How do we design a future? How do we bring forward what makes our existence “make sense?”
In 2017, Karen Christopher (age 54) mentored Simon Persighetti (age 64) around ideas of creative development, sustainability, memory, and resources. The mentorship has evolved into this collaboration, dealing with the co-mentoring relationship between three mid-career artists who work to blur the boundaries between mentorship and making, between making and finding, and between finding and illuminating.
THICK TIME RADIO STATION (TTRS) is focused on the transmission and reception of imperceptible influences, making visible what we might otherwise fail to see, and bringing to attention what is already going on rather than creating or inventing actions. The TTRS activities for both artists and the public, will themselves constitute a mentorship and a series of experiences testing principles usually taken for granted or left unconsidered.
Christopher, Etheridge and Persighetti would like to work with 5-20 participants. Participation is free and voluntary, and the Call for Participants, including information on how to apply, can be found HERE.
TTRS at High Concept Labs includes:
Broadcast #1: Performance lecture: Antenna: a public event introducing the project. Tuesday June 18, 6pm, at Hyde Park Art Center.
Broadcast #2: It Dawned on Me: an experience of light: a sunrise event on the solstice. Friday June 21, 4am-6am, at Experimental Station.
Broadcast #3: Torrent of Memory: masts and coordinates: Three workshops for local artist participants. We are looking for participants to take part in these workshops and be part of the project’s final presentation. Tuesday to Thursday June 25-27, 10am-1pm, at HCL.
Broadcast #4: Witness effect: who’s listening: one-to-one advisory sessions for local artist participants.
Broadcast #5: Thick Time radio transmission: a radio broadcast, a sonic communication from the inside of our station network. Frequency and schedule to be announced.
Broadcast #6: Anti-Entropy: Thick Time progress report: a concluding public event, including the integration of newly devised material by and with participants. Saturday 29 June, 3pm at Hyde Park Art Center.
THICK TIME RADIO STATION is a Haranczak/Navarre Performance Project. The original mentoring sessions were supported by Creative Kernow, CULTIVATOR, funded by the European Social Fund, the European Regional Development Fund, Arts Council England and Cornwall Council.
THICK TIME RADIO STATION is presented in association with Experimental Station and Hyde Park Art Center.
Karen Christopher is a collaborative performance maker, performer and teacher. With her company, Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, she is engaged in creating a series of performances devoted to collaborative performance-making processes. Karen was a member of Chicago-based Goat Island performance group for 20 years until the group disbanded in 2009. She now lives in the UK, working to define a practice which continues in a collaborative mode. Her focus is on artistic negotiation in the making process and finding non-traditional structures for working and composing live performance works. Her work includes listening for the unnoticed, the almost invisible, and the very quiet. She is paying attention as a practice of social cooperation.
Karen has 25 years experience leading performance composition workshops at numerous art centers and universities in the US, UK, and Europe, including extended performance devising workshops at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow); the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; in the Context Choreography program at the Inter-University Center for Dance (HZT) Berlin; de Theaterschool, Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (AHK); Dartington College of Arts; University of Aberystwyth; University of Plymouth; University of Sussex; Kampnagel (Hamburg); Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance; and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).
Karen is an Honorary Fellow of University College Falmouth, Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, University of London, and an Artist Research Fellow in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary, University of London.
Etheridge & Persighetti (UK) are artists and performance makers who create live participatory artworks that explore the interrelationships between people and places.
Operating at the intersection between architecture, community, landscape and performance, their collaborative practice (since 2011) invites audiences to investigate their own relationships with the places in which they live, work and play. Etheridge & Persighetti are developing a new body of work that continues their concern with the fragile ecologies of different kinds of ‘public’ spaces. “Public House” explores visions of future social landscapes by focusing on the enduring role of pubs as key places of social gathering, intergenerational exchange, entertainment, history/herstory telling, and activism. Recent works have been commissioned by partners including Compass Live Art, Live Art Development Agency, Lancaster Arts, and Hall for Cornwall.
Katie Etheridge, a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, is the creator of Faceback, the live art game that has gone viral at events across the UK and overseas, connecting thousands of people who wouldn’t normally meet. In 2019 Katie will launch a new Social Enterprise focused on developing socially engaged arts projects that promote and inspire face to face communication in neighborhoods, towns and cities.
Katie has extensive experience in creating playful, inclusive and intelligent workshops for emerging and professional artists. She taught site-specific performance at Dartington College of Arts (2009 -2010) and Falmouth University (2011-2015) and guest lectures on Architecture, Theatre and Animation degree courses.
Simon Persighetti is a member of Wrights & Sites, a group of performance-trained artist-researchers producing international site-specific performances, walking projects, publications and other art works since their formation in 1997.
Simon is an experienced educator, lecturing in site-specific performance and devised theater at Dartington College of Arts, UK (1997-2008) and Falmouth University (2009-15). He completed a PhD, Mis-Guided Exploration of Cities in 2008 and he mentors practiced-based researchers. He ran a series of public Leaving the Building walks in Exeter, Bristol and Prague (2015-16) devised to complement the current architectural focus being applied by Wrights & Sites with their recently published “Mis-Guide: The Architect-Walker,” Triarchy Press (2018)