Ritual Objects, Habits and Memory

The ONION DISCUSSIONS
A panel discussion as part of the exhibition I SEE I DON’T SEE at Lewisham Arthouse

RITUAL OBJECTS, HABITS AND MEMORY

Alex Stewart | Ilona Sagar | Gabor Gyory
Saturday 6 September 2014, 6.00-8.00pm
Lewisham Arthouse, 140 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6DP
http://www.oniondiscussions.wordpress.com

The Office of Public Ritual will also present a temporary installation and ritual performance at 5.00pm.

The ONION DISCUSSIONS presents a panel discussion by three artists who will explore the relationship between ritual and objects, habits and muscle memory.

Gabor Gyory will consider the secularisation of Catholic ritual objects in Post-war Italian design and psycho-spiritual echo in the work of Gio Ponti, Ettore Sotsass and Fellini. Charting the migration of the signifiers of these objects, he will look at the reverberation between the intrinsic echo in the form and the social and cultural significance placed on these objects. The talk will take in Himalayan Tantric Carpets, The Hopi tribe in North America, Max Ernst, Andre Derain and the Hadza tribe.

Alex Stewart will look at the role and meaning of ritual in everyday life and ask whether there a difference between ritual and habit. Alex will elaborate on how this question is reflected in his practice and in how he presents himself. Ilona Sagar will speak about muscle memory and draw connections with this to ritual.

Preceding the panel discussion, the Office of Public Ritual, a bespoke ritual creation service, will present a temporary installation and ritual as a response to the grand stately architecture of Lewisham Arthouse, and as part of commemorations this year of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the building.

Further information contact: Jack Tan (mail@jacktan.net) or Elizabeth Porter (lizziporter@aol.com).

http://www.oniondiscussions.wordpress.com

I See I Don’t See exhibition and Ritual Objects, Habits and Memory Onion Discussion panel
are sponsored by

Lewisham Arthouse – 140 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6DP
http://www.lewishamarthouse.org.uk/

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Notes

Alex Stewart
A man with three hats, Artist, DJ and Counsellor/Art therapist. Showing paintings both here and abroad, most recently in London and Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is presently illustrating a story from the Ramayana, creating a series of imagined portraits of storytellers, occasionally Djing on the beach in SriLanka and clubs in London and running a private therapy practice in London. http://www.alexstewart.net

Gabor Gyory
Along with the artist Nick Jensen, Gabor Gyory is the founder of curatorial platform Twelve Around One, formerly located in Shacklewell St. Shoreditch. Since 2011 they have curated numerous exhibitions with a specific focus on language and the implications of Time as a Cultural Medium. These have included Verlan, January 2012; BY_YOU_BY_ME_BY_WE, July 2012; Phosphene, September 2013; and Salient, October 2013. http://www.twelvearoundone.com

Ilona Sagar
Ilona received her BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College (2008) and her MFA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art (2012). Using a diverse range of media spanning performance, film and assemblage, she has formed a body of work which responds to the social and historic context found in the public and private spaces we inhabit. Illusion and material [dis]honesty set the stage for works which seek to seduce, alluding to something familiar yet other. Recent exhibitions include include Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art (March 2014). Solo Show at Tenderpixel (2014), Art Rotterdam, NL (February 2014); The Ballad of Peckham Rye, Bussey Building, Peckham, Art on the Underground as part of the Art Licks Weekend; Saturated Space Architectural Association (all 2013); Heart of Darkness, Le Centre national d’art contemporain, Nice FR; Embassy gallery, Edinburgh and Onscreen programme at Carroll Fletcher, London. Currently exhibiting in the group show, Whats love got to do with it Hayward Gallery Project Space and Softcore: Subverted Superstructure and the Systemic Sublime, Intelligentsia gallery, Beijing. Upcoming projects include a performance commission for the Victoria and Albert Museum and a solo show at Assembly Passage, London. http://www.ilonasagar.com

The Office of Public Ritual
The Office of Public Ritual (OPR) is a service that creates bespoke secular rituals for significant occasions or life events. We work with clients to develop a set of actions, sequence of performances or an order of programme for personal, group or public use. http://www.officeofpublicritual.com

The Onion Discussions
The ONION DISCUSSIONS are a series of discussions that seek to peel back ideas within art and culture for a deeper look. Often taking the form of panel discussions or roundtables, the Onion Discussions brings together artists, writers, curators and other producers to consider pertinent issues in contemporary visual, spatial and material culture in an experimental format and in a cross-disciplinary context. oniondiscussions.wordpress.com

Lewisham Arthouse
Lewisham Arthouse is a voluntary led co-operative organisation formed in 1992 based in a Grade II listed Carnegie donated ex-library in Deptford. Lewisham Arthouse run studios, a busy gallery, classes, workshops, community activities and events. It aims to fulfil Andrew Carnegie’s original intention of benefitting the local community and fostering local artist endeavour. http://www.lewishamarthouse.org.uk

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Speech! Speech! Function Room poster

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The Onion Discussions

Speech! Speech! – Performing Protest, Becoming Radical

Rose Gibbs
Margot Gibbs
Natalia Naish

Sunday 22 June 2014 ,
2.00-4 .00pm

The Function Room
Cock Tavern
23 Phoenix Road
London NW1 1HB

The Onion Discussions is pleased to present the fourth sitting of SPEECH! SPEECH! organised
by Jack Tan and Elizabeth Porter, with speeches by Rose Gibbs, Margot Gibbs and Natalia Naish.

