Vital Capacities – Exhibition
Phoenix has been collaborating with Vital Capacities, Film London Artist’s Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) and University of Salford Art Collection to support three artist residencies during June 2021. The residencies have now been completed, and the resulting online exhibition Intertwined is now showing on the site.
During the June 2021 residency, artists Seo Hye Lee, Laura Lulika and Linda Stupart were invited to explore and develop new work using the Vital Capacities accessible online residency platform. Over the course of the month the artists did research, tested ideas and created new commissions, working with the partners, artists, web designer and digital inclusion specialist. Intertwined is an exhibition of the commissioned work resulting from June 2021’s residency.
Seo Hye Lee was co-commissioned by University of Salford Art Collection, whose experience of working with archives was especially important in contributing to Lee’s new film, [Sound of Subtitles]. Over the month, Lee researched approaches to subtitles and captioning, and how sounds are described or omitted using these tools for increasing accessibility for D/deaf and hard of hearing people. Lee worked with film archives across the country to develop a silent film that invites you, through the captions, to imagine the sounds, and the stories behind them, while provoking the viewer to question the role of captioning.
Laura Lulika’s new work, Body Builder, was co-commissioned by Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network, which includes moving image, music, spoken word, performance and collage. Over the course of the residency, Lulika explored hyperability, mascot bodies, the false binary of healthy/unhealthy, and the absurdity of footballer’s fake foul dives. Lulika has created an interactive collage, combining Frankenstein mascots, pub settings and automobile bodies all with their own tales to investigate.
During the residency, Linda Stupart continued to explore the River Cole, a process begun in 2020, resulting in the work-in-progress film, Watershed (2020). During June 21, Stupart continued to walk and map the River Cole, which has resulted in the creation of an interactive story/game, with images, texts and music; Watershed 2.0: Pandemic CYOA Cyberspace Edition 2021. Stupart’s new work has been co-commissioned by Phoenix in Leicester, who supported them to explore new game-based platforms, including Twine – a programme for making choose your own adventure (COYA) games, with which the new work has been created.
To find out more about how the artworks came about, explore the artists’ studios, where you can see the developments which led to the new work.