CAAKE

FL*OOOW: Orient Ornament Order explores differing perspectives on freedom of movement and transience through a series inter-disciplinary collaborations and invites musings upon ecology of practice as ways to address a loss of common orientations within ourselves, our world and shared futures on this planet. We are seeking sustainable ways of artistic research through processes and speculative progressions across collaborations, curation, exhibiting, performing and discussion. Where traditional disciplinary boundaries are permeable and new coordinates, or orders of being can address phenomenal, biological, political and cultural diversity as ecological forces.

– Orient explores the body’s movement and boundaries, addressing connections and relation to space, people and objects;
– Ornament pushes the sphere wider into localised patterns of (sometimes) instinctual behaviours of collecting, assembling,
arranging and adorning cultural value systems;
– Order considers wider social borders – personal (abstract, imaginary, socially imposed) identity, politics, ways of being through communities and shared landscapes in an ecological crisis.

All three spheres overlap, unravelling purposeful lines of thinking, emotionally and physically as a lateral progression in creative, adaptative, knowledge and movement practices that incite questions over the ecology of practice as artistic research, asking what we can do to motivate, educate or catalyse more people to become more adaptive to unknowns and uncertainty, mediating climatic conditions to find our flow whilst not withdrawing or retreating away from hardship of truth.

We are planning for three collaborations, one per month, culminating in a discussion event in January for collaborators, invited speakers, performers, makers, writers and artists to share and explore themes, thoughts and the raw material that has resulted from the collaborations and processes explored.
We are inviting potential collaborators (individuals and groups) in the hope that you will be interested in responding or connecting to our programme in Derry-Londonderry. Each month’s residency will follow a similar format:

– Begin with a two-week research period
– Include a public access or participatory workshop engaging the public/community in the research process
– Conclude with a work-in-progress exhibition and collaborators’ talk during the final week.

* CAAKE’s approach as a catalyst culture is to:
– Bring together a mix of ideas, actions and voices
– Represent multidisciplinary practices across arts, aesthetics, health and physical wellbeing
– Provide opportunities for the public to engage with creative arts at the centre of our programmes, to learn from dialogues
and active practices focussed on in facing adaptive challenges within our local and global environments.
Tacit experience of the material world, in which we inhabit and belong to, proposes that movement is a fundamental way to support and encourage freedom of expression and deepen connection. Currently there are many reasons causing people to experience disorientation, from themselves and/or others, in our cultural and natural world. CAAKE develops collaborations which aim to generate creative and physical research that addresses and responds to these rising social issues.

CAAKE is a long-standing collaborative project currently being developed into a not-for-profit organisation (CIC) originally founded by Gail Mahon and continues as co-founded with Tara J Murphy. CAAKE focusses on providing platforms for experimental approaches to practice, creative explorations and responses as a research catalyst for education and intensive learning programmes. It offers the time and space for practitioners and individuals to progress, regress and play within improvisational processes. A testing ground for making grand failures and teasing out complexities and concerns, enabling progression and practice development by advancing shared knowledge between communities and groups. Projects comprise of curated collaborations and educational events through workshops, intensive residency programmes, exhibitions and discussion events.

Year2019/2020LocationSt Augustine's Old SchoolhouseDescriptionThree-month artist residencyPartnersEcho Echo Dance Theatre CompanyEcho Echo Festival of Dance & Movement 2019FundersArts Council of Northern IrelandDerry City & Strabane District Council