Reduced to Silence: Bielcza (production still), Roz Mortimer
Animate Projects is developing Sites of Collective Memory, a project exploring how we ‘remember’ collective experience, and conversely, how things can become forgotten.
The Sites project seeks to extend our work, to apply animation techniques and aesthetic approaches to interrogate, explore, and give expression to, particular kinds of human experience.
We are currently supporting the artists to research and develop projects with a view to exhibit the work, individually and as a programme, in galleries and online from 2013 with an accompanying publication.
The artists are: Jordan Baseman, Shona Illingworth, Delaine Le Bas and Damian James Le Bas, and Roz Mortimer.
The Sites project is also about developing a context for these works, and a broader exploration of the themes, with contributions from different critical and discipline perspectives. The individual projects address particular experience, and deal with ideas of memory in different ways. There are commonalities and differences in approach, and connections between themes, subject and idea, which will allow for dialogue between the artists.
Both Roz, and Delaine and Damian are working with Roma communities (Delaine and Damian are Romany); Jordan and Roz are exploring ideas around memorial sites; and Shona and Jordan are both centering their work around survivors of traumatic historical events.
As part of the R&D, Animate Projects will stage a public event with a round table discussion led by the artists and will be commissioning some writing on the overall theme.
The initial R&D is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.