Category: Formats + themes
What is a Creative Project Consultant?
What is a creative project consultant? was a long term residency and artistic intervention experiment at a “specialist provider of business services” whose expertise lies in human motivation.
As stated in the public biography, Rhiannon was at SHM to:
- think about things differently
- bring fresh perspectives to the business’s work
- adapt her creative methodologies to their work
Some of the things that happened as part of this include:
- metaphoric takes on client work, deployed in diagrammatic form
- weekly team sessions defined by a lack of productivity, where the main activity was the use of consensus decision-making techniques to choose how to use the time
Outcomes of this period include:
- a methodology for a 6-month schedule of artistic interventions in the workplace, ART | WORK, that enhances wellbeing in the workplace and shares innovative creative practice
The rest of Rhiannon’s work at SHM is subject to non-disclosure agreements that are commonplace at the cutting edge of global capitalism.
Dates: April 2013-2014, Holborn, London.
“Since you’ve been here people have been ‘bringing themselves to work’ a lot more, and that is invaluable for creativity and innovation.”
“Oh my god she just brings life, she brings a sense of possibility because even when she says something that’s kind of left of field and we all tell her she’s wrong, she just picks herself up and says something else that’s amazing.”
Hutong Watch was inspired by and adapted from another test piece called Hutong, created by Mel Cook with Hey Fan, Tassos Stevens and Annette Mees for Coney in 2010.
INK was an eclectic collection of 120 museum artefacts, artworks, texts, films and other items all relating to the history and substance of ink. It drew extensively from the remarkable teaching collections, personal archives and the work of staff at University College London (UCL), and contemporary artworks sat alongside priceless museum artefