THE VIEW FROM HERE is collaborative project between UCL’s Slade School of Fine Art, the Bartlett School of Architecture and BBC World Drama.
Four artists – in China, Uganda, Israel and Australia – were each commissioned to make a 12 minute film in a locale connected to their work, under the title ‘The View From Here’. These films were then sent to a writer in their country, or with a connection to that country, to write the radio drama they inspired. Three plays have now been recorded in London, the fourth in Australia and students and staff from the Slade have designed the website and additional sound for the final programme. The broadcast will coincide with a private showing at the Slade of new works created around the “expanded radio” it embodies by PhD students and staff from the Slade and The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
To this end the project forms part of the annual ‘PhD Research Spaces’ collaboration between the PhD students from each school at UCL. For the 2008/9 edition we explore notions of cultural translation and trans-positioning by artists working in different media drawing from the three key project terms developed in response to ‘The View from Here’ –
transmit, translate, transmute. These key terms also signal the three consecutive stages within which the project is now loosely divided.
There are twp parts to the project:
One: the works by four artists and radio drama writers commissioned by the BBC;
Two: the works made by PhD students from the Slade and Bartlett in response to either those four works or the idea of ‘The View From Here’. This aspect of the project is developed in detail by ‘PhD Research Spaces’ through the hosting of various events, including exhibitions, discussion forums and related activities.
PROJECT STAGES: THE VIEW FROM HERE
1.1 The works by four artists and drama writers commissioned by BBC World Drama
Four artists, from Australia, China, Israel and Uganda, have each filmed a 12 minute video in a locale connected to their work, under the title ‘The View From Here’. These works were each sent to a writer in their country to author a drama inspired by it. These dramas have been recorded for broadcast on radio (three were recorded in London, the fourth in Australia). These dramas will be broadcast on BBC World Service on 28 February 2009 in the final stage of the project.
The artists: Shuli Nachshon (Israel), Daudi Karungi (Uganda), Xioapeng Huang (China), Barbara Bolt (Australia)
The writers: Katie Hims (Israel/UK), Charles Mulekwa (Uganda), Dino Mahoney & Simon Wu (Hong Kong/UK), Noelle Janaczewska (Australia)
1.2 The works made by PhD students from the Slade and Bartlett
Eleven PhD students from the Slade and Bartlett are making a series of works, in response to either those four works or the theme ‘The View From Here’. The works were shown on 8 December (18:00-20:00) at the Slade Lecture Room and HAT Seminar Room. On this day, other students invited to the event as respondents, engaged with these works and authors and selected one of those works to then reshape, translate, transpose (choosing the work that they would most like to respond to, with a text/image/audio/performance piece of their own). The works made by the respondents were exhibited together in Stage 2 of the project.
The artists from the Slade;
Elly Thomas, Johan Thom, Laura Malacart, Michael Delacruz, Tim Long, Wayne Binitie, Theresia Peng, Hanna Sukama, Lizhen Liang,
Sam Belinfante (for Stage 3)
The artists from the Bartlett;
Alex Zambell, Emma Cheatle, Nina Vollenbroker, Popi lacovou, Sophie Handler, Tat Lam, Justin Smith, Anne Hultzsch, Katherine Bash, Thomas- Bernard Kenniff, Woon Jung, Deniz Akca
Kelly Orbach, an independent artist, also partcipated.
8 December (18:00-20:00) at the Slade Lecture Room and HAT Seminar Room.
Exhibition & Forum
All the works made in Stage 1 (eleven original + eleven responded) were shown in a public exhibition at the Slade Research Centre (Woburn Square) on 21-23 January 2009. To coincide with this event, a discussion forum was hosted featuring a number of participants invited from UCL and elsewhere.
21-23 January 2009, Woburn Square
3. TRANSMUTE: Final Event on 27 February 2009 & BBC World Service Broadcast 28 February 2009, 20.00GMT
This is the final stage before the radio broadcast on BBC World Service at 20.00 GMT on 28th February 2009. ‘Transmute’ is an invited celebration at The Slade, UCL, 27th February. Guests will be present from the BBC, the Press, The Slade and the Bartlett. The installation will ‘Transmute’ the students’ work, in tandem with the radio broadcast, creating a new piece for computer and audio performance, and video installation, and recreating John Cage’s 1956 piece for 8 radios “Radio Music”. The videos will show the initial films, with the radio plays on headphones. The installation will draw on material recorded at the preceding events, and there will be text to describe the project from its inception. A specially devised computer and sound piece will be transmitted for 5 minutes on the hour during the evening.
For this event the various contributions by artists/ authors will be transformed into a third, supplementary form.
The works by the artist and drama writers commissioned by the BBC will be broadcast on BBC World Service (28 February 2009)
Launch on 27 February 2009, Woburn Square to be followed by the broadcast on BBC World Service at the following times:
Broadcast: 28 Feb 2009, 20:01 (GMT)
Repeat: 01 Mar 2009, 02:01 (GMT)
Repeat: 01 Mar 2009, 23:01 (GMT)
Please check the website regularly for updates.