Artist in Residence, Exhibition and Performance Series
Whitechapel Gallery 2010-2012
As part of the artist collective DARTER, Phoebe Davies was Whitechapel Gallery, Artist in Residence, at the Bridge Academy School in Hackney for the academic year 2010-2011. Following the residency, the AiR exhibition was accompanied by an evening of performances.
With a predominantly ‘live’ or performative approach, DARTER’s work aims to playfully interrupt established social spaces and codes that shape or frame how we perceive an event, interaction or architectural space. Working with and responding to contexts such as a school or a specific audience, DARTER appropriate and subvert behavioural norms, documentary media and the tools of academia in order to communicate their ideas.
DARTER's work responds directly to particular social contexts - in this case the Bridge Academy, Hackney. DARTER established an active presence within the space and structure of the school with the aim to create a dialogue between contemporary art practice and the practice of students studying art. The artworks in this exhibition seek to question the influence of predetermined outcomes in the art curriculum, the intentions and consequences of placing artists within formal education and the ways in which these situated debates may be played out within the gallery context.
Whitechapel Gallery AiR Exhibition works include:
Learning Objective, enlarged text work, paper and vinyl (2012)
Observational Drawing, pencil sculpture with accompanying sound (2011)
An Interruption, performance to camera (2011)
Notes, Slides Projections (2012)
Commentary, Performance (2012)
Bridge Academy Site Specific selected works include:
Playlist, sound installation, school foyer(2011)
Before and After, girls toilet performance (2011)
Memories, performance, regents canal performance (2011)
Tray, dining tray installation, school foyer (2011)
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DARTER (2010-2013) is Phoebe Davies, Chloe Cooper and Louisa Martin.