For our April ONE WORK event, Helen Cammock will discuss her recent work ‘They Call It Idlewild’ (2020). The work is available to view for the month of April here.
Inspired by the forgotten histories, photographs and artworks uncovered in Wysing Arts Centre’s archive, ‘They Call It Idlewild’ acts as a reflection on the politics of idleness and what it means creatively, emotionally and culturally to be idle at a time when the questions are being asked more widely about the physical and emotional cost of hyper-productivity required by Neoliberalism.
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 exhibition of the work and the discussion that focused on it.
We recommend watching ‘They Call It Idlewild’ (18 minutes, 57 seconds) in advance of the discussion, available to view on the LUX Scotland website for the month of April 2022.
Watching the work in advance
We encourage audiences to watch ‘They Call It Idlewild’ in advance of the discussion event, as the conversation will be focused on this work and audience questions, reflections and contributions are an important part of this event series. ‘They Call It Idlewild’ is be available to watch on the LUX Scotland website for April 2022 here.
Participating in the Event
We invite you to have your cameras on, where possible, as this maintains a feeling of being together in the space.
We ask that all participants are respectful and listen to the facilitators and other participants.
Audiences are encouraged to contribute, and the host will open up the group conversation for questions after a short introduction to the work by the artistWe 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 box 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.
The event will take place on Zoom. To download Zoom, visit here: https://zoom.us/download
The event will be live transcribed using otter.ai live transcription. To access the live transcription, click the red ‘live’ button in the top left hand corner. This will open up a new dialogue window, and you can adjust your screen to suit your preferences. Please note, otter is an automated transcription service and therefore may not be completely accurate. We are working towards introducing live captioning for our online events soon.
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.
Helen Cammock was born in 1970 in Staffordshire. She lives and works in Brighton and London. Cammock explores social histories through film, photography, print, text, song and performance. She is motivated by her commitment to questioning mainstream historical narratives around blackness, womanhood, wealth, power, poverty and vulnerability. Mining her own biography in addition to the histories of oppression and resistance, multiple and layered narratives, reveals the cyclical nature of histories.
Cammock was the joint recipient of The Turner Prize 2019 and the 7th Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Recent exhibitions include Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, (2022); Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale (2021); The Photographers Gallery, London (2021); STUK Art Centre, Leuven, Belgium (2021); Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2020); Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2020); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2019); Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (2019); VOID, Derry, Northern Ireland; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2019); Reading Museum, Reading, UK; Cubitt, London, UK (2017). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at British Art Show 9, Aberdeen, Scotland (2021); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria (2020); Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany (2020); Somerset House, London, UK (2019); Hollybush Gardens, London, UK (2017 and 2013) and Firstsite, Colchester, UK. She has staged performances at Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2020); The Showroom, London, UK (2019); Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2017); Cubitt, London; VOID, Derry, Northern Ireland and the ICA, London, UK (2017).
Closed Captions ‘They Call It Idlewild’ has closed captions by Valery Tough
Closed Captions The event will be live captioned by 121 Captions
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.