LB x a-n Artist Bursaries

Youngsook Choi and Taey Iohe

Youngsook Choi, in collaboration with Taey Iohe, has used the bursary to research colonial botany and shamanic plants; develop the ideas of inter-species symbiotic care; launch an experimental working group with invited practitioners whose works are anchored on decolonising botanical science; and set up mentoring sessions for further development beyond the bursary period. The working group had a public launch event on 15th June, more information and a recording of the event can be found below.

Youngsook Choi and Taey Iohe form Breakwater, a London-based Korean diaspora artist duo. With a mutual interest in counter-narratives of spiritual knowledge, folklore, and queer methodologies, Youngsook and Taey's collaborative practice centres around socio-politics of post-colonialism, climate justice, and migrant's lived experiences. As a recipient of an Arts Council England Project Grant, Breakwater has been running a collective healing project Becoming Forest for East and Southeast Asian diaspora, adopting a folk healing approach that values shared cultural identity, seasonal sense and natural environments as critical methodologies. Along with the radio commission by Arts Catalyst (2020-21), this bursary project is the stretch from their ongoing exploration of planetary healing, colonial taxonomy in botanical science and non-white bodies in natural landscapes. Choi and Iohe both currently live and work in London.

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Online seminar - Rewilding Knowledge: Cosmopolitics, Stone Womxn, Bluecarbon and Illegal Seeds

Tuesday 15 June, 11am - 1pm

Decolonising Botany is a working group of artists/researchers with a focus on challenging and complicating the colonial system of knowledge production around nature science, ecology and migration. Its unconventional research and art practices explore alternative methodologies, counter-perspectives and experimental collaboration with other-than-human. In the launch of Rewilding Knowledge, the working members shared the trajectories of seeding ideas and relevant practices.

This seminar took place on zoom, you can watch the recording here.

Grace Collins and William Lang

Building on recent immersive performance and installation Host of Nothing (2020), Grace Collins and William Lang have returned to hosting each other's practices to create a short film Past the tree line, details of which can be found below. Host of Nothing was an immersive performance and installation created for the winter solstice, wherein Collins and Lang hosted each othersʼ practices. They have developed this piece by reflecting on Imbolc (meaning “in the belly”), a festival of anticipation, which is thematically relevant to the wider biennial and their own research. Re-interpreting both of their process-led participatory practices through video provides a relevant option to share immersive performative artworks with audiences within current restrictions.

Grace Collins is a participatory artist from St Helens who works with other people to create new artworks about magic, mental health, and chairs. William Lang is a performer and dance artist based in Liverpool, whose practice explores queerness, the un-trained body and the ephemeral through improvisation scores. Both Collins and Lang currently live and work in Merseyside.

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And check out this blog post that Grace and Will have written as a first extract from their bursary collaboration here.

Online screening: Past the Tree Line

Saturday 26 June, 12pm - 12am

'Past the tree line' is a new film created by Grace Collins and William Lang as part of their bursary project.

Two people, one night, have the same dream. They meet through an online message board for people whose dreams have a partner. They’re sure that someone else must feel the anticipation of waiting for flowers to bloom, nestled under the ground you are told not to walk on...

Sophy King

Sophy King has used the bursary to learn to record sound (underwater and above) and to enhance editing skills, through masterclasses and mentorship by industry professionals. This technical development has supported her current work about wild swimming through the pandemic. It has also enabled her to establish contacts, exploring this work’s dissemination.

King’s early career creating public artworks developed, via Landscape Architecture, into a multidisciplinary practice addressing the intersection between human and non-human activity. Her recent MA Fine Art at MMU considered the environmental and cultural implications of peat consumption, ecosystem depletion and the climate crisis. King currently lives and works in Manchester.

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You can read more about Sopy's exciting developments via her blog post here. You can also view a clip of Adjusted Horizons work in progress below.

Daksha Patel

Daksha Patel was based at Invisible Flock’s studio in Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the duration of the bursary period, where she was mentored in the use of LIDAR scanner technology. She experimented with LIDAR in the field, by scanning water in the nearby lake and exploring projecting the scans on the surface of the water.

Patel’s practice engages with scientific processes of visualisation, measurement and mapping. Recent residencies include Anatomy, King’s College (current), Life Science, Dundee University (2018), and Mathematics, Bristol University (2019). Recent solo exhibitions and events include Dundee Contemporary Arts (2019), Paper2 Gallery, Manchester (2019), Waterman Arts, London (2018), Horniman Musuem, London (2017), and LifeSpace, Dundee (2017). Patel currently lives in Manchester and works in Salford.

Learn more about her practice:

Check out two blog posts Daksha has written about her time at Invisible Flock here and have a look at her work in progress below.

You can also watch a recorded interview with Daksha in the Studio Visit section of the website here.

Rain Wu

Rain Wu has used the bursary to purchase mycelium and set up a grow room in her studio. Throughout the duration of the Biennial, she has researched and developed the ‘cast-growing’ technique using custom-made molds with a goal in developing an aesthetic language from the material itself.

Wu is a Taiwanese artist and architect whose work is conceptually driven and materialises in different forms and scales from drawing, sculpture, food performance to architectural installation. She graduated from the Royal College of Art and University College London (Bartlett). Her artwork has been exhibited in Sharjah Biennial, Taipei Biennial, The Palestinian Museum, London Design Biennale, Lisbon Architecture Triennale; she was one of the Designers in Residence at the Design Museum, London (2016), an artist in residence at The Van Eyck (2018-19), and she is an associate lecturer at University of the Arts London. She currently lives and works in London.

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You can watch a recording of Rain's online in conversation with Assistant Curator Abi Mitchell via the Biennial's Instagram TV.

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With additional thanks to the Independents Biennial for their support on the selection process.