- Artist / project: Graham Gussin / Close Protection
- Collaborator(s): The Army (combat camera crew ). New Movement Collective (contemporary dancers & dance makers)
- Location(s): The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre
- Lead partner: Hampshire County Council
- Exhibition Dates: Free Entry 7 September – 10 November 2013, Monday – Friday 9am- 7pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 3pm
Graham Gussin is an internationally renowned artist and lecturer at The Slade School of Fine Art who has exhibited nationally at New Art Centre, Roche Court; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Lisson Gallery, London and internationally in New York, Paris, Denmark, Spain and Italy.
Gussin is collaborating with the Army at Longmoor Training Camp, the combat camera team from Army Headquarters in Andover and dancers from the New Movement Collective. The New Movement Collective are a group of new generation choreographers, hailing from Europe’s leading ballet and contemporary companies. With a strong commitment to collaborative working methods between dance, architecture, film and music, NMC develop work in direct response to different and unusual theatrical settings, challenges and notions of traditional performance.
The work will use six dancers: Malgorzata Dzierzon, Gemma Nixon, Patricia Okenwa, Jonathan Goddard, Robin Gladwin and Renaud Wiser. In collaboration with the artist, they will choreograph a new piece in response to the location and context of the site, which will be filmed by the combat camera team using night vision technology.
Usually night vision technology is used for soldiers to see in the dark – actions and activities that might occur under cover of night. These actions might be said to have a particular choreography to them, for example fast movements between static periods and rhythm dictated by light, shadow, opportunity and structures. The artist has been inspired by the collision between how this space is normally moved through and thought about and the dancers ideas and translations of the site.
The resulting three screen film will be exhibited at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre.
Dancers footwear kindly supplied by Vivobarefoot.
Images courtesy Graham Gussin.
Listen to artist Graham Gussin, talk to about his collaboration with Corporal Andy Reddy, British Army Combat Camera Crew and Malgorzata Dzierzon, New Movement Collective, facilitated by Gill Nicol of lightsgoingon. Saturday 7 September 2 – 3pm at Winchester Discovery Centre