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.

The end of residency exhibition has brought together aspects of the work-in-progress produced during the residency through film, photography and collated research drawings from conversations that occurred during the residency. The artworks are responding to our understanding of ‘freedom of movement’ and consider what is an ecological practice and how this can help address a loss of common orientations within ourselves, our world and shared futures. These explorations hope to derive key critical questions for change and recovery within our current social climate as collectives working together.

NOVEMBER Orient residency featured Gail Mahon (Visual Artist & CAAKE coordinator) Jane Talbot (Writer, NLP master Practitioner) Marketa Formanova (Dancer, Choreographer)

DECEMBER Ornament residency featured Tara J Murphy (Jewellery Artist & CAAKE coordinator) Simon Mills (Film, Photographer) Kerri Nì Dochartaigh (writer, poet)

JANUARY Order residency David Blackmore (Visual Artist/CAAKE Associate) Alice Clark (Visual Artist & Performance Artist, participant) Stella Hulston (Visual artist & Performance participant) Laurie McClelland (Performing Arts Student, Performance participant)

* 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 CouncilThe Ireland FundsDepartment for Communities