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GenZ Journal, part 2: Mental Health

The second in a series of downloadable journals of ideas towards a lifestyle magazine, written and edited by GenZ, a group of 16-25 year olds based in Gravesham, Kent. The journals aim to act as insightful, expressive and critical framework, allowing ideas to develop into magazine content. They are visual journeys through the minds of young people.

For each themed edition, a member of the group acts as editor, gathering drawings and ideas generated by all the group members into one document and writing critical evaluation that was then discussed at the regular meetings at The Grand in Gravesend. The group have been working with artist Ania Bas, who initiated the collaboration and has been assisting in its development.

Further editions will added here over summer and autumn 2019. #2 edited by Fabienne

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GenZ Journal, part 1: Fashion

The first in a series of downloadable journals of ideas towards a lifestyle magazine, written and edited by GenZ, a group of 16-25 year-olds based in Gravesham, Kent. The journals aim to act as insightful, expressive and critical framework, allowing ideas to develop into magazine content. They are visual journeys through the minds of young people.

For each themed edition, a member of the group acts as editor, gathering drawings and ideas generated by all the group members into one document and writing critical evaluation that was then discussed at the regular meetings at The Grand in Gravesend. The group have been working with artist Ania Bas, who initiated the collaboration and has been assisting in its development.

Further editions will added here over summer and autumn 2019. #1 edited by Maria.

Image of conversation. courtesy of Keira Greene & Florence Peake 2018

A Work-In-Conversation by Florence Peake, a Studio Visit with Keira Greene

Whitstable Biennale Performance Curator Keira Greene met with artist Florence Peake to discuss Florence’s practice in situ at her studio. The conversation moved fluidly between Florence’s collaboration with dance artists and her relationship to scoring and improvisation. View a transcript of parts of the conversation, written by Keira, with the text annotated and drawn into by Florence.

Prose Brut: Jude Crilly in conversation with Keira Greene

Commissioned for Whitstable Biennale 2018, Prose Brut was a performance work by artist Jude Crilly made for Whitstable Harbour. It was composed of interwoven choreographies, a seagull swarm, and a site-specific sculpture in collaboration with artist Morgan Courtois.

Jude is joined in conversation by artist and Whitstable Biennale 2018 performance curator Keira Greene to discuss scores, choreography, the texts that inspired the piece and its title; and the joining of performers and audiences in public space. The interview includes extracts from the quadrophonic soundtrack made for the performance.

Creaking Breeze Trio in conversation with Keira Greene

As a part of Whitstable Biennale 2018, on 10 June, between 4:17pm and 5:17pm The Creaking Breeze Trio performed their new composition Slack Fulcrum Twelfths (Green Vitriol) on The Street, a spit of shingle projecting into the sea at Whitstable. Here the trio are joined in conversation by Whitstable Biennale 2018 performance curator Keira Greene to discuss the composition, which was guided by a series of letters about an imaginary band described in Nathaniel Mackey’s ongoing experimental fiction project From A Broken Bottle Traces Of Perfume Still Emanate.

Dave Kane, Alex Neilson, Chris Sharkey & Alex Ward: Live at Contrapop 2018

On the afternoon of 4 August 2018, as part of a partnership between Whitstable Biennale and Contra Pop Festival, Dave Kane (double bass, Leeds), Alex Neilson (drums, Glasgow), Chris Sharkey (electric guitar, Leeds) and Alex Ward (clarinet/electric guitar, London) performed as an improvisational quartet for the first time. Their 45-minute set took place in a marquee on Ramsgate beach in front of a captivated audience of around 250 people.

Listen to the set here, and read a transcript of the group interview conducted immediately after the performance by Adam Coney, an improvisational guitarist and music scholar based in Ramsgate.

Caroline Bergvall, Conference, 2018. Photo: Thierry Bal

Caroline Bergvall: Conference (After Attar)

This video documents Conference (After Attar), a multi-channel performance which premiered at Whitstable Biennale 2018. Drawing from Attar’s medieval poem The Conference Of The Birds, Caroline Bergvall leads a conversation between six conversants, who each share their thoughts on journeys they’ve engineered with their work, and the ways they each experience how languages and species move across places and through time. As the conversation progresses, voice frequencies and other elements start to affect it asking other forms of listening from the audience. (7m 48s)

All This Can Happen: Siobhan Davies in conversation with Gareth Evans

Created by Siobhan Davies and filmmaker David Hinton in 2012, All This Can Happen is a film constructed entirely from archive photographs and footage from the earliest days of cinema. Whitstable Biennale screened All This Can Happen on 8 June 2016) 2016. This was followed by this conversation between Davies and Whitstable Biennale 2016 Cinema curator Gareth Evans. (19m27s)

Richard Layzell, Softly Softly, 2014. Image: Reynir Hutber

Richard Layzell: Softly Softly

This video, filmed by Reynir Hutber, documents Richard Layzell’s performance Softly Softly, an elemental journey exploring suspension, elasticity, anthropomorphism and flight.Taking place in a then undisclosed location in Whitstable, it invited participants to uncover the universal in the everyday, the endangered in the familiar, function and form, expectation and humility, success and failure, tension and release, pathos and play. (23m31s)

View of Sheppey from the Isle of Grain. Photograph: Matthew de Pulford, 2016

Rachel Lichtenstein: Estuary

Writer and artist Rachel Lichtenstein gave an illustrated talk, with artist Jeremy Millar and chaired by Whitstable Biennale’s Director Sue Jones, at the Whitstable Biennale 2014. Rachel’s talk focused on research she undertook for a book on the Thames Estuary, titled ‘Estuary: A Deep Exploration of Place’, which was published by Penguin in 2016. This journal entry collects an article about the future of the Thames Estuary that Lichtenstein wrote for Aeon, as well as ‘A Study for the Estuary’, a short and poetic film made collaboratively by Lichtenstein and James Price. (Video 16m43s)

Neil Henderson: Tidal Island (production still courtesy of the artist)

Interview with Neil Henderson

by Emma Leach

Neil Henderson’s work has encompassed multiple projector pieces, experiments with the materiality of film and photography, and films about landscape. His work has been shown at Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Britain, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Anthology Film Archives, New York and Modern Art Oxford. He talks to Whitstable Biennale 2014 performance curator Emma Leach about Tidal Island, his work for the festival.

Ben Judd, Vast as the Dark of Night and as the Light of Day, 2014. Photo: Bernard G Mills

Ben Judd: Vast as the Dark of Night and as the Light of Day

This video, shot by Bernard G Mills, documents Vast as the Dark of Night and as the Light of Day, a performance for Whitstable Biennale 2014 by Ben Judd. The work was informed by his research into collectivity and ritual in Whitstable, such as the Blessing of the Waters, an annual thanksgiving traditionally associated with St James, patron saint of oystermen. (35m14s)