Distanciation: 11-1pm, Saturday 7th July

We are happy to invite you to attend the pre­sen­ta­tion of DISTANCIATION, a col­lab­o­ra­tive project inves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties of pro­duc­tion and exhi­bi­tion in a non white cube world.  Artists Kate Williams, Carla Liesch, Richard Kean and Hay­ley Megan French have spent 4 weeks in the INDEX. project space, look­ing at, liv­ing within, exper­i­ment­ing and pro­duc­ing a work that engages the space as con­text both to the mak­ing and the dis­play of art.  At ques­tion here are those art world con­ven­tions that insist upon the abstrac­tion of the space of dis­play, and the impli­ca­tions of the art work as essen­tially alien­able from the con­text of its production.

Please join us for drinks and eats from 11-1pm, Sat 7th July

Dis­tan­ci­a­tion*
A play in three acts.

The white cube as a fixed entity exists no more. It demands rein­ven­tion as an open, unbound space in which the spec­ta­tor is wit­ness and cre­ator. It is in this arena that our play unfolds.

Act One

The scene is set.

Four painters come together in the gallery space to col­lab­o­rate as a social prac­tice, for and with the community.

Mate­ri­als are sourced (scrounged, bartered, bor­rowed or bought) locally.

Act Two

Com­pli­ca­tion.

The work evolves col­lab­o­ra­tively with­out pre­con­cep­tions or plans.
Con­flicts arise, prob­lems present them­selves, the space asserts its immutable logic.

Act Three

Cli­max.

The audi­ence is admit­ted. Peo­ple move through the space and among the work, becom­ing part of the instal­la­tion and its evo­lu­tion. The work attains unity or dissonance.

* A Brecht­ian con­cept that dis­cour­ages involv­ing the audi­ence in an illu­sory nar­ra­tive world and in the emo­tions of an art­work, but instead exposes the mechan­ics of per­for­mance allow­ing the viewer to crit­i­cally and con­sciously engage with the com­plete expe­ri­ence of an artwork

Dis­tan­ci­a­tion is… Kate Williams, Carla Liesch, Richard Kean and Hay­ley Megan French

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