Zoe Robertson

flockOmania 4 created by jewellery artist Zoe Robertson

‘flockOmania’, an exhibition blurring the lines between jewellery and performance and will be on show at The Cass Bank Gallery, Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University

 9-26 January 2017

The Cass, London Metropolitan University presents ‘FlockOmania’, an exhibition created by jewellery artist and Cass alumna Zoe Robertson, on show at the Cass Bank Gallery from 9 to 26 January 2017.

‘FlockOmania’ showcases wearable objects that explore the interrelationship between jewellery and performance, blurring the lines between these two apparently unrelated worlds, and involving sound, film, dance and photography in the process.

Fifteen sculptural jewellery objects meticulously handmade using a mix of traditional craft skills, in combination with industrial processes and new technology, will be on display, creating an unusual setting for a performance-based exploration between objects, the body and the space.

flockOmania 2 by Zoe Robertson jewellery artist  image credit Christian Kipp with Natalie Garrett Brown and Amy Voris at Parkside Gallery

 

Robertson created ‘FlockOmania’ in response to a collaborative relationship with dance artists Dr Natalie Garrett Brown and Amy Voris. Their background in contemporary dance, movement improvisation and site based performance provided the catalyst for this body of work. The result is theatrically-sized jewellery that emphasises and explores themes relating to the scale and movement of the body. Originally conceived as a solo exhibition in 2015, the exhibition has grown beyond the original concept, evolving into many different forms: an exhibition, installation, mobile performance and into performance lab workshops.

‘FlockOmania’ challenges the traditional display and use of jewellery. The objects break away from static display and are used to create a space referred to by Robertson, Garrett Brown and Voris as ‘a laboratory of making’. In this space dance artists improvise movement and encourage audience participation.

During the exhibition at The Cass, there will be two afternoon dance interventions on 13 and 18 January and a  private view finale on 20 January).

“I’m delighted to be invited to exhibit flockOmania at The Cass, 20 years after my graduation. Reflecting back on my life as a student I realise that the opportunity to development fundamental skills such as design via making, challenging ideas, experimenting and problem-solving have been an essential grounding to help me establish a successful and enjoyable career as a jewellery artist”

flockOmania 2 by Zoe Robertson jewellery artist with Amy Voris at Parkside Gallery

Where

‘FlockOmania’ comes to the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University

The Cass Bank Gallery, Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7PF

Nearest tube: Aldgate East

When

9-26 January 2017, Monday to Saturday 11am – 5pm

Performance dates: Fri 13 January 2-5pm and Wed 18 January 2-5pm

Private view finale: Fri 20 Jan 6-8pm

If you would like to come watch the performances you need to book your ticket HERE

About

About Zoe Robertson

After graduating from The Cass in 1997 with a BA in Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts, Robertson has had a successful career as a jewellery artist. She has exhibited her work internationally and runs a studio ‘The Dual Works’. For the last 10 years she has lectured at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University and for the last five has been the course director for Jewellery Design and Related Products

About The Cass

The Cass is the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. It is one of six schools within the University. The Cass teaches about 2000 students at Foundation, Degree and Postgraduate level at two buildings in Aldgate. Subjects include Architecture, Creative Writing, Design Studio Practice, Fine Art, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewellery, Painting, Publishing Photography Photjournalism, Textiles, Theatre and Performance Practice. In 2017 The Cass will launch a new BA Theatre and Film Production Design course, building on the University’s reputation and expertise in both design and performance arts.

The School also offers 200 short and professional development courses. There is a strong emphasis across the studios on socially engaged Architecture, Art and Design applied to both local and global contexts, a Faculty-wide interest in making and many projects focus on aspects of London. Students at The Cass are encouraged to learn through practice, experiment with process and gain real-world experience in both individual and collaborative projects, engaging with professionals, communities and companies.

Links

Find out more:

flockomania.com/

londonmet.ac.uk/faculties/the-cass

Watch FlockOmania in action

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Music Tech Fest MTFBerlin flockOmania Zoe Robertson

#MTFBerlin – Funkhaus 27-30 May 2016

flockOmania has been invited to perform at the incredible international Music Tech Fest in Berlin at the end of May. See the announcement HERE

“This year’s festival theme is Transhumanism and Music as Extension of the Human Body. It’s about pushing at the boundaries of what technology can do to transcend all supposed limitations and take human creative intelligence to new planes.”

