Fabrica Gallery Making Space Residency and Installation

It’s like a right-brained clock

Clare Jones, Faltering Growth and Feeding Difficulties lead, NHS Brighton

Fabrica Gallery, 2018

Fabrica Gallery was the first ever attempt to show the Holding Time animation as a four screen installation using projectors and screens.

The exhibition at Fabrica included an original soundtrack by English Composer Helen Anahita Wilson. Written using the mathematical code of the Cosmatesque TimePiece featured in the work, it provided a new dimension, reverberating through the ancient woodwork of the Church.

In the animation, the viewer is invited to watch twenty three different mothers feed in sequence using a technique devised to show an altered version of ‘real time’. In place of the familiar 24 frames a second, this animation is stripped out and in it’s place are four frames per second, which are pulled into solidity in tandem with the timepiece. The central timepiece uses a mathematical structure based on ancient Cosmatesque design, which is also the basis of the music by Helen Anahita Wilson accompanying the piece.

So moving, I can’t stop the tears

Annie, 38, mother of two, visitor to the exhibition

Below is a short excerpt of the animation with sound, 11minutes in total.

The exhibition received an average of twenty five visitors per hour – an unusually high number for the venue and the demographic of visitors was notably mixed in terms of age, race and gender.

It’s unbelieveably powerful. it really makes you understand the intimacy of breastfeeding

Harriet Guston, 18, visitor

This opportunity also included a one to one conversation with Christiane Monarchi, Editor of PhotoMonitor. You can read a transcript of this conversation here.

This work needs to be seen

Frank Holt, 79 , father and grandfather, visitor to the exhibition

about making space at fabrica

Fabrica is a visual arts organisation based in a former Regency church in the heart of Brighton, which commissions contemporary visual art installations specific to the building.

Fabrica is a place where artists come to make new work. Fabrica supports and encourages the artists with whom it works to be adventurous and to test the boundaries of their practice. It encourages an open dialogue between artists and visitors within the gallery space and produces an integrated programme of education and audience development activity that strives to remove barriers to access, engagement and understanding.

From January – March each year Fabrica makes its space available to artists to test new ground in their practice, opening up the possibility to use the space in imaginative ways and experiment with new ways of working. It is an opportunity for artists to make new work, layout or document work or try something out for a small invited or focussed audience. As well as our space we bring our curatorial, audience development and marketing expertise to your project as you develop it. Making Space gives an artist only 4-5 days in the gallery, but the lead up to it often involves conversations with a range of staff over many months, which feed into what an artist may choose to present, which audiences they will invite and how they will engage with that audience in the space around their presentation.