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PARADISE NOW: THIS FRIDAY 25.09.2015

M20 Collective: PARADISE NOW Press release

Daily we live and abide by a set of rules. Rules of law, rules set in place by those who govern us. Rules set in place by each other and society: Rules that go unnoticed, sometimes un-governed and sometimes un-questioned. However what happens when we begin to truly break down these rules? Can we achieve a sense of truly being in today’s society? What happens when we express ourselves outside of the rules? Out with the constraints of right and wrong and articulated through a community of contemporary artists.

In June 2015 M20 Collective submitted an online artist call out with a creative brief formed by one MMU Fine Art scholar. 13 have been chosen to part-take in the PARADISE NOW showcase.

On the 25th September 2015, M20 collective will bring together 13 Artists who have produced a range of pieces from photography collages to installations, international film screenings and illustration. This dialogical exhibition contains a select choice of creativity from Manchester and beyond. Alongside this array of visual provocations, three unique live acts including  headliners Ask My Bull, will stimulate your auditory senses with music that plays outside of genre boundaries and overlooks  the norms of the dominant music scene.

ARTISTS: Alex Lowther-Harris, Alex Webb,Cerys Thorne, Emily May, Daisy Preece,Joao Merinhos, Gemma Nethercliff, Kyle Cartilidge, Leo Robinson, Natalie Wardle, Ray Martin, James Sanders, Peter Silva and Corin Silva (Remoraflims), Alyxandra Press (Pairodocks films), Sian Leyshon and Vicky Clarke.

Curated by Rachel Ferguson and facilitated by the M20 community leaders Joel White and Yemi Bolatiwa, this evening is set to be an exciting group production; where diverse art forms are brought together to communicate one concept: PARADISE, NOW!

A £3 entry fee give will you access to this collaborative event at an impressive arts venue: The Wonder Inn, 29 Shudehill Manchester M4 2AF. Contact m20collective@gmail.com for more details.

/ t: @m20collective for further details and follow the progression #PARADISENOW .

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Artist call-out: PARADISE NOW

Attention ARTISTS, PERFORMERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, FILM MAKERS, WRITERS, THINKERS, ILLUSTRATORS! M20 Collective and Rachel Ferguson have joined forces to curate an exhibition to take place this summer. AND WE NEED YOU!
the brief

The exhibition is titled Paradise Now. We are looking for creators who question/agree with the following statement:

Daily we live and abide by a set of rules. Rules of law, rules set in place by those who govern us. Rules set in place by each other and society. Rules that go unnoticed, sometimes un-governed and sometimes un-questioned. However what happens when we begin to truly break down these rules? Can we achieve our sense of being in today’s society?
Don’t eat on the bus
Say please and thank you
Don’t take off your clothes in public
Why isn’t that person allowed to stay here?

Are we living to achieve social acceptance? Has our basic mammal instinct for curiosity been flattened by being told not to touch the wet paint? Or hasn’t it?

In the 1960s radical theatre group ‘The Living Theatre’ ran a show called ‘Paradise Now’. During the performance they shouted a series of questions at the audience: ‘Why can’t I travel without my passport?’ ‘Why cant I smoke marijuana?’ ‘Why can’t I take off my clothes?’ The performances took place in Manhattan. The performance would always be shut down by the police at the point of removal of clothes. They threw simple questions at the audience, which aimed to set in motion in the ‘common man’ a thought process: ‘wait? Why am I doing this? This is my world. This is my reality’.

THIS IS AN OPEN CALL. We would like to curate an exhibition finding creators which deal, question, and are inspired by any of the above or further afield. All neo-liberal, political, social commentary and documentation, any and all art which poses a question, which makes us question how we exist. Which makes us ask how we create our own ‘paradise’ how we create our own reality. QUESTION EVERYTHING.

DEADLINE: 24TH JULY FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS

PLEASE INCLUDE: Tech Spec for your work in your submission.

NB: M20 Collective will be providing you with the space to exhibit, unfortunately we do not have public funding for this project and therefore no budget for artists, but will facilitate the sourcing of resources that we can get for free and support all collaborators as best as possible in the run up to the show including any hospitality for the vent itself and general planning support and liaison.

Please send all submissions to the following email address;
curation.rachel@gmail.com and cc: m20collective@gmail.com

Simulacra: MAVA 2014 Exhibition

Head to Victoria Baths this weekend for a multisensory exhibition of films exploring what it is to be human

www.simulacra2014.com / @simulacra2014 / #SIMULACRA

Ornate mosaic floors, vivid stained glass windows and intricate terracotta tiles line the walls, floors and ceiling of Manchester’s Victoria Baths, “a water palace of which every citizen of Manchester can be proud”. A site which served the city’s citizens as actual swimming baths from 1906 to 1993,  the Baths have played host to a diverse variety of sporting and cultural events both before and since their current reincarnation as a much lauded arts venue. A proud testament to the creativity and adaptability of Manchester and its people both past and present, what better place than the Victoria Baths to host Simulacra, an interdisciplinary exhibition of the final work of the 2014 MAVA (Visual Anthropology Masters) students?

This weekend, 21 students from the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology will transform the Female Pool, the Turkish Rest Room and the Turkish Baths into the backdrop against which they will project their work, host discussions between the filmmakers and anthropology/film specialists and install a number of ‘Ethnographic and Sensory Media exhibits’.

