Artists-in-residence Katrin Hanusch, Georgina Sleap and Lucy Tomlins and curator-in-residence Àngels Miralda undertook an active, research residency this August from Pangaea’s base in Castellòn, Spain. Taking-over the Ethnological Museum of Vall d’Alba from 28 August – 3 September, the artist-residents brought pre-existing artworks, components and materials to collaborate with their new context, Àngels and each other to reflexively re-make their sculptures in a sensitive and site-responsive way, producing an exhibition. In-line with Pangaea’s commitment to making the making visible, the exhibition’s development will be carried out in public, presenting an opportunity to see how an exhibition evolves and is made.
The residents investigated the following shared reflective / reflexive research themes:
– The Social Nature of Making Sculpture | Producing sculpture requires the artist to relate not only to the evolving objects, but to people. Rooted in matter which must be researched, sourced, traded, moved and constructed, it is an innately social process which leads us into encounters with others, some surprising, others common place.
– Slow by Design | Each of our three artists-in-residence have a practice that is purposefully labour-intensive. The aforementioned periods of sociality are intermittent breaks in a pattern of working with materials that is slow by design, often involving repetitive, physical acts. As hours go by, a state of mindfulness is achieved. This quiet pursuit towards a singular vision is balanced with a preparedness to move into the field of the unknown, the final artworks a result of the unfolding influences of the specific context.
– Life-cycle, Continuous | This Pangaea research strand considers the life-cycle of both artwork and artist’s legacy. In this residency, the artists will explore how their artworks transform, evolve and transition across platforms, people, place and time. Bringing works that have been made for, made in, or previously exhibited in a range of alternative, specific social and cultural contexts, the participants will consider the impact of this new situated context.
Pangaea Artists’ Residency, Castellón Province, Spain (PARC) was based at a rural smallholding (masia in Spanish) close to Atzeneta del Maestrat, Castellón. From this mountain location the studio-workshop and residence enjoy spectacular views over a valley of almond and olive groves. In the heart of a rural farming community, the masia has 40,000 m2 of tiered land climbing the side of a small mountain. This landscape is an intriguing context to work in and explore.
The PARC Residency is now closed.