ARTISTS / PARTNERS

TAEY IOHE
Taey Iohe is an artist and writer based in London, Seoul and Dublin. Her recent works include a series of photographic, performance and art writing pieces, which focus on the event of sleep. Her art world engages with socio-cultural memories through language, installation and moving images, and introduces the concept of the translating space. She has received her PhD at the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin (2014); her research suggests a creative way of understanding migratory aesthetics, and builds an imaginary architecture to bring together the critical concepts and the practical tools of the artist in her art making.
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GABRIEL JACKSON
Gabriel Jackson identifies himself on his Twitter account (@gjackson3) as a freelance composer who likes clothes, RnB and Eastern Europe.
About his musical style he says 'I try to write music that is clean and clear in line, texture and structure; my pieces are made of simple melodies, chords, drones and ostinatos. They are not about conflict and resolution; even when animated, they are essentially contemplative. I like repetition and 'ritualised' structures. Much of my work reflects an interest in Medieval techniques and ideas - I am particularly drawn to the ecstatic, panconsonant music of the early Tudor period. For me, music is the most powerful medium for transcendence.'

GREG WOHEAD
Greg Wohead is a London-based writer, performer and live artist originally from Texas. So far his work has been strongly rooted in autobiography and usually takes the form of hybrid pieces of theatre, live art and storytelling involving drawings, pico projections or cassette tapes.
Greg has recently been commissioned through Flying Solo to work with Fuel, Contact Theatre, The Albany and MC Theater (Amsterdam) to develop a new show, The Ted Bundy Project - a theatre piece about serial killer Ted Bundy.
Greg's work has been supported by Battersea Arts Centre, Ovalhouse, Wales Millennium Centre, The Basement, The Yard-where he is an Artistic Associate- and Arts Council England.
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RISING SUN
The Rising Sun Arts Centre is a small, independent arts centre, which for over 20 years, has been staffed and run by volunteers. The Rising Sun started as a squat, created by a group of intrepid artists who saw a need for ground-level arts development, for and by, the people of Reading. The centre gained charity status in the mid-90s, and has been at the heart of Reading's cultural life ever since.

The Rising Sun creates a space where creativity flourishes and people come together to make things happen. Our programme includes a varied line up of high quality events and activities, avant garde music from some of the world's top improvisers, ground breaking, participatory projects and the best band nights in town to name a few, all managed by volunteers without the benefit of core funding or full time staff.
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SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE
South Street is an arts centre in the heart of Reading presenting a diverse range of performing arts from both the professional and community sectors, programmed by Arts Co-ordinator John Luther (who can be contacted on john.luther@reading.gov.uk). The professional programme attracts the very best new and established names in fringe theatre, comedy, music and live literature.
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READING BACH CHOIR
Reading Bach Choir was founded in 1966 by Simon Johnson, with the aims of performing choral music to the highest standard, and of promoting the enjoyment of music in the Reading area. The performance of a major Bach works every two years is a continuing aim, though our repertoire has always been very varied. In pursuit of high standards we have always employed professional instrumentalists and soloists. To date we have sung under six different music directors who have each brought to the Choir their own brand of inspiration.
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OLIVIA DEVANE
Olivia Devane makes found footage films, altering pre-existing sources based on current issues. The work aims to give a metaphorical portrayal of the manner in which society uses social media and other internet based media in order to give pretence of understanding and empathy for both local and global concerns. As a 'Facebook generation' our news feeds, and consequently our lives, are littered with opinions which we consume almost unknowingly. The work examines the editorial process of documentary: how an issue can be highly altered by how it is assembled in order to fit with the producer's vision. It comments on the process of documentary making and the manner in which we often perceive this medium as completely factual rather than being subjective to the creators individual opinion.

WILLIAM CUNNINGTON
I am a 1st Year student, studying the Art BA course, although I hope to combine this with the History of Art next year. To construct the sculpture, I used fragments of 78 records, lots of superglue, relics from the 1st World War (303 bullets, a fuse, fragments of grenades, a rifle bolt, a Brodie Helmet, all of which were from the Somme), copies of Centimes notes, balsawood, copper foil, parts from an old sewing machine and clock, and old motor, an antique switch and, to make the boiler, cardboard, paper, wood, old round wooden pencils for the pipework, a copper-coloured paste used in the restoration of picture frames. I also used Winsor and Newton Carvable Modelling Paste, black acrylic paint and black ink.
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MYROFORA DRACOPOULOU
Myrofora is a Greek South African in 2nd year studying art and psychology. Using art as a therapy and exploring psychological theories through art. Some of her work in this years exhibition is Inspired by Gestalt psychology, which is the study of how our brains generate meaningful forms from simple elements such as lines and curves. 'I created a piece depicting that without this cognitive function our perception of the world would just be a chaotic mix of unrelated elements' Arts therapeutic qualities inspired her to explore schizophrenia, a disorder causing hallucinations and memory loss in her second piece. She tried to emulate the feelings of being disconnected from your environment and slowly loosing contact with yourself and what is real. Her third piece was inspired by her work with a anti human trafficking organisation the 'No Project' This piece was created to raise awareness of the lack of knowledge we have of our luxury goods, such as the illegal and forced diamond trade.

SAHA MALIK
Saha is a first year student, studying the ba art course and the university of Reading. The process leading to the final outcome is very important. She says: 'Often the process to create the piece is more fascinating than how it looks at the end. Often we misjudge how much work and effort is put into a piece of art. I like to focus on what we revolve around physically and mentally and how that has an effect on our lives.'

SARA DAVIES
I do this so I am not forgotten; to prove to myself that I exist.

Sara Davies' practice is informed by her background in fine art, live art and traditional theatre; as well as her feminism. Research led, she creates intimate performance work that balances on the edge that exists between artist and audience. She is concerned with the fragmentation of self that occurs during major life events and deals with notions of ambivalence, loss, guilt, freedom, forgiveness and acceptance.

Returning to live art after the birth of her daughter in 2010, Sara Davies has shown work at SPILL National Platform, Chelsea Theatre and Experimentica Festival. My Hometown was developed in partnership with National Theatre Wales as part of WALESLAB, with dramaturgy by Louise Mari of Shunt Theatre. Locally she has performed as part of the Yellow Suitcase Project and at Reading Fringe Festival.

Sara Davies lives in Reading and is co-founder of strengthcollective, under whose banner she co-produces ReadingLIVE (this year in support of International Women's Day). She works in Arts Development for local arts charity jelly.

http://www.morethanoneversion.blogspot.co.uk/p/previous-work.html
www.strengthcollective.co.uk
www.jelly.org.uk