Monday, 16 June 2014

SCT graduates present shift at Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge, 44-46 Albert Street, Dundee, Sunday 22 June, 12.30-4.30pm

Graduate members of Exhibitions at DJCAD's Student Curatorial Team are working with Scottish-based artists to present shift, a one-day event to transform Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge, Dundee into studio/library/gallery hosting performance and installation on Sunday, 22 June, 12.30-4.30pm.

Morgan Cahn, Katie Reid and Lada Wilson are all graduate members of the Student Curatorial Team having attended Student Curatorial Team workshops and seminars, and curated exhibitions/events/projects during their time at DJCAD. Each continue to practice artistically and curatorially developing their understanding of how these roles interchange and relate.

Site-visit, Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge, 44-46 Albert Street, Dundee.
shift, curated by Katie Reid, is supported by her DVAA award and by the event's hosts Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge. Morgan Cahn, Becca Clark, Katie Reid, Richard Taylor & Lada Wilson make new works in response to the notion of the cafe as a 'third place' somewhere other than or in between home and workplace. Questioning what it means 'to work,' 'to practice,' 'to read,' or 'to journey' play a central role to many of the works developed for shift. While the time invested in, and the moments of exchange that occur through conversation are also of significance to many of the artists whether visibly or in the development of the project.

Richard Taylor's Work Done challenges the relation between practice and work most defiantly. Richard presents a small sculpture and a drawing connected by themes expanded upon in a new text read to the audience along with selected photography. The text to be read at 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm, will be slightly edited upon each reading after Richard journeys repeatedly all the way to the top of Dundee Law hill and back down to Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge to read again. Richard recently performed another Reading with Apparatus at Generator Projects for performingNOW.

Richard Taylor, Hutchinsons Tack at PerformingNOW, Generator Projects, 2014
Becca Clark's sculptural pulley systems developed for shift find themselves somewhere between work and play. A series of small interventions by way of teeny movable sculptures assess the value of input and output, action and reaction while Becca also presents zines; a medium made for the work/art, art/work, art/life, work/life balance.

Language and conversation take centre stage in both Morgan Cahn and Lada Wilson's works. Morgan's What do you think is vital knowledge or information for each of us to have? considers how we enact the process of learning while highlighting the moments of educational exchange that can occur through conversation. Developed as an active and evolving library, Morgan will exchange knowledge with visitors and log this in her newly bound book, pictured below with some of the encyclopaedias she will bring for reference.

Morgan Cahn, What do you think is vital knowledge or information for each of us to have? 2014

Lada Wilson transforms words from different languages into objets trouvés that lead to participatory events. For shift, Lada invites the audience to take part in a verbal and visual exchange that will create a portrait of time from words and imagination, exploring our understanding of language and the structures surrounding it. Lada's work will encroach onto the street with words running along the side of the cafe acting as signposts for thinking to approaching visitors.

Katie Reid takes her role as curator/facilitator of shift as inspiration for the work she'll develop. To experiment through extending the functional role that is often part of being a curator of site responsive projects she will make use of what temporarily becomes excess furniture in Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge encouraging her to consider what the terms, 'leftovers,' 'material,' and 'position' may mean from this perspective within the situation of shift.

Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge, 44-46 Albert Street, Dundee

shift, Sunday 22 June, 12.30-4.30pm at Enjoy..! Coffee Lounge, 44-46 Albert Street, Dundee is one of Central Station's featured events: and you can find out more information about the artists and their practices via the link above.

Follow the project on twitter using #shift or @PistachioRoux @beccalclark @rreitak @RichardTaylors

If you would like more information about how to join the Student Curatorial Team please email with 'Student Curatorial Team Application' in the subject heading.

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