The institutional, clinical images are going to be used as a vage guide to how I wish to transform one of the rooms, and specific walls and windows at the Queen of Bradgate.
Central to this will be 'The discussion recordings" , "mirrored monitors showing footage of the building and past, musical happenings by selected local artists , aswell as the physical , walk through maze I'm developing , created by the old warn 70s flooring and wooden pictureless frames and found items "the building throws up".
Really Looking forward to the arranged tutorias with the brilliant artist and lecturer Anna Lucas over the coming months. Very lucky to have her to talk about this research and development project.!
Also spending a week working in London and working at a few gallery's aswell as doing my course at Lux, studios in field recording.
This month I also welcomed a very talented new artist assistant Courtney Askey - who will be accompanying me round London for First Thursday.
At the moment I'm in France collecting old old tape s of the community centre that was knocked down down - the place I grew up in - looking forward to transferring them to hard copy's- fingers crossed there all in good working order! .
If only there was more time in a week feels tgeres so much to unpick and uncover, guess that's life!
Some of the Artists, thoughts, authors, musicians and books I've been researching as part if the project
- " Recored discussions" as an object and an occupied space
- pedagogy of the repressed by Paulo Freire
- Marina Abramovic and thinking about "the artists is present " in terms of how it relates to the discussion recordings
-What it means to work with local people, sources and materials
- Venice Biennale including 'One. Two Three' by Vincent Meesen, who represented Belgium. "Place, sound, installation design, mirroring "
- Steve McQueen's "Ashes" seen at 56th Venice Biennale thinking about local representation of local people and distance away from media representation he creates in this work
-Mark Fisher's writing on Test Dept where left idealism and popular modernism collide
- Christopher Williams' 'Production Line of Happiness' at Whitechapel creation with the clean white wall space
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Leila Houston (London, 1977) is a visual artist whose work investigates the social, political and historical aspects of a place.