Cara Tolmie: Otiumfold
Saturday 27 July, 5
The Hub Building, London, E9 5DU

The park is a horizontal social space: a democracy of sorts. A space where all kinds of people feel that all kinds of behaviours are acceptable in a way that might not be allowable elsewhere; beach wear, group exercise drills, portable PA’s, dance experiments to mention a few. These actions commingle upon the contours of this green space, colliding, bumping, passing but mostly ignoring one another and together creating the bizarre scene we know as – the park.

But within this varied and surreal landscape how might we define a performance? And how might we find new ways to contemplate this communal stage through this performance? — Cara Tolmie

Cara Tolmie performed Otiumfold alongside a group of participants who she collaborated with during her year-long Chisenhale Gallery Neighbourhood Residency. Together they carried out a series of choreographed and semi-improvised actions in response to the landscape of the park, creating an alternative way to navigate the park and interact with its architecture.

Performers:
Frank Anthony
Elizabeth Bogo
Leena Chauhan
Elsa Coustou
Edward Gillman
Sarah Hall-Craggs
Julia Parks
Linzi Stauvers
Cara Tolmie

Documentation  by Kimberley O'Neill, Duncan Marquiss and Mark Essen.

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Big Draw in Victoria Park
Saturday 6 October, 11
at The Hub Building, Victoria Park

A workshop with Neighbourhood Residency artist, Cara Tolmie who asked participants to imagine the undiscovered spaces within Victoria Park.
This event took place as part of The Big Draw 2012.

Cara Tolmie: Exercise Workshops for Performance
Saturday 2 March
across four Saturdays from 9 February - 2 March in Victoria Park

Across four Saturdays from 9 February - 2 March Cara Tolmie, the
Chisenhale Gallery Neighbourhood Residency artist presented a series of workshops in the Hub Building, Victoria Park. Experimenting with using our bodies performatively, the sessions used simple exercises to explore the fundamental elements of performance: gesture, movement, voice and the use of props. These workshops offered an open space to experiment, paying attention to the way we already use our bodies day-to-day. Basic exercises encouraged participants to think about how our bodies perform alone, alongside and in dialogue with one other.

These workshops form the starting point towards a live performance by
Cara Tolmie in Victoria Park on the weekend of 26/ 27 July 2013.

All workshops took place at The Hub Building, Victoria Park. Each session included a morning workshop and an afternoon film or performance.

To view resources used during the workshops please click here.

Saturday 9 February, 11am-4pm: Gesture and Repetition
Exercises at this session will experiment with the way we interpret our
physical gestures. By repeating these gestures a number of times in exaggerated, quiet or strange ways is it possible to give them different meanings?

Click here to download the programme notes for the Gesture and Repetitionworkshop. 

Saturday 16 February, 11am-4pm: Movement
This session will be an opportunity to experiment with new ways of moving our own bodies, finding imaginative ways of thinking about our movements and how they communicate.

Click here to download the programme notes for the Movement workshop. 

Saturday 23 February, 11am-4pm: Voice
During this workshop we will only use our voices. We will spend this time
discovering other ways to make noise with our voices, finding out how far we can push the sounds we make both alone and as a group.
* Please note that the venue for this workshop has changed to The V&A Building and Playground, located near to the Grove Road/ Gore Road entrance to Victoria Park.

Click here to download the programme notes for the Voice workshop. 

Saturday 2 March, 11am-4pm: Using Props
Each person should bring an object with them to this session. This object can be anything but must be no bigger than yourself. We will spend this workshop playing with different ways of performing with this object - using it to make us move in different ways, help us communicate with others, tell a story etc.

Click here to download the programme notes for the Using Props workshop.

The Neighbourhood Residency is part of Chisenhale Gallery’s Offsite
programme and for the second year is produced in collaboration with Tower Hamlets Parks and Open Spaces Department. Victoria Park is located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and recently received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore key historic elements. In 2012 Victoria Park was voted the Nation’s favourite park and received the 2012 People’s Choice Award.

Please click here for more information about Cara Tolmie, the Neighbourhood Residency artist.

Cara Tolmie: Wrangling Exercise 1
Tuesday 30 April, 7pm

Cara Tolmie, the 2012/13 Chisenhale Gallery Neighbourhood Residency artist, presented the first in a series of Wrangling Exercises. Building on her recent Exercise Workshops for Performance, she invited Marcelo Novillo, Victoria Park Senior Community Ranger and Jon Lewell, Site Representative of Works for the Victoria Park Redevelopment, to discuss public art and recreational space.

 


 

Cara Tolmie: Wrangling Exercise 2
Tuesday 11 June, 7
The Britannia, 360 Victoria Park Road, E9 7BT

Cara Tolmie, the 2012/13 Chisenhale Gallery Neighbourhood Residency artist, presented the second in a series of Wrangling Exercises – in the upstairs room in The Britannia pub, on the Tower Hamlets/Hackney border of Victoria Park. Tolmie invited Laura Guy, researcher and curator with Inheritance Projects, and artists Conal McStravick and Patrick Staff, to respond to the question: What is at stake when we talk of a public in relation to art?

Wrangling Exercise 1 took place at Chisenhale Gallery in April 2013, click here for more information.

Image: Cara Tolmie, Exercise Workshops for Performance: Gesture and RepetitionFebruary 2013. Photo: Manuela Barcezewski

Cara Tolmie: Chisenhale Gallery Neighbourhood Residency
Thursday 1 August
September 2012 - August 2013

Cara Tolmie was the Chisenhale Gallery Neighbourhood Residency artist (2012-13) and worked across the gallery’s Offsite, Education and Exhibition programmes to produce a commissioned Offsite work for Victoria Park. On 27 July 2013 Tolmie performed Otiumfold alongside a group of participants who she collaborated with during the residency. Please click here for more information and documentaton of the performance.

In May and June, Tolmie presented a series of Wrangling Exercises. Building on her recent Exercise Workshops for Performanceshe invited a range of speakers to discuss art, abstraction and public space.

The 2012/13 Chisenhale Gallery Neighbourhood Residency is produced in partnership with Tower Hamlets Parks and Open Spaces Department. This follows Matthew Noel-Tod’s year-long Victoria Park Residency, and the production of his film, Bang!which premiered at the gallery in August 2012 and was shot in Victoria Park.

Victoria Park is located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and recently received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore key historic elements. In 2012 Victoria Park was voted the Nation's favourite park.

Cara Tolmie (born 1984, Glasgow) lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions and events include Pley, commissioned and produced by Picture This, Spike Island, Bristol (2013); Vocal Folds, Nasjonal Museet, Oslo (2013); Deep Cuts, Marres, Maastricht (2012); Stages in the Revolution, Whitstable Biennale (2012); Her Noise: Feminisms and the Sonic, Tate Modern (2012); A Sensible Stage, LUX/ICA Biennial of Moving Images, London (2012); Frieze Projects, London (2011); Supplement, London (2011) and Read thou art and read thou shalt remain, Dundee Contemporary Arts (2011).