“In the last week of May 2016, the legendary Funkhaus turns into a giant creative laboratory – a labyrinth of rooms and corridors filled with curious experiments that fuse musical performance and cutting edge technologies. Artists you know well (as well as some you should – and will very soon) team up with the scientists, makers, hackers, designers, creative developers and genius inventors to create strange machines, amazing mixtures, incredible experiences and transhuman wonders. With experiments in mindreading controllers, interactive performances, microbiology synthesisers, bionic extensions and junkyard robotics – the laboratory of #MTFBerlin is a place to explore, discover, and get involved”

‘Music as Extension of the Human Body’

“Between the 23rd and the 27th of May 2016, Zoe will join a group of specially invited artists, makers, designers and inventors to explore interactive performance and ‘Music as Extension of the Human Body’ in a secret chamber of the legendary Funkhaus. Results of this collaboration will be accessible by hackers on Friday 27th and audiences on Saturday 28th of May, during #MTFBerlin”

“Music Tech Fest is a platform that not only brings together artists and developers, but also some of the greatest academic minds working at the intersection of music and technology from across a wide range of disciplines. The MTF ‘Afterparty’ is an academic symposium that takes place on the Monday following the festival weekend – the fourth day of a three-day festival. The purpose of the symposium is to reflect on the ideas that come out of the festival, to share cutting edge research across disciplines, to further the study of music technologies and to initiate collaborative research projects”

For more information and to book tickets visit

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My next solo exhibition flockOmania2 will be on show at the Parkside Gallery, part of the Faculty of the Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University from Monday 22nd February to Friday 1st April 2016.

flockOmania2 is a solo exhibition and installation showcasing wearable sculpture which explores the relationship between Jewellery, Dance and Performance. It was created by Zoe Robertson in response to a collaborative relationship with dance artists Dr Natalie Garrett Brown and Amy Voris. Their background in contemporary dance, movement improvisation and site based performance provided the catalyst for this body of work.

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The resulting jewellery is theatrically-sized to emphasise and explore themes relating to the scale and movement of the body. In so doing this collection of work responds to kinaesthetic sensations in which the tactility, sensuality and physicality of the objects is important. The objects have been meticulously handmade using a mix of traditional craft skills in combination with industrial processes and new technology.

The installation challenges the traditional conventions of jewellery display whereby the work hangs freely in the space rather than being contained by a glass cabinet. This creates an immersive environment which encourages performativity, audience interaction and response. Whereby the space is seen as a laboratory of making in which the dance artists improvise movement and the audience is invited to interact, to touch, to play, to wear, and to explore.

During the exhibition a series of durational dance interventions will take place leading to a collaborative improvised performance bringing together sound, light, photography and film artists. Working across art forms these artists will create an atmospheric, dynamic environment within which the dancers will explore the ever- changing relationships between object, body and space.

Jewellery Artist Zoe Robertson, who is a course director at Birmingham City University, said:

“We’re excited to be launching flockOmania2 the Parkside edition at this up and coming venue for contemporary art and design. This project demonstrates the potential of collaboration between universities in the region working across a range of exciting and complementary artistic disciplines. It seeks to be interactive, challenge perceptions of jewellery and will be of interested to both the visual arts and performance”

Live improvised interventions with the dance artists will take place in the gallery between 2pm and 5pm on the following Wednesdays; 24th February, 2nd March, and 9th March.

The finale will take place on Thursday 17th March 2016 from 6 – 8pm

Beyond Jewellery: Performing the Body

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A symposium to coincide with the exhibition has been arranged for Thursday March 17th 2016 Beyond Jewellery: Performing the Body’ with a Keynote from internationally acclaimed Di Mainstone. The Beyond Jewellery symposium will be held at Birmingham City University, The Parkside Building.

It has been organised in conjunction with the School of Jewellery (Faculty of Arts Design and Media, Birmingham City University) and the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE, Coventry University). Convened by Zoe Roberson and Sian Hindle (School of Jewellery) and Dr Natalie Garrett Brown (C-DaRE).

To discover the design journey from initial concept to realisation and for more information please visit www.flockomania.com

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