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Through the lens of your own practice | Workshop with Ashanti Harris

Part of Aberdeen Programme

10 February 2024
2—4pm

Anatomy Rooms
Marischal College, Shoe Ln, Aberdeen AB10 1AP.
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A film still of a brightly lit pair of hands reaching upwards with open palms. The wrists touch together creating a v shape and they are wearing gold coloured rings. The edge of the frame is dark and the background is blurred black, with green and brown foliage. At the left of the image is text ‘And now I’m thinking about oil’ coloured white.
Ashanti Harris. ‘Black Gold’, 2023. Image courtesy the artist.

Multidisciplinary artist Ashanti Harris leads this workshop for Aberdeen-based artists who would like to learn more about approaches to making moving image in a group setting. The session will take place on Saturday 10 February from 2 – 4pm in the Project Space of Anatomy Rooms as part of our Aberdeen programme.

Participants can expect to learn more about Ashanti’s practice and methods with a particular focus on collaborative and process orientated making that shapes final works. The workshop will draw on the RSVP method (Resources – Scores, Value-action – Performance) developed by Anna Halprin (Choreographer) and Lawrence Halprin (Architect). Ashanti reinterprets this method for making moving image as Research – Scripting – Thinking – Action (experience).

The workshop will start with an introduction to Ashanti’s previous film works and how the RSVP cycles informed the making of the work and will include some group discussion and practical activities. Participants will be guided through tasks to explore ways of using the RSVP response system to create their own moving image work, incorporating the different elements of your own creative practice.

In this workshop participants are encouraged to bring a collection of resources” drawn from any aspect of artistic research or practice. This could be an artwork, a text, an object, a place, an image, a story, a tool for example.

There are twelve workshop places available, open to those with an interest in learning about different approaches to making moving image. We would expect that the group would include participants at an earlier stage in their careers who would value learning new methods and developing their practice in a supported space.

Please note that the workshop is for those who are no longer in full-time education.

This workshop is part of a wider professional development programme by LUX Scotland for early career Aberdeen-based artists and curators. The programme includes workshops, screening and discussion events and is supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding.

Image description: A film still of a brightly lit pair of hands reaching upwards with open palms. The wrists touch together creating a v shape and they are wearing gold coloured rings. The edge of the frame is dark and the background is blurred black, with green and brown foliage. At the left of the image is text And now I’m thinking about oil’ coloured white.

Ashanti Harris

Ashanti Harris is a multi-disciplinary artist, researcher and lecturer exploring ways of disrupting historical narratives and re-imagining them from a Caribbean diasporic perspective. Ashanti originally trained in sculpture and so, engaging with materials and physical making processes is an important part of her work. Alongside this, she is drawn to the expanded ways an artwork can be experienced and this has led her to work with performance, movement and dance as elements within her multidisciplinary art practice. She works with both sculpture and performance as processes which embody cultures, ancestral legacies and human lived experience, physically embodying histories, through the act of making.

Recent commissions and exhibitions include: Walking With The Ancestors in Joy and Healing, Performance Now Commission for Take Me Somewhere Festival, Glasgow (2023); Crafted Selves: The Unfinished Conversation, St Andrews Museum, (2023); You Are a Memory I am Your Shadow, The Reid Gallery, Glasgow (2023); A Carnival Of Overlapping Histories, Platform, Glasgow (2023); Black Gold, commission for Fringe of Colour film festival, Edinburgh, (2023); Jerwood Staging Series 2022, Jerwood Arts, London (2022); Dancing a Peripheral Quadrille, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh (2022)

Access

A small access fund is available to cover participants’ access costs. We discuss access requirements and allocate funds to support participation, based on a first come first served basis. For example, this fund could cover your travel to Anatomy Rooms to attend the workshop from within Aberdeen. To access this fund please email email hidden; JavaScript is required to let us know how much you would like to be paid and you will be sent an expenses form.

FUND FOR CHILDCARE, CARERS & SUPPORT WORKERS

Support towards the cost of childcare, carers or support workers is available on a first come first served basis to support you to attend this workshop. We will pay you £15 per hour and the money will be paid directly into your bank account (alternative arrangements can be made if required). Please make your own arrangements as we are unable to book childcare, carers or support workers on your behalf.

To access this fund please email email hidden; JavaScript is required to let us know how much you would like to be paid and you will be sent an expenses form.

VENUE ACCESS

The workshop will take place in the Project Space, managed by All In Ideas at the Anatomy Rooms. Below is the venue access information provided by All in Ideas.

-Non gendered toilets are available on the ground floor.

-Power-assisted wheelchairs welcome

-Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are welcome.

-Accessible toilet available

- Disabled parking bays are available on Queen Street or in Marischal College Multi-storey car park. For more information visit the Aberdeen City Council website.

HOW TO GET THERE

The venue is accessible via public transport, buses run on a regular basis.

-Alighting from Union Street turn onto Broad Street.

-From Broad Street take the first right on Queen Street

-Continue along Queen street, take the first left onto Shoe Lane and the first left onto a smaller road. Marischal College Multi-storey car park will be on your right.

-Go past the red and white barrier and through the tunnel.

-Anatomy Rooms entrance is a black door on the right.

Access fund available

Fund for childcare, carers and support workers available

Partners

The Aberdeen Programme is supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding.

Aberdeen City Council

Part of Aberdeen Programme

The LUX Scotland Aberdeen Programme aims to support early career Aberdeen-based artists and curators. The programme has run from since 2018 and has included job opportunities, workshops, screenings and online commissions. The programme was led by Project Manager Rachel Grant between 2021–24.

Supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding, this continues our previous work to support, develop and promote artists’ moving image practices across Scotland, and builds on our work in the Aberdeen area, which began in 2018.

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