Exhibition: 19 January – 12 March 2017
Free in The Gallery, 11:00 - 17:00
Our current Graduate Artist in residence Cat Auburn has developed this new commission in close partnership with Tyneside Cinema and Northumbria University.
Taking as the starting point the act of ‘preparing the ground’ from which the exhibition takes its title, the film explores actions and narratives, filming at three locations, the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art in Glasgow and the North East’s Dunstanburgh Castle. The film follows the act of preparing the ground conditions for an immediate or ongoing event in the three different cultural contexts to explore overlapping political, historical and economic structures. The Spanish Riding School in Vienna built in 1729 which is the location of the Lipizzan horses performance at the Winter Riding School, the film focuses on the sand floor of the arena which is graded for a five hundred year old dressage tradition. In contrast the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art Glasgow built in 1983 is home to the first Zen garden in the UK, each day the pebbles are carefully raked into patterns and maintained to facilitate meditation, lastly Dunstanburgh Castle built in 1322, is one of the North East most iconic ruins with beach front vistas, the site locates the film in the North East and refers directly to The Laing gallery collection, to reveal the connections with JMW Turner’s watercolour painted in 1798-1800. Preparing the Ground is an ongoing project with two clear geographical sections: Europe and the Pacific Rim, further locations in Japan and New Zealand will be added to the project after a period of research and filming in 2017.
As part of the exhibition, Tyneside Cinema will also present film stills from the making of the final work, projected on the Cinema’s Pop-Up Film School on Pilgrim Street from 17:00-21:00, 19 January – 12 March 2017.
Find out more about Cat's experience as a Graudate Aritst in Residence at Tyneside Cinema right here.