Cockings & Fleuriot - Performance image from Lendable Mendable Vendable at Art Night London, 2018

See Her - Sarah Cockings & Harriet Fleuriot

Artist talk
Friday 15th March 6.30 for 7pm

Sarah and Harriet will be sharing some of their activity from their week of research at and around Back Lane West, as well as presenting and discussing their previous works.

The artists are currently working towards their next project, SEE HER, as part of their first UK solo/duo show, presented at Block 336 (London, UK) in May/June 2019. The project will conclude on 22nd June 2019 at Art Night London, with a digitally-aided live performance.

As part of their research and preparation for SEE HER Sarah and Harriet are taking part in a residency at Back Lane West from 11th - 16th March 2018. They will be spending their time in the surrounding nature, exploring performative notions of prediction, confessional self-reflection, and shared determination. They are interested in the metaphysical properties of the “wilderness” in relation to the subject matter of SEE HER, and will be engaging with this through psychical gestures, bodily actions, and vocal expressions, framed by the landscape, camera and sound recordings.

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Sarah Cockings and Harriet Fleuriot are artists working collaboratively across performance, moving image, sound and sculpture.

Their first project together, a short film called PLASMA VISTA (2016), stemmed from inquiries into the performativity of self-discovery, economies of creative collaboration and mythologies around the feminine. It was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2017, won Tenderflix in 2016, and has screened internationally including WRO Bienale, Aesthetica, Underwire, BFI Flare, Eindhoven Film Festival (Best Experimental, Best Art Direction), ECU (Best European Experimental Film), London Short Film Festival (nominated Best Cinematography) and TBCTV at Somerset House. Following this, they created LENDABLE MENDABLE VENDABLE (2018), an interactive installation where they performed game-like systems to investigate the agency of material objects and anxious, desire-driven labour. LMV took place at Art Night (London, UK) and Eindhoven Film Festival (Eindhoven, Netherlands) in 2018 and will culminate in a short film produced towards the end of 2019.

SEE HER compares how ‘teen’ girls and 'thirty-something' women ritually engage with their sense of self development, and how this relates to the portrayal of women in horror films. Sarah and Harriet are conducting research through interviews, workshops and film analysis, as well as studying their own personal histories and current experiences. They are focusing on banal yet significantly charged reactions to emotional and bodily transitions, and how these identity shifts might feel particularly heightened for a woman during teenagehood and in her thirties. SEE HER will consider both the individual and collective response to personal growth, closely examining the coping mechanisms that provide clarity and certainty during times of confusion, anxiety and precarity. The work will play with sensationalist horror film tropes as a cultural reference point, deconstructing and defusing generic characterisations of female behaviour. It will explore the temporary belief systems, sensory perceptions, and social technologies used daily by teenagers and thirty-somethings as they reconfigure their own sense of being in the world.

Links
www.plasmavista.com
www.lendablemendablevendable.com