ONE WORK | Christian Noelle Charles and Matthew Arthur Williams, 'PR 4 US'

Part of ONE WORK

15 October 2020


Christian Noelle Charles and Matthew Arthur Williams, PR 4 US, 2020. Courtesy of the artists.

For the next event in the ONE ARTIST | ONE WORK series Christian Noelle Charles and Matthew Arthur Williams will discuss their collaborative work, PR 4 US.

PR 4 US is a spoof in the style of a public service announcement bringing into focus a particular yet regular occurrence for the Black female experience in nightclub spaces.

The film was commissioned by LUX Scotland, BBC Arts and Creative Scotland as part of Now & Next in 2019.

Over the last few months LUX Scotland has been holding a series of online events led by artists. For each event, an artist based in Scotland presents a recent work and talks through how the work came into being. Each artist has been joined by one of the LUX Scotland team and up to 40 online participants.

How it works

Our online events will take place on Zoom. The event will be live transcribed using otter​.ai live transcription. We will also use the chat space to post questions /​comments being raised by the guest artist so they can be referred back to.

We ask that all participants are respectful and listen to the facilitators and other participants. An attendee list will be circulated to all participants in advance of each event. At the beginning of events we will introduce the guest artist and invite participants to briefly introduce themselves and their reason for joining. During the event discussion, we ask that one person speaks at a time and that you type hi’ in the chat to indicate you want to contribute. A member of the LUX Scotland team will keep a track of who wishes to contribute and will direct the conversation to you. You may also wish to use the chat space to type your question or comment, should this be preferable for you. We ask that you keep your microphones on mute until you are going to speak to ensure everyone can hear clearly. We invite you to have your cameras on, where possible, as this maintains a feeling of being together in the space.

If you require support to participate in our online events, or have any questions, please let us know by contacting us on email hidden; JavaScript is required or by phoning or texting 0739 4042 450, and we will be happy to assist.

LUX Scotland is dedicated to providing a welcoming online environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion or belief. Participants who do not adhere to this code of conduct and the participation guidelines will be asked to leave the event.

We welcome feedback on how these online events have been organised and facilitated in order to improve them as we go forward, in acknowledgment that this is a learning curve and adjustment period for us all. An evaluation form will be circulated at the end of the event along with any references, links or materials brought up during the discussion.

Christian Noelle Charles

Christian Noelle Charles (b. 1993, New York) is a Black Female Artist currently living and working in Glasgow, Scotland. A Syracuse, New York native, Christian’s work is an exploration of female representation and self-love in a contemporary world.

Christian takes inspiration from today’s pop culture, modern performance techniques, and personal experiences. She also derives inspiration as a video performance artist from the relationship between performer and audience member. By using the mediums of printmaking, video, and performance her work demonstrates a celebration of self-love and individuality.

I fall in love with myself, and I want someone to share it with me. I want someone to share me with me.” – Eartha Kitt The quote I will never forget

Matthew Arthur Williams 

Matthew Arthur Williams (b.1989, London) is a Glasgow-based visual and sound artist, photographer, and DJ.

Their practice through the use of photography, text, film and archival material takes into account the nuances of exhaustion that is a present reality for people of colour living in the United Kingdom. Exhaustion through surviving a hostile patriarchal imperialistic, capitalist colonialist society.

In 2019 they were selected as artist-in-residence at Hospitalfield. They exhibited in the group show AMBIT: Photographies from Scotland at Street Level Photoworks, and was supported by The Elephant Trust in the production of their most recent book if I hear about skye one more time.

They co-produced and soundscaped the BBC/​LUX commissioned work PR 4 US with Christian Charles Noelle. As well as collaboratively developed the visual elements in Alberta Whittle’s Margaret Tait Award commission film between a whisper and a cry and her solo exhibition How Flexible Can We Make the Mouth at Dundee Contemporary Arts.

Part of ONE WORK

ONE WORK is a series of online events that focus closely on a single work. These generous discussions provide an opportunity for an artist to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being. Each work is available as a month-long online screening, followed by a specially commissioned written response that serves as documentation of both the work and the discussion.

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