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At the opening on Friday night, “a celebration of all things ethnographic”, enjoy a special welcome from anthropology professor Richard Werbner, clever choral rearrangements of popular songs from the all-female SHE choir and folky goodness from Richard Lomax. Four films will be screened: check out Living for Living, Jose Luis Fajardo’s representation of West Wales’ Lammas Ecovillage whose inhabitants are rediscovering/nurturing productive, reciprocal relationships with the land and a communal way of living most think of as long lost. See Crafting Community, an exploration of the textile industry in post-industrial Bradford and to what extent we can apply the mantra ‘making is connecting’ today. Others include Kink and Kinship for a stripped back (no pun intended!) look at sexual practices and Yours, Aye – a haggis-wielding deconstruction of Scottish identity and how it is perceived.

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Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, there are films sweeping an anthropological lens over just about everything – cycling camaraderie, man’s relationship with his cows, an Estonian Orthodox clergyman who also happens to be a hardcore world and reggae music fan, one student’s Kurdish parents’ return to Kurdistan from the Diaspora, an Italian island abandoned to time, how two children from Germany and Cairo play and interact with the urban, and so much more.

Though hugely varied in topic, it’s the symmetries between the projects that strike me. Contrast for example two films about Serbian communities/individuals. Quirky anthropological ‘road flick’ Green Goddess Odyssey presents the uplifting narrative of a Serbian family recovering its own history through their journey from London to rural Serbia in a 1950s fire truck to rally the community and create a long-needed firefighting team. Whereas we find the darker vision of another side of Serbia in Another Place which explores the difficult and all too often invisible lives of Roma people living “in a shack… in an informal settlement” – a narrative unfortunately familiar to travelling communities the continent over.

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Each tale is highly case-specific, but collectively they communicate something essential about life and living it. Simulacra is about celebrating the millions of human stories and the infinite ways of telling them – in a beautiful site that itself is almost as multifaceted.

details

Where? The Victoria Baths, Hathersage Rd, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester M13 0FE

When? 6pm, Friday 17 October – 8pm, Sunday 19 October

How much? £0!

All screenings to be followed by a Q+A with the filmmakers

Download the full programme (pdf)

Check out the Simulacra site for more info on the filmmakers

The Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology  

Bekah Murrell

Surrealist Games and Interactive Art: Play On MCR

The one good thing we can say about summer sadly leaving us is that it marks the beginning of a vast calendar for music and arts events in Manchester. And as far as things to do go in the arts scene an art exhibition that requires audience interplay, is at the top of our list.

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Play on MCR is kick-starting the new student term with a refreshing take on interactive art and exhibitions.

When: Thursday 25th September, 6pm – late
Where: 22 Red Bank, Manchester M4 4HF

Play on MCR is a group exhibition, curated by Emily Briselden-Waters and Rachel Dargavel-Leafe, presenting… Surrealist games with a twist.

The two graphic design graduates say they “feel that the world of Art and Design has become too serious and competitive. We want to re-introduce the idea of play into the practice”, (which I must say M20 Collective love as an ethos). “We are launching an experimental and interactive exhibition that does just that!”

Rachel and Emily both graduated from Manchester School of Art in Graphic Design in 2013 and since then have practiced their design skills on professional and personal levels.

Emily set up her own non-profit business, Inprint Liverpool. It aims to promote young designers and illustrators in the northwest of England. Inprint has held over 10 events including a collaboration with Dessau University at the Bauhaus and recently with Tate Liverpool. There are plans to hold an event in October with Offset Festival.

Here is a personally picked out favourite from Emily’s pattern work:

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You can find more of her design work here: http://www.emilybriselden-waters.com/Pattern

Rachel works with installation design and has been involved with AND Festival for the Liverpool Biennial. She has also helped create outdoor projects with The Kazimier and Parklife Festival, as well as personal projects have been exhibited many times around Manchester at independent venues such as Soup Kitchen and Joshua Brooks.

Below is a particularly playful and thought-provoking piece by Rachel from her ‘Collage’ series:

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More of her work can be found here: www.racheld-l.com

Both of them have organised and run a Riso vs. Screen Printing workshop at Beacons Festival with Generic Greeting Collective.

Gradually the two have moved towards exhibition design: “We decided we wanted to make an exhibition, which was more interactive – an experience. We believe it helps the viewer to gain a better understanding of the art, and leaves a longer lasting impression. Our exhibition is for one night only. This puts an emphasis on the impact it has on each individual.”

Play On is a group show of Manchester based artists and designers taking inspiration from traditional surrealist games such as ‘automatic drawing’, ‘exquisite corpse’, and ‘bulletism’. They will be answering a brief that brings this madness into the modern day.

M20 Collective urge you to attend this event in light of its originality, and exploratory nature. What better way to understand the art than to be part of it? Go and play for one night only – Thursday 25th September 2014, from 6pm until late. 22 Red Bank, Manchester M4 4HF

And if for some reason you don’t manage to join in the games, then you can see more of their work at Liverpool Irish festival: http://www.liverpoolirishfestival.com/

Read more about Play On MCR on Manchester Wire

Yemi Bolatiwa