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New Frameworks for Interpreting Ceramic Objects

A Collaborative Project Between National Centre of Ceramics Studies, Wales and Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales in response to the exhibtion 'Fragile?':

Interpretation should never tell us what to see, think, or feel, it is simply a meeting of two worlds, the ethnography of an object set against that of a viewer. The Fragile? Exhibition; the largest ceramics exhibition ever hosted in Wales, offered a rich and diverse arena in which to explore the idea that we might uncover latent or hidden meaning behind objects, it is just a matter of finding the right language to speak with them.

This project contains the work of four artists, one researcher, one Keeper of Art and two Curators, each invited to apply the methodology of their practice to the interpretation of artefacts that intrigued them within the Fragile? Exhibition.

If Movement was an Object

Claire Prosser:

If movement was an object.

If a movement¹ was [is] an object²
what would [does] [will] it look like?
¹ incident, activity, rhythm, idea, ethereal.

²artefact, archive, record, document, solid, ever-present.

Claire’s practice often playfully challenges systems and hierarchy, bringing forward basic functions of ‘being human’ that we can all relate to. During her residency at St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life, Claire worked closely with members of staff, recording repetitive actions that have been learnt from someone else, that are repeated every day, and in some way connect them physically and mentally to St Fagans. Her research and meticulously, almost ridiculously, archived movements have spanned in such a way from her time spent with archivists and curators. The fragments of movements that have been collected, just like the historic buildings, have be transplanted to a new space, as she collaborates with Expressions Dance Company, ready to be reconstructed. But can movement be archived, how present are we, can movement become objectified?



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