Market Day

Sat 6 February, 11:00am - 4:00pm

Venue: Loughborough town centre

FREE

Join us on Saturday 6 February to celebrate the culmination of three projects undertaken as part of Market Town, a programme of commissions and debate that seeks to re-imagine the future of Loughborough town centre. The event will take place in Market Town Corner, a shop space Radar has been programming for the past 6 months. Market Day offers a final opportunity to view the shop space, see the contributions by local community that have been collected there and documentation on the three projects presented on that day. 

Tea, coffee, juice and pastries will be served from 11.00am and Radar's Nick Slater and Kate Self will provide an introduction to the projects at 11.30am and give a short tour around Can Altay’s installation and Kathrin Böhm’s Brand News.

Can Altay - Loughborough Records Presents Presence 
Market Town Corner, Carillon Court Shopping Centre

Throughout January recording sessions by the town’s musicians have been taking place within the framework of Can Altay’s installation. Loughborough Records Presents Presence is an ongoing project that seeks to unite the musicians and engender a sense of civic pride through the recording and presentation of the town’s bands and musicians. The first element of the project is the creation of a pop up recording studio, which functions as a sculptural environment that is activated by local music and musicians. The music will then be presented on a website, a record label will be created, and vinyl, containing the music of the town will be pressed.  The project will culminate in a day of live performances by the participating musicians at a local venue. Market Day will be an opportunity to view the installation and hear the sounds of Loughborough that have been recorded over the month.  

Kathrin Böhm & An Endless Supply - Brand News
Ashby Square News

Kathrin Böhm and designers An Endless Supply have worked with a wide variety of groups to look at the branding of everyday products found in a local independent news agents called Ashby Square News. Through a series of hands-on workshops the artists and a large number of participants have collaboratively created re-brands for all the products in the shop. The project culminates on Market Day with a celebratory Shop Launch. For one day only the entire contents of Ashby Square News will be filled with the rebranded products. 

Europa & Peter Nencini - 'ough'ough
Market Town Corner

Graphic design practice Europa have worked with illustrator Peter Nencini to develop a new graphic identity for Loughborough. The project questions existing identities, asking questions such as ‘what is this place’, ‘what was this place?’ and ‘what could this place become?’  Their work in Loughborough has engaged the artists in thinking about identity and place, and a graphic designer’s role in relation to this. Much of their time research they have created designs which will be displayed on three billboards in Loughborough town centre later this year. These billboards will be complemented by a website which presents more detailed accounts of the research involved in the project and its artistic outcomes. On Market Day, archive material relating to the project will be on display in Market Town Corner. There is also the opportunity to take part in a special drop-in workshop led by the artists from 1.30-3.30pm.

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March 2018

The Object is Alive Exhibition - Mike Cooter - The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe

March 2018

The Object is Alive Exhibition - Mike Cooter - The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe

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Radar has invited artist Mike Cooter to actively engage with New Walk Museum’s collection, taking inspiration from the work of Polish artist and theatre maker Tadeusz Kantor, whose work was concerned with the role and status of the object. The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe, will draw on Kantor’s Anti-Exhibition (1963) and Leicester-born naturalist Henry Walter Bates’ (1825 -92) research into a form of mimicry that would take his name. Working across holdings from fine art, natural history, industrial design, decorative arts and material cultures, the exhibition will look to explore how the objects in the collection both perform and reproduce themselves through their own agency and in symbiotic relationship with organisations that host them.

Kantor has been extensively researched by Dr Dan Watt, Senior Lecturer in Drama, Loughborough University. The exhibition is part of a wider programme, entitled ‘The Object is Alive’, that has invited artists to develop new exhibitions in response to the work of Kantor and their own interest in the agency of the object. The exhibition will be accompanied by a major symposium on the influence of Kantor taking place at Loughborough University on the 28th April 2018.

Associated Events

Symposium - Kantor and his influence
Saturday 28th April, 10am-5pm
Martin Hall, Loughborough University
Free / Ticketed
More information & bookings

Exhibition Walk-Through with Mike Cooter
Saturday 5th May, 2pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 7EA
Free / Ticketed
Artist Mike Cooter will guide you through his exhibition, introducing his thinking and the works themselves.
To book, please click here

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April 2018

Talk - Vikki Jessop

April 2018

Talk - Vikki Jessop

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Vikki will give a talk about ways in which different artworks can be installed in different places. She will share examples of best practice including how to plan and prepare for such work.  In this talk Vikki will share her own professional experience as well as examples from others. This session is designed for students but all are welcome.

