Having worked closely with the Fine Art department over the last few months in particular, and in light of the success and potential of the residency Test Space, it’s been proposed that the structure could be re-exhibited in a few months time as part of the BA degree show. This would take the form of a continued collaborative work with Eloise which would stand very much as an exploration of what it means to collaborate within the art school.
Here is a text we have written between us to describe how we see our collaboration so far and where we envision it going at this stage:
Eloise Edwards & Louisa Love
During Louisa Love’s graduate residency at UCA, the work took the form of investigating structures to encourage participation and discursive activity with other students on site. This produced a substantial work with BA Fine Art 3rd year student Eloise Edwards, whose own work already investigated aspects of collaborative practice. The result was the joint building of the Test Space structure, a space in which installations, projections and archival work could be contained. Edwards and Love have engaged in an exploratory work process investigating the conceptual and processual crossovers in their practices and the affects and possibilities of collaborating within the institutional context. They have been considering questions to do with how various relation of materials, practices and territories may be negotiated as collaborators.
This project reached an interesting point as Louisa’s residency came to an end, so as a continuation, reflection and resolution of the collaboration they plan to occupy the Test Space structure during the degree show in a multi-responsive way – combining varying presentations of filmic projection, object-based/material productions, performative action, discussion and documentation. They are particularly interested in the idea of ‘multiple voices’ interacting with each other within a space and the creation of a complex, multilayered artwork with variable boundaries. Edwards and Love envision taking a somewhat programmatic and evolutionary response to occupying and curating the space, with the possibility of others being invited into the conversations of the work. They very much want the work to function as a reflection on the nature of collaboration (more specifically their collaboration) and the multiplicity that exists within contemporary artistic practices.
Both Edwards and Love have a long term interest in developing collaborative practices within their own work as artists and view the use of collaboration as an increasingly important aspect of contemporary art production.