Carruthers, Kev Howard, Finn Ratford, Edwin Li

and members of the DGA.

 

Together over the last 5 months we’ve scrummaged around in and played about with the question:

 

“How the hell do we “do” social practice in a socially distanced world?”

Through text, images, video and a publication (available as a free PDF download HERE) we've documented some of the stuff that’s happen so far. We also suggest and imagine things we could all do to build and nourish creative connections (or “creative intimacies”), even when we find ourselves physically apart.

 

For us, it’s vital to carry on finding and sharing tools and actions that tenderly incite and fiercely care for these precious and delicately unfolding points of contact.

These collaborations resulted in the creation of a series of 3D paper objects, shared via post. We all made photographs/ performances/ installations incorporating these objects, shared via digital technology. Everything we created and documented was done in isolation, at our individual homes during lockdown. After social distancing restrictions eased, a giant paper "shrine", combining the objects created through the project, was installed by Lady Kitt and Sarah Li at Star and Shadow Cinema (Newcastle, UK). The installation was created in accordance with social distancing measures at the time and was never open to the public. Instead it is being shared  (in October 2020) in a publication and online exhibition commissioned by DISCONSORTIA*.

The project was facilitated by Kitt using their “From Abstract to Object”** methodology. During this project a variety of interesting, useful, beautiful and funny stuff happened, including:

  • Individual images of performance/ installations

  • A giant collaborative sculptural installation

  • New working relationships/ connections and friendships

  • Some resources for doing social art/ participatory practice/ collaborative craftivism /art-with-people with social distance

  • Some ideas for using socially distanced, collaborative crafting as a catalyst for organisational policy development

  • Book of images and texts documenting the activity of the project and sharing some of the ideas and resources created, grown and gathered

 

 

Funded by Arts Council England through an Emergency Response grant and supported through commissions from Durham University and *DISCONSORTIA (a consortium of 18 North East based disabled artists)

**“I think therefore I am not that wax” or “From Abstract to Object”: Inspired by the Cartesian “wax argument” this is a physical approach to abstract ideas, devised by Lady Kitt. Using hand crafting as a method for solidifying theoretical knowledge / understandings. Considering the impact of specific ideas on humans/ non human animals &  environments by asking simply- “if this idea was an object, what object would it be?”.

© 2020 by Lady Kitt