60|40 Starting point series: Manifold
5 July – 22 September 2013
Craft collective 60|40 invite multidisciplinary studio Manifold to take over the Studios. Responding to the space with new work, Manifold will challenge themselves to assume new roles – artist, performer, producer, choreographer, curator, host and guest, and the season will be peppered with traces, happenings and events.
Under the Influence
“it is necessary to have a master who by his teaching and precepts stirs and awakens the moral virtues whose seed is enclosed and buried in our souls.”
Baldesar Castiglione – Italian Renaissance courtier and author
Under the Influence represents a collection of those masters who have had a key influence, and awoken things within each of the Manifold artists, whether or not they knew it at the time. This collection of artists, makers, musicians, teachers, writers and family members provides solid foundation to Manifold’s takeover of Siobhan Davies Dance this summer, offering a triangulation point between our influences, the place, and the work we make during our stay.
Sun Ae Kim
I have chosen Joseph Willems, a well-known modeler from Chelsea Porcelain Factory in 18th century England. His works were often influenced by Meissen figurines; scenes of dancing and theatres. My influence from him is that his own interpretation was a potted history of English culture through figurines which I am interested in at the moment as part of my practice.
Manifold is a group of nine artists and designers who founded a studio in an east London railway arch in 2010. United by ongoing enquiry into material and process, our individual activities include sculpture, digital art, process-driven product design, drawing, research, teaching, and progressive approaches to age-old ways of making. Shared knowledge and the power of the group are the pillars of Manifold’s HQ. Guest artists and makers also join the studio from time to time, to take part in collaborative projects.
Siobhan Davies Dance
Founded and led since 1988 by pioneering choreographer Siobhan Davies, Siobhan Davies Dance has evolved over the years from a touring dance company into an artist-led investigative contemporary arts organisation. Exploring choreography and movement is very much at the heart of everything we do. So whilst we now apply choreography across a wide range of creative disciplines including visual arts, film and craft, we continue to hold our dance roots close.
60 I 40 Collective
An independent artists collective, founded by Clare Twomey, David Clarke and Tracey Rowledge; 60 I 40 seek to rewire the applied arts.
‘To respond to the current concerns within the applied arts. To create opportunities for makers to debate their work. To engage in wider dialogues with other disciplines.’