Every 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. This year we were delighted to be able to host Sculptural Murmurings a work-in-progress by artist Hazel Reeves. Sculptural Murmurings brings together a cross-disciplinary team of collaborators, with 16 participant movers, over one week at Fabrica, Brighton, as part of Hazel Reeves’ Making Space Residency (6-10 September 2021).
16 passionate movers, whose bodies have stories to tell, came together to create work in response to bird-inspired soundscapes. This virtual tour offers a glimpse of the process of developing a sculptural approach to expressive movement that took place during 3 intense and exhilarating days.
“In my wildest fantasies I never imagined the possibility of expressing myself through dance, at such an old age! It was an amazing collaborative experience” - participant
As part of the project we present a Virtual Touring Exhibition starting at Fabrica and continuing via other arts organisations websites. This virtual tour provides a window into this intensive and joyful process. It also captures the movers immersing themselves with gusto with guest artist Helen Goodwin for movement mark making.
Sculptural Murmurings Documentary (Excerpt 1, 1m 23s)
Sculptural Murmurings Film
(Excerpt 1 of 3, 1m 38s)
Sculptural Murmurings 1 - Hope
What is Sculptural Murmurings?
Sculptural Murmurings brings together a cross-disciplinary team of collaborators, with 16 participant movers, over one week at Fabrica, Brighton, as part of Hazel Reeves’ Making Space Residency there (6-10 September 2021).
Rather than using clay, the sculptor experiments with shaping a dynamic modelling material – a group of dancers – using soundscapes over headphones, to create unique bird-like yet human murmurings.
We welcomed a diverse group of participants to explore different physicalities and challenge norms of who can perform and right ways of moving.
The six soundscapes reflect the artistic practice of Hazel Reeves, harnessing sounds from her sculpture studio and the recordings of birds in the scrubland made during her residency at Knepp Estate, renowned for its rewilding and increasing biodiversity.
The Sculptural Murmurings Team
Artistic Director: Hazel Reeves; Dance and movement direction and facilitation: Rosaria Gracia and Maria da Luz, with advisory input from Welly O'Brien; Films: Roz Shearn and Ean Currie; Soundscapes: Ean Currie and Hazel Reeves; Guest artists: Olga Lidia Saavedra Montes de Oca (photographer) and Helen Goodwin (movement mark facilitator); Administrative support: Jennifer Kafetz. Thanks also to the team at Fabrica, to Knepp Estate, Gallery Different, Hove Civic Society.