SPEECH! SPEECH! is a series of Sunday lunches exploring the creative possibilities of the dinner
speech. Devised by Rose Gibbs, PERFORMING PROTEST, BECOMING RADICAL takes Judith Butler’s
premise that we ‘perform gender’ and become women, and asks whether we can perform protest
and become radical?

An experiment in experiencing and speaking other people words, the three orators will be reading
and speaking three feminist speeches from past waves of feminism. The work considers how speech
feeds back into our thinking, and whether we can escape our own feedback loops by using someone
else’s words. It asks whether we can encounter historical performances in a way that sheds light on
how we think in the present, and thus what possibilities are opened up for social change.

Come join us for a three course meal and hear Rose Gibbs,Margot Gibbs and Natalia Naish each make
a Speech! Speech!

Further information: Jack Tan (mail@jacktan.net) or Elizabeth Porter (lizziporter@aol.com)

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http://www.functionroom.co

SPEECH! SPEECH! at STORE

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SPEECH! SPEECH!
THE ONION DISCUSSIONS
Maya Osborne, Anna Ilsley, Kirsty Tinkler
18th MAY
1.00 – 3.00pm

The Onion Discussions and STORE are pleased to present the third sitting of ‘Speech! Speech!’ organised by Jack Tan and Elizabeth Porter, with speeches by Maya Osborne, Anna Ilsley, and Kirsty Tinkler.

The Onion Discussions is a series of Sunday lunches exploring the creative possibilities of the dinner speech that seek to peel back ideas within art and culture for a deeper look. Often taking the form of panel discussions or roundtables, the Onion Discussions brings together artists, writers, curators and other producers to consider pertinent issues in contemporary visual, spatial and material culture in an experimental format and in a cross-disciplinary context.

Three artists are invited to make speeches at the event – one before, one during and one after dinner – in response to the etymology of the word ‘speak’. The artists are free to interpret and to reimagine what a ‘speech’ is and to respond in any way and to anything from the etymology or idea of speech. This series develops the Onion discussions’ exploration of different discursive formats. Come eat and hear Maya Osborne, Anna Ilsley & Kirsty Tinkler make a Speech! Speech!

Maya Osborne is a writer based in London. She holds a BA in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and completed an MA in Critical Theory at Sussex last autumn. Her final dissertation concerned the relationship between walking and creative endeavour. 

Kirsty Tinkler is an Australian artist based in London. She studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art (2007- 09) and The National Art School, Sydney (1995-98). Tinkler has worked internationally, making work primarily in the public realm. Her work references the historical language inherent in architectural features, subtly questioning the implications of its usage and its place in the continuity of the western identity and outlook.

Anna Ilsley was born in 1982 in Hertfordshire, England. She graduated from her BA in Fine Art Painting at Brighton University in 2006 and she completed her Post Graduate Diploma at Prince’s Drawing School in 2010. She recently returned from a residency at the British school at Athens where she was occupied by the impact of story on the landscape and the evolution of divine women through the ages.

Further information contact: Jack Tan (mail@jacktan.net) or Elizabeth Porter (lizziporter@aol.com)

Speech! Speech at Vitrine

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Speech! Speech!

The Onion Discussions

Edwin Burdis | Hannah Jones

Sunday 23 March 2014, 2.00-4.00pm. Ticket £5.00. Bookings only. Limited capacity.
VITRINE Basement, Bermondsey Street

VITRINE presents ‘Speech! Speech!’ the first in a new series of The Onion Discussions, organised by Jack Tan and Elizabeth Porter, with three-course meal and guest speakers Edwin Burdis and Hannah Jones.

The Onion Discussions is a series of Sunday lunches exploring the creative possibilities of the dinner speech that seek to peel back ideas within art and culture for a deeper look. Often taking the form of panel discussions or roundtables, the Onion Discussions brings together artists, writers, curators and other producers to consider pertinent issues in contemporary visual, spatial and material culture in an experimental format and in a cross-disciplinary context.

Two artists are invited to make speeches at the event – one before dinner and one after dinner – in response to the etymology of the word ‘speak’. The artists are free to interpret and to reimagine what a ‘speech’ is and to respond in any way and to anything from the etymology or idea of speech. This series develops the Onion discussions’ exploration of different discursive formats. Come eat and hear Edwin Burdis and Hannah Jones make a Speech! Speech!

To book tickets, which are limited to 30, contact VITRINE:
email rsvp@vitrinegallery.co.uk (with ‘Speech! Speech! Book ticket’ in subject line) or call: +44 (0)20 74076496.

Notes

Edwin Burdis

Edwin Burdis (b. Newcastle, 1974) has significantly contributed to the London art scene for over a decade. Edwin explores a unique and extravagant fusion between art, music and sub-cultural references, working across painting, sound, sculpture and drawing. His drawings and paintings often set the tone for performances, all part of an on-going compulsion to produce. http://www.vitrinegallery.co.uk/artist/edwin-burdis

Hannah Catherine Jones

I am concerned with the moment of live performance – the uniting of performer and audience in a contract of time and space. Predominantly static, presenting myself as a living sculpture and often, living pun, I allow myself to be observed visually and aurally by audience and camera. The presence and intensity from the perspective of the audience, performer and camera is an on-going investigation. http://foxymoron.co.uk

VITRINE

VITRINE is a contemporary art gallery based across two spaces in Bermondsey. Dedicated to working with emerging and mid-career artists across all media and focusing on cross-disciplinary practices. VITRINE Basement is a new space located under the Bermondsey Street gallery for events. http://www.vitrinegallery.co.uk