Vikki Jessop currently works in the Department of Ancient Egypt & Sudan at the British Museum. After finishing her A-Levels, Vikki’s career in the arts began by volunteering in galleries and museums across Birmingham and Liverpool, she then undertook an apprenticeship at Ikon, Birmingham.

Following this she moved to London to work at Whitechapel Gallery with Rachel Whiteread on her permanent site-specific commission for the building.

Vikki then joined the V&A’s technical services team, whilst still working at Whitechapel Gallery as a Duty Manager and installation technician. Within a year of being at the V&A, Vikki was appointed Head Technician for the Disobedient Objects exhibition which opened in 2014. Alongside work at the V&A, Vikki has also freelanced for several galleries across the UK and also worked on mount- making for Banksy’s 2015 Dismaland project.

 

 

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April 2018

Symposium - Kantor and his influence

April 2018

Symposium - Kantor and his influence

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***PLEASE  NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED***

One of the speakers has had to withdraw from the symposium and combined with a low number of advance bookings we have decided to postpone this event until later in the year. Please keep checking our website for announcements on a new date. We are sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.

The work of the Polish artist and director, Tadeusz Kantor, frequently challenged the nature of the object, whether through surreal détournement of the function of a thing, or the bizarre fusion of the performer and the object into a hybrid, struggling identity, striving for new forms of expression, Kantor was haunted by the idea of the possible ‘liveness’ of materials.

This symposium aims to respond to the work of contemporary artists, commissioned by Radar, who are also responding to Kantor, through particular relationships to things, sites, museums and galleries. How might Kantor’s culturally specific ‘poor object’ find itself transformed across decades into a new Europe and a new media age?

Including guest speakers on Kantor and contemporary art practice and panel discussions on objects, Kantor’s history and performance practices (from actors, artists and academics), the symposium offers an opportunity to discuss the legacy of Kantor and the impact of object-based practice today.

Confirmed speakers:

Dr Dan Watt, Loughborough
Dan Watt is Programme Director for Drama at Loughborough University. He gained his PhD from Sussex in 2003, where his thesis explored fragmentary writing in the work of Maurice Blanchot, Samuel Beckett and J.M. Coetzee. He joined Loughborough in 2006. His research interests include philosophical and literary influences on theatre and performance in the twentieth century, specifically in the work of Tadeusz Kantor, and his research includes investigating the nature of abject objects.

Dr Richard Allen, Worcester
Richard Allen is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Worcester. He graduated from Wimbledon College of Art with an MA in Visual Performance (2008) and a PhD in Performance Practice from Aberystwyth University (2014). His work investigates the agency and theatricality of objects through the making of performances, films, essays and publications, including writings about the bio-objects of Kantor.

Noel Witts, Professor of Performing Arts
Noel Witts was born in Swansea and did a degree in English at the University of Leeds, where his theatrical interest started. For the last 10 years he has been busy developing undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Performing Arts at a variety of UK universities. He has developed international contacts for young theatre practitioners in Poland, Romania, Armenia, and other European countries and is interested in the theatre of Kantor.

Dr Klara Kemp-Welch, Courtauld Institute
Klara Kemp-Welch is Lecturer in 20th-century Modernism at the Courtauld Institute. Klara Kemp-Welch was educated at University College London and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (BA French and Art History, 1999; MA Russian and East European Literature and Culture, 2001; PhD History of Art, 2008). She has published writings about Kantor, and her next book, Networking the Bloc: International Relations and Experimental Art in Eastern Europe 1968-1989, will be published in 2018.

Dr Martin Leach, DMU
Martin Leech is Senior Lecturer in Dance at DMU. Martin’s first degree was in English and Drama at the University of Hull. After graduation he won a Polish Government scholarship to study theatre directing in Poland from 1982–1983. He recently successfully completed his PhD thesis, a philosophical study of Kantor: ‘Even the thing I am …’: Tadeusz Kantor and the Poetics of Being.

Mike Cooter, Artist
Artist Mike Cooter  has  lectured  widely,  written  on  the  history  of  exhibitions  and  recently  completed a PhD at Goldsmiths, London. His current exhibition The Mimic, the Model and the Dupe at New Walk Walk Museum, Leicester (commissioned by Radar) explores the role of objects through the Museum's collection and is inspired by Kantor's work. His work investigates  the  structural  agency  of  objects,  be  they  sculpture,  cinematic  props or other anthropological artefacts - objects co-opted or created to drive narratives, fictional or otherwise.

Image: Research photograph (with thanks to Michael Asher), Mike Cooter, 2017. Boiler heating the Abbey Pumping Station, home of Leicester City Council’s Industrial History Museum.

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Loughborough University

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