IN CONVERSATION with… is a series of collaborative events that look to challenge engagement, imagery, action, participation, exchange and discussion in art practice.
INCON with(12&13)…Neil Ferguson & Karen Turner
“THE Same but different”.
“Art is not there simply to be understood. … It is more the sense of an indication or suggestion” .
The events are set up around a mixture of simple and complex visual compositions and assemblages.
The works look to induce an individuals “sense” of something, NOT reduce to a shared understanding.
THE Same but different “… are “surrational” objects as events that make expectation “irrational “.
Each object and drawing invites the viewer to form their own narrative from the displays.
A 5 point/parts rule directs our decision-making. It is appropriated from Miro’s sketchbook drawings linking the 5 points of a human cell to figurative movement and structure.
This rule evokes wider considerations on potential narratives in things rather than simply their construction and component parts.
Connecting Miro’s thinking on figurative structure to Beuysian analysis of histories in things offers wider potential for engaging with the works in “The Same but Different”…
… 2 very different events in 2 different venues.
INCON with(13)…“THE Same but different”, at CAVESPACE, 81 Tachbrook Street, Pimlico, SW1V 2QP
25 – 28th October 2018
IN Conversation with(12)… “THE Same but different” at INCON, Brockley, London SE4 1YR. 13th & 14th October 2018
Neil Ferguson, Maciej Blazejewski and Fredrix Vermin…
“We know what we are doing…but… we can be wrong for the right reasons.”
8 -9 June 2018
IN Conversation with(10)… Neil Ferguson & Drew Adams
DRAWINGS into INSTRUMENTS… into MUSIC… a TRANSFORMATION PROCESS … an interactive workshop.
Saturday 28th April 2018 2.30 – 5.30pm
Sunday 29th April 2018 2.30 – 5.30pm
An experimental music workshop featuring 9 unique instruments . The instruments are hand made by Drew Adams following forms and lines from drawings exploring senses by Neil Ferguson.
IN Conversation with(9) …Neil Ferguson & Gareth Jones
“Raw Rewards”, Incidents from Dungeness
Raw INCIDENTS: decisions in an inhospitable environment.
3rd & 4th March 2018
“If we had not done what we did at Dungeness we would not know what we know now. We would not have that knowledge.”
The collaboration involved walking on the stony barren beaches of Dungeness in mid December 2017 in seasonal, but wholly inhospitable weather; locating ourselves in particular unsheltered spots that anchored, drove and shaped our actions.
All actions were relative to the circumstances, directed by the environment. Records were made on pre-prepared paper working only with what was found, extracted, mined in the cold, wet and windy conditions. These “works” looked to capture the moments of their production where scraping, grinding and pulling boards across rocks and sand left “histories”, capturing the physical and sensory connections involved. Would they reflect what was being felt? Would the outcomes measure up with the sensorial difficulties?
“Raw Rewards”, Incidents from Dungeness, are products of “touching with the earth”, where the environment refuses interaction – sandwiched between the savagery of the elements and the coping strategies for recording in extreme discomfort. No transference of pleasantries…more the exhilaration of coping with raw difficulty; strategies sustaining efforts “keeping us out there“.
“Raw Rewards” available for viewing on YouTube.
IN CONVERSATION with(8)…a Play with Maciej Blazejewski, Fred Vernon & Neil Ferguson
“Those Rehearsals” BYOB, Corkage £5
The 2 Act play took the form of a meeting about previous meetings about writing a play about a play.
IN CONVERSATION with(7)…Carol Wyss & Neil Ferguson
Beyond Controls is formed out of 10 sets of 32 drawings.
From initial lines, each drawing was scanned, emailed and printed to be developed further by hand. The repetitive nature of these procedures regularly exposed the limitations and idiosyncratic qualities of scanning and printing.
The structure of the collaboration would always be infinite, sequences without final drawings, statements held in digitized time becoming cycles of series that cannot be closed, like circles that cannot be joined.
IN CONVERSATION with(6)…Peter Bromley, Matthew Vincent-Townend, Neil Ferguson et al.
IN CONVERSATION with(5)…with Maciej Blazejewski, Fred Vernon & Neil Ferguson
IN CONVERSATION with(4)…John T.Freeman, Hugh Gilmour, Irene Godfrey, Qing Qi & Neil Ferguson
“From where YOU sit…”
IN CONVERSATION with(3)…Lucy McGeown & Neil Ferguson
“Ivy Road is an Artwork”.
IN IN CONVERSATION with(2)…Matthew Vincent-Townend & Neil Ferguson
IN CONVERSATION with(1)… Fred Vernon & Neil Ferguson