Take Five: Eva Cookney

Eva Cookney - Sage

With Show One open this week, we’ve been talking to the exhibiting students to find out about their rituals and routines in the studio, as well as some of the ideas behind their final projects. 

If I’m making a video or taking photos then I usually stick on some music to give me a kind of rhythm to think and perform to. Lately this has been a lot of Peaches but I have stuff I always return to like Fugazi, The Julie Ruin and Black Sabbath.

For her final project, BA Fine Art student Eva Cookney has been working under a performative character called Sage to create a space within the show that looks at fetishism and immerses the audience into the world of her alter-ego. A lot of her work focuses on the preparation involved in transforming herself into Sage and really getting into the right frame of mind for her performances.

From trialling wigs and costumes to improvising in front of a camera and watching YouTube tutorials for inspiration, Eva’s work-making ritual also relies heavily on music. To find out more about Sage, Eva told us which five songs she has been relying on most to gather inspiration when working on performances:

  1. Black Sabbath – Fairies wear boots
  2. The Julie Ruin – Oh Come On

  3. Peaches – Dick in the Air

  4. Young Trynas – Control

  5. Fugazi – Suggestion

     

Show One is open to the public until Sunday 29 May, for opening times and more information please head to our dedicated Degree Show page.

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In Process: Zara Ramsay

Zara Ramsay

Zara Ramsay

In a series of interviews, we talk to our graduating artists about their practice and process…

BA Fine Art student, Zara Ramsay’s objects are betwixt and between. An arrangement of found and made pieces: the resin cast of a bumbag hangs from the ceiling with strips of elastic either side or a video of someone imitating the sound of Kellog’s crunch (something the company attempted to trademark). The objects are brought together in installation, in what Ramsay describes as “a pseudo-science, an analysis of practices of living and our experience of materiality.”

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Imma: Trans, Okay, Challenge, Performance, Audience

I used MA Fine Art as a way to question performance – where it sits and what its capabilities are – what the recipe for live performance is, opposed to digital performance or performing photography
Before that BA Fine Art, Parsons
Before that, I was a professional ballet dancer

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It’s a really important performance for me

I’m going through all this stuff so recently and to be just be able to outwardly and openly speak about it in a public space brings it to me differently rather than just talking to friends or at home or in the pub

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Take Five: Eva Wilkinson

Eva Wilkinson, Twinkle Your Tits Somewhere Else Love - Installation View 2015

Eva Wilkinson, Twinkle Your Tits Somewhere Else Love – Installation View 2015

With Show One open this week, we’ve been talking to the exhibiting students to find out about their rituals and routines in the studio, as well as some of the ideas behind their final projects. 

As something of a digital flâneur, MA Fine Art student Eva Wilkinson makes videos from footage captured from her digital wanderings on Google Street View. The locations featured are places she has previously visited within the real world, and through these films she explores the borders and boundaries of real spaces, remembered spaces, and urban landscapes.

We asked Eva to talk us through some of the key spots from her digital wanderings.

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Show One Theme: the Delights and Dangers of Digital

Naomi Ellis

Naomi Ellis

In this series we connect the dots on work in Degree Show One. Here, we look at artists exploring the impact of digital technology…

A machine that offers you a sweet while stealing your image, a study of the bacteria found in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the story of one of the world’s most isolated islands might seem like they have little in common. Apart from all being works in Degree Show One, they share something deeper, each one exploring the possibilities and implications of digital technology.

Emanuel Tomozei’s Technoclampsia (BA Fine Art) combines virtual reality technology with performance art, inviting viewers to enter a world the artist has created. “I was doing performances and trying out film but I wasn’t happy with them. I didn’t enjoy using my body as the medium,” he explains, “then I found VR and I thought ‘this is the perfect thing’. This year I really wanted to apply it to a performance and see how it would work… I think there’s huge potential for this technology in the live arts.”

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Gallery: Show One Private View

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© Belinda Lawley, Central Saint Martins Degree Show One 2016

Last night’s Private View for Show One was a resounding success, and a momentous start to this year’s Degree Shows. 

After months of preparations, our graduating students from the Art Programme enjoyed the labours of their hard work alongside their guests, with Grayson Perry and Gustav Metzger popping down to take a look at the work too.

Take a look at some of the photo highlights in the gallery below. Degree Show One will be open to the public until Sunday, please do come along and see it all for yourself.

