Between Thought and Space is a project that concerns a dynamic relationship between participants’ work and decision-making processes within a building. The project unites 15 practitioners from different disciplines through live research. The centrepiece of the project was to respond collectively to a specific space: the unusual and challenging environment of Dilston Grove, a deconsecrated church. It is one of the first poured reinforced concrete structures in the UK, dating back to the early 20th century, located in Southwark Park, an historically deprived area of South East London. Together, the practitioners are being challenged through a methodology imposing pace, restrictions and regular contact with audiences and each other, the building testing individuals’ creativity through its unique visual, phenomenal and historical characteristics. The product of these explorations is showing at Camberwell Space 29 September – 7 November 2014. The Dilston Grove exhibition is scheduled for 7 May – 7 June 2015.
A symposium, taking place in tandem with the Camberwell Space exhibition on 16 October, makes public for the first time the debates and ideas informing the development of the project. Invited speakers will shed light on the history of the Dilston Grove space and probe both the creative and critical merits of testing the role of discipline within creative practice; where audience discussion and debate will inform the development of work still in progress. Speakers include Miraj Ahmed, Matthew Butcher, Kelly Chorpening, Tom Emerson, Richards Wentworth, Dr Martin Hargreaves and Salome Voegelin.
Chorpening contextualised the drawing she contributed to the exhibition. ‘For my part, the prospect of creating work within a deconsecrated church has inspired a re-engagement with Giotto’s work, specifically focusing on a peculiar detail from the St. Francis fresco cycle in Assisi – the depiction of the back of a cross. This has provoked a playful exploration into ways a drawing can both depict and be something; be both convincing illusion and artifice. Responding so directly to an historical work (made around 1300) is something new for me and an exciting challenge to consider within the context of a project today.’
The symposium takes place on 16 October 2014 from 10:30am – 5pm at Camberwell College of Arts in the Lecture theatre at Wilson Road. Book online
The private view of the exhibition will follow the symposium on 16 October from 5:30 – 8:00 at Camberwell Space.
Image credit: Outcome of visual correspondence between Issam Kourbaj and Foster Spragge (2014)