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Here are some pictures from Seed to Seed Conversational Workshop that took place on the 6th September.

Thanks to all who took part in the workshop. We had an incredibly vibrant conversation with exceptionally varied groups of participants including the members from the local Indian communities, food growers and seed enthusiasts, Roger Smith from the Millennium Seed Bank and artists amongst others.

Particularly a warm thank you to the Indian Community representatives for their generous contributions of life experience in the UK and how they struggled to find a way to keep their vegetarian food culture alive in the constraints of the UK vegetable supply of the 60s, 70s and 80s. We heard incredible stories of sweetcorn growing in Kent against all predictions and monthly treks to London to stock up on spices, cooking oils, fruit and vegetables amongst other essentials.

Thank you to Roger Smith from the Millennium Seed Bank for his knowledge and helping us gain an insight into seed production.

Thanks also to all other participants for coming  and for sharing their views. Part of my work as an artist is to facilitate ways of making people from diverse backgrounds meet and share views. I think this event can be seen as a success.

I will be using audio recordings from this workshop to create a new piece of work and I will provide more information closer to the time.

I have some great feedback from some of the participants that you can read below.

I hope to continue the discussion and to be able to go deeper into the conversations soon with all of you.

Comments

Thanks Lorenza. I found it a very interesting meeting and particularly enjoyed the input from people of Indian origin, and from the scientists, who made a special and valuable contribution. I look forward to the next conversation, and I do appreciate the effort you put for people’s comfort: great venue, great refreshments etc.” Valerie

I really enjoyed the workshop and also was interested in reading your blog – I loved your photos.
I thought you might like to see a couple of the seed images I made recently…
Such and interesting subject! Look forward to more…” Erika

It was great to be able to get along to Seed to Seed on Friday and I really enjoyed it and I think you are a very good host! It was an interesting mix of people and it was really nice to meet everyone and have the opportunity to chat.

[…] I’d have loved to have learned a bit more about the traditions of seed keeping and perhaps seen some pictures – but perhaps I will find out more about it when you finally show the work. It is a really interesting subject with so many different facets and questions attached to it and of course people have such strong opinions and it is obviously a very emotive area. It was really interesting to have the seed scientist there who was able to give us a little factual information too.” Judith

Would you like to take part in a participatory art project at Fabrica Art Gallery?

© Francesca Moore

© Francesca Moore

Seed to Seed is a conversational workshop that will culminate in an artist film.

Using conversation and recordings from India as a catalyst we will delve into the many Indian and Asian cultures present in Brighton to understand their richness.

The conversation will be open to all participants creating a platform to discuss cultural diversity. Seed keeping in India, food production and technology, food in culture amongst other themes.The event will be filmed and audio recorded.
Refreshments Provided.

Seed to Seed – Free Conversational Workshop
6th September 2:30-4:00pm, Fabrica Gallery, 40 Duke Street, BN1 1HG An exploration of Seed Keeping, Technology, Food Production and Indian Cultures

For more information about the project blog: Learning Curves
or
email: lorenza@lorenzaippolito.co.uk or
call: 01273 778646

The Exhibition has come down and I am now in Italy for the first time in 10 months. It feels good to be back, but also to take some time to look at Moving Boundaries from a distance.

Since July a lot has been done, video and audio training, organising Talking to the Screen Workshop, editing the footage, reading up on new media, and now time to sit back and understand what it is that really makes me tick.

So now that I have had a little time to concentrate on where I want my practice to go and where to direct my energy, I thinking about my exhibition. I feel that the strongest elements were the digital ones and the participatory aspects too. On the other hand, I feel that the 3 photographic pieces were still interesting, but that the scale of some was exaggerated and that the participatory element was not as engaging as it could have been.

 

Untitled (Conversation II), an ipad piece in a wooden frame attached to the wall is an interesting mixture of digital technology and organic materials. In this piece I edit still images to convey a story, more precisely, manipulate the images to give the sense of a narrative.

The final piece which is untitled is a documentary of Talking to the Screen which was an informal discussion workshop to converse about older audiences and the politics of technology. In this video piece I was trying to convey the conversation as it happened and give a voice to all the participants. I feel that the art here is the interaction of the people.  Underlining the uniqueness of every conversation and the importance of people physically occupying a space and interacting.

Hello,

I am happy to announce that Becky Edmunds will be tailoring a one-to-one video and audio workshop for my Arts Council R&D project.

Becky is a video artist with a background in dance and choreography; she is an associate artist at Blast Theory. What really excites me about her work is the way she uses the images to communicate movement and rhythm, her uses of ambient sound and music to guide the viewer, but not impose meaning.

The workshop will consist of two parts. A first part where we will be looking at how to capture sound and images. Talking to Becky she suggested I take along someone to help on the day. She rightly pointed out that there are too many aspects to keep under control namely sound and image capturing, preparing the space, hosting the event, the technical bits – i.e. skype connections or loss of – and, not least importantly, engaging actively in the conversation.

Good bit of advice that!

The second part of the workshop will happen after the actual event and will concentrate on editing and how to convey the conversation and atmosphere of the day.

I’m really looking forward to it.