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POLITIKINO – Pop-up political cinema at The Project Space

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POLITIKINO is a monthly screening of radical and political films curated by artist Sara Rees as part of her residency at The Project Space, Newport.

Free film screening, followed by discussion with Grace Krause, researcher at Cardiff University.

This months film – FILM: ‘Inside Job’ (2010) Directed By Charles Ferguson

The global financial meltdown that took place in Fall 2008 caused millions of job and home losses and plunged the United States into a deep economic recession. Matt Damon narrates a documentary that provides a detailed examination of the elements that led to the collapse and identifies keys financial and political players. Director Charles Ferguson conducts a wide range of interviews and traces the story from the United States to China to Iceland to several other global financial hot spots.

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MEET THE RESIDENTS #2: Sara Rees – “DEMOCRACY”

Still of DEMOCRACY from Arcade Cardiff courtesy of Sara Rees

Still of DEMOCRACY from Arcade Cardiff courtesy of Sara Rees

On Saturday 18th April and Saturday 2nd May, artist Sara Rees will engage shoppers and passersby in conversations about democracy at The Project Space on Newport’s Commercial Street in her performance of DEMOCRACY.

Sited in one of the now ubiquitous empty shops symptomatic of the Global Financial Crisis, DEMOCRACY explores the ideological basis to the current crisis and the threat to democracy posed by global corporate capitalism. The placing of this installation draws upon the history of democracy, which originated in the agoras of Ancient Greece. Agoras were open public spaces in the centre of the city that were both marketplace and the place of assembly, the site of both commerce and politics.

Based in a vacant retail unit shop in the centre of Newport, and appropriating the visual aesthetic and conventions of consumerism, DEMOCRACY, to all intents and purposes, is a shop. There are bright lights, piped music, and helpful sales staff on hand. There’s even a sale on. But there is nothing for sale. The consumer space has been supplanted with a discursive space, where unsuspecting shoppers are invited to reflect, engage and talk about their experience and understanding of democracy.

DEMOCRACY is made in response to the growing ferment of disillusionment that many people feel with democracy, both nationally and internationally, being increasingly compromised by the insidious influence yielded by powerful corporate elites. To remain democratic, democracy relies on participation of the people. In making this work I want to stimulate discussion about the nature of democracy and engage people with these ideas in the approach to the general election on 7th May.

The two performances of DEMOCRACY at The Project Space will run between 10 am and 5 pm on both days. For further information, please contact the artist at reessara@hotmail.com or visit www.sararees.com


About the artist:

Sara Rees is a practising artist from the Gower Peninsula, currently based in Cardiff. Awarded First Class Honours in Visual Performance at Dartington College of Arts, she later gained Masters in Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art & Design with Distinction. For the past fifteen years Rees has created artworks for residencies, commissions, and exhibitions; her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally, including in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Latvia, Belgium, Montreal, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg, Barcelona, Glasgow, Athens, Moscow, London, Sao Paolo and Berlin. She has been the recipient of a number of awards and prizes, including First Prize for the Oriel Davies Open, a Creative Wales Award and the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Award. 

Conceptually driven, Rees works across mediums, including video, photography, performance, installation, intervention, writing, and relational art. She works both within the gallery and beyond, creating site-specific installations and interventions for a diverse range of sites, from bucolic woodlands to a derelict ex-Soviet power station. Her practice is an on-going exploration of the interface between nature and civilization, of the conditions of global capitalism in relation to the environment and the human condition. While political and provocative, Rees’ work is also playful. Often blurring the distinction between reality and fiction, her work is both uncanny and enchanting.


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Meet the Residents #1: Clary Saddler – “UPRISING”

UPRISING - Information about events with Clary Saddler at The Project Space

UPRISING – Information about events with Clary Saddler at The Project Space

Between Tuesday 7th April to Saturday 9th May, artist in residence Clary Saddler will be launching her project Newport Rising at The Project Space. Delivering a project using relatable themes (e.g. the gang metaphor running parallel to the workshops), Clary hopes the project will inspire people within Newport to get more politically active. Uprising takes place in a dystopian future that exists after the collapse of our own society in a world governed by gang leaders and crime lords. By 2017, the number of people voting declined so dramatically that governments eventually got overthrown by gangs who promised their followers a brighter future but failed to deliver. Now the world is in a constant state of civil war; with each gang invading – seeking new territory. A large underground movement of rebels and political protesters hold secret meetings – identifying themselves by wearing rainbow bracelets. They strive for a democratic future; their motto “the classes against the masses”. They believe they can empower the masses through creative expression. Through a series of participatory arts workshops these sessions will explore themes of democracy through the creation of songs, raps, rhythms & beat-poetry; graffiti art, short films (holding subliminal messages of democracy) and political theatre. This will culminate in a forum theatre style performance entitled Uprising on Saturday 9th May. Timetable: Tuesday 7th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space, Rhythms & music making Wednesday 8th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space, Movie Making, music videos & adverts Thursday 9th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space, Devising forum theatre Friday 10th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space, Devising forum theatre Saturday 11th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space, Devising forum theatre Saturday 18th April – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Riverfront, Graffiti art (Riverfront) Saturday 25th April – 9:30 -12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Project Space Devising forum theatre Saturday 2nd May – 9:30 – 12:30 & 13:00 – 16:00 @ The Riverfront, Rehearsal and tech run Saturday 9th May – 9:30 – 12:30 Dress rehearsal / 13:00 – 16:00 PERFORMANCE – UPRISING @ The Project Space

For further information, please contact the artist at clary@forget-me-not-productions.co.uk or visit www.forget-me-not-productions.co.uk

About the artist: Clary Saddler is a young practitioner who holds ‘old school’ ideals of changing the world through art. Founder and artistic director of Forget-Me-Not-Productions, she is a qualified drama teacher and producer, director, facilitator and tutor. Her background includes 15 years as a professional actor, musician, and singer/ songwriter, and has toured with such companies as Theatre for Youth and Mullet Productions.

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