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Degree Show One Private View in Vines

Last night’s Private View for Show One marked the beginning of the 2016 Degree Shows, and what an emphatic start it was. If you came along, we hope you had a great time, and if you didn’t, we’ll be open until Sunday.

With an evening jam-packed with performances, as well as a huge amount of student work on display, it was easy to miss out on some of last night’s highlights. Not to worry, we’ve put together a selection of some of the live performances and work on show that we managed to capture on Vine.

See below for a selection of highlights from the evening, in all their six second glory.

Alex Dipple, MA Fine Art – Demonstrating Vowels

Silvy Liu – Final Examination

Derry McIlwaine, BA Fine Art – Image GNR8R

Hauyu Yang, BA Fine Art – Social Communication

Jaron Hill and Angelina Jesson, Jingwen Liu, Xiaochun Wang, and Darae Baek, BA Fine Art

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2016 MullenLowe Nova Award: Show One shortlist announced

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Naomi Ellis

After much deliberation, the Nova judges have come to a decision about the final Show One shortlist for this year’s Nova Awards.

Announced this afternoon, the final four students shortlisted from Show One are: Neale Willis, MA Photography, for his facial recognition machine and recordings of deleted tweets; Naomi Ellis, BA Fine Art, for her work which reflects romanticist longing found within the digital age; Sarah Craske, MA Art and Science, for her work that transforms art and science with a 17th century edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses; Julius Colwyn, MA Art and Science, for his sculptures influenced by Complexity Theory.

Stay tuned for the Show Two nominees later next month.

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In Process: Sergei Zinchuk

Sergei Zinchuk

Sergei Zinchuk

In a series of interviews, we talk to our graduating artists about their practice and process…

For Degree Show One, Sergei Zinchuk (BA Fine Art) has created the ghost of a house from the unassuming combination of plywood and cable ties. Suspended from the ceiling, the gridded form hovers in the atrium space at the College.

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Take Five: Joshua Tabti

Joshua-Tabti

With Show One just a week away, we’ve been talking to the exhibiting students to find out about their rituals and routines in the studio. 

In between creating this year’s BA Fine Art website and adding the finishing touches to his experimental performance project which sees photographs of World War II  concrete bunker ruins line The Street, Joshua Tabti told us about the places he has taken solace in and come to rely on the most during this hectic time.

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1. The ruins of Atlantic Wall, Hitler’s bunker defence against the Allies is the subject of my degree show work. These monolithic and brutal ruins pepper the coast between France all the way up to Norway. Read the rest of this entry »

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In Process: Jessica Young

Jessica Young

Jessica Young

In a series of interviews, we talk to our graduating artists about their practice and process…

Our atrium is a huge space, offering up a tempting spatial canvas to graduating students. Jess Young (BA Fine Art) has taken on the challenge by creating her largest work to date for Degree Show One, a series of hung objects made from foam, latex and inflatable plastic all in pastel shades.

Engaged, like many students, with the impact and experience of digital technology, Young however wanted to work with tactility and decided to marry the two:

It’s a concept I’ve been working on for most of this year, trying to realise that the relationship between the physical and the digital isn’t a rivalry. There’s a synergy. Just because something is digital doesn’t mean it can’t be translated into the physical.

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In Process: Jean-Baptiste Lagadec

Watergun / Arianne, Jean-Baptiste Lagadec, acrylic and ink on wood, 155 x 110 cm

Watergun / Arianne, Jean-Baptiste Lagadec, acrylic and ink on wood, 155 x 110 cm

In a series of interviews, we talk to our graduating artists about their practice and process…

Jean-Baptiste Lagadec (BA Fine Art), who is showing a series of paintings in Degree Show One, spent the first two years of his degree working digitally. But something wasn’t right. “I wasn’t happy with myself and I didn’t know why”, he explains, “at some point I realised that I was working on my computer morning to evening, when I had a break I would still be at my computer, then I’d have dinner and watch a movie on my computer. When the tool for leisure is the same as the tool for work, it’s problematic.”

Looking to break the monotony and lethargy he felt working at a screen all day, Lagadec took a year out for a Diploma in Professional Studies. He contacted printers and publishers, keen to engage with the realisation process, making things. Working at a screenprinters, Lagadec was energised by the daily practice:

It was fantastic. I was doing a bit less with my head but way more with my body. I was in contact with colours, solvents, the smell and the dirt.

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