As part of her research fellowship at the University of Brighton, Arabel Lebrusan is inviting guests to take part in a drawing performance at Dorset Place, both as physical attendees of the gallery space and via an open Zoom call.
To the beat of a metronome with 272 different movements, the participant will be invited to draw waves, using charcoal and the movement of their body. Whilst 5-10 of these participants will do so in the gallery space, the rest will join remotely via Zoom. The collaborative performance will last around seven minutes, with additional time allocated beforehand to set up and cover explanations, and afterwards to discuss the performance as a group.
Can art making, through embodied thinking, activate our empathy at a deeper and more instinctive level than our rational understanding of events? Can this urge us to act? Investigating the exploitation and inequality deep-rooted in social tragedies, Toxic Waves seeks to engage with such disasters through the medium of art, exploring whether this medium has the power to close the distance between us and the events happening thousands of miles away from us.
On the 25th January 2019, the Córrego do Feijão iron ore mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil, played host to a disaster of devastating proportions. When a tailings dam belonging to Vale, the world’s largest iron ore producer, collapsed, tonnes of toxic mudflow advanced downstream, killing 272 people in the process. Prosecutors subsequently described a relationship of ‘pressure, collusion, rewards and conflict of interest between Value and the German company TÜV SÜD,’ alleging that Vale hid information about the dam’s instability to avoid harming the company’s reputation, and TÜV SÜD issued reports confirming that it was safe. Bringing the hard-hitting reality of this this site-specific tragedy to the table, Arabel is encouraging us to engage our bodies and minds with it through the medium of drawing.
Arabel Lebrusan is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics at the University of Brighton.
This is project #3 of Dorset Place x 11 collaborations – a new series of projects and work responding to the university as a site for experimentation and learning. Admission is free and open to all.
Dorset Place is Brighton CCA’s project space and hosts a series of short projects and exhibitions by emerging artists, organisations, curators and students. With a fast changing programme, the space is an exciting platform for experimentation, collaboration and engagement with new ideas and voices. Dorset Place allows us to be responsive, initiating and supporting projects which stand alone or connect to our wider programme. The space is offered free of charge with curatorial, marketing and limited technical support.
6 Dorset Place
Brighton BN2 0JG