Image courtesy Livio Casanova.
This project takes gossip as a starting point, and builds upon an existing series of embroidered textiles through collaborative research and new work including fiction and furnishings.
Currently the research includes sources from writers such as Silvia Federicci – specifically Witches, Witch-hunting and Women – popular culture and ideas of opulence and luxury. This research expands upon the Gossip Characters within Livio’s series – Juicy, Thrilling, Malicious, Illicit, Boring, Idle, Trivial – to delve into, reflect on and subvert gossip as we think we know it.
Brighton CCA: Dorset Place will play host to a set, designed to invite visitors to sit on the Gossip Bench, riffing on a piece of furniture also known as telephone tables from the late 1800s. Whilst sitting on the bench, the visitor will be invited to listen to a specially written radio play, also available as a publication, that explores the Gossip Characters.
There will be a programme of events that accompany the exhibition including workshops and screenings that will be announced soon.
Livio Casanova (*1989/CH) is an artist working with and on textile. Recent exhibitions include 8. Salon (Hamburg), Württembergischer Kunstverein (Stuttgart), Institute For Provocation (Beijing), Yellow Brick (Athens) and Kunsthalle Bern (Bern), among others. Livio is part of the Artist-Run Space Milieu (Bern).
This project is supported by Kultur Stadt Bern.
This is project #4 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