During Covid-19 our windows have given us both distance from and proximity to our surroundings, an uneasy combination of separation and exposure, allowing us to stay in touch with neighbours and welcome changes in season. Normally thresholds for us to open up to the world they now limit our choices, providing controllable, if fragile, barriers from risk and danger. Whilst recent times have brought isolation, separation and loss, we’ve also discovered fresh opportunities to explore what home means and new digital ways of inviting people into our spaces for celebration and enjoyment. Tempo Arts is delighted to be working with five international artists to present ‘Your Place’, a new digital on-line project which offers perspectives during the lockdown and beyond.
‘Your Place’ will remain live on the site through April 2021.
Negotiations is a film you can interact with in times of restricted movement. Restrictions on our movements have given us the opportunity to look on spaces in new ways, letting us investigate places we would normally not look at, at all. Locations chosen by the artist are either normally too busy to be able to measure and scrutinise or areas in the midst of the public realm which we normally regard as having little or no significance whatsoever.
The Hastings Book of the Earth – Funerals that have been and funerals yet to come explores what death means to people living in Hastings during the Covid-19 pandemic. It reflects on the significance of rituals associated with death, reminding us that death is part of life. Many people have lost loved ones during these times but have been unable to attend funerals or say their farewells in the ways they would have wished. The book is organised as five journeys through locations and landscapes in Hastings which build on written contributions from local people.
#lockdownwander examines the softer power of our non-verbal communication as something that can side-step or transcend bounds of the written word, both in close relationships and in the wider world. A question of togetherness, of care and of solidarity and how these are and can be expressed through signals and gestures. The artist uses images of hands: the gestures they make, and how the hand in cartoon form becomes an image of a person.
Marcos Vidal Font
Balearic Appropriationist Map BAM draws on the artist’s collection of more than one hundred silkscreens of logos of former companies, bars and restaurants in the Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Menorca which were impacted during the global economic downturn of the late 2000s. The artist draws parallels with the current global crisis, questioning how our present times might be remembered.
SHOW YOUR TONGUE! TAKE YOUR PLACE! involves viewers in a quiz-styled game which invites us to present images of ourselves with our tongues out and expect these to be comically manipulated for public display. Exhibited images will depend on the answers chosen by those playing but there are no right or wrong answers, more choices at a time when our alternatives have become restricted.
All images © the artists except where other services are employed.
The artists’ projects for Your Place have been realised through the technical support and expertise of Nick Weekes.
Your Place’ is supported by public funding from Arts Council England’s Emergency Response Fund and East Sussex Arts Partnership.