May 11th, 2014
by Gill Park, Director of Pavilion
Showing: 13 May, 6.30-7.30pm at Hyde Park Picture House
In the late 19th century, before the advent of radio, telephone lines enabled remote audiences to listen to live performances and concerts. Artist Grace Schwindt will use this rudimentary method of communication to connect the cinema audience to a one-off performance she will choreograph in an empty theatre. Based on a passage from Schwindt’s forthcoming film, Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society, and featuring dancer Monique Smith-McDowell and a text prepared for the occasion by Bridget Crone, the event will interrogate ideas of liveness, detachment and community as they relate to the body of both performer and spectator.
Showing: The Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, Leeds, LS6 1JD
Tickets: Free; capacity is limited, booking essential.
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Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society attempts to take a system apart through a choreographically conceived working process that includes nine dancers, costumes, props, sets and a dialogue with a taxi driver, who was a political activist in the ’60s and ’70s. The film will be exhibited at Eastside Projects and The Showroom this summer.
Grace Schwindt is a German artist based in London. She is represented by Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp and distributed by Argos Centre for Art and Media in Brussels. Recent solo presentations include an exhibition at White Columns Gallery in New York in 2010, performances at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 2010 and the South London Gallery in 2011. In 2012, Schwindt received the Grant to Individual Artist for Performance Art and Theatre from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York. The same year, she completed the film Tenant that was produced as part of Film London Artists Image Network. Tenant has been shown in solo exhibitions at Collective Gallery in Edinburgh, Void Gallery in Derry, Wiels – Centre for Contemporary Arts in Brussels and in screenings at Whitechapel Gallery in London and CCA – Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow amongst others. In 2013, Schwindt received an Artsadmin Artists Bursary. Her new film is Commissioned by FLAMIN Productions through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network, Eastside Projects, and The Showroom, London, in association with Badischer Kunstverein; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Pavilion; Site Gallery. Supported by Arts Council England, Hessian Film Fund and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Pavilion is a visual arts commissioning organisation with based at the University of Leeds. It works with artists to produce new work and to programme events across diverse sites across the city. Recent Pavilion commissions include Lucy Skaer’s Film for an abandoned projector in Armley’s semi-derelict Lyric Picture House, Mathieu Kleybe Abonnenc’s An Italian Film (Africa Addio) sited in the engine house of a former pin factory and Melvin Moti’s Hyperspace, a new film in the basement of the former Majestic cinema in City Square. In 2014, Pavilion is producing new work with artists Gintaras Didziapetris, Mark Fell, Luke Fowler and Ruth Lyons. Pavilion was founded in 1983 as the UK’s first women’s photography centre in the park pavilion on Hyde Park, with a commitment to feminist art practice and radical social change. It continues to pursue a strong interest in the relationship between contemporary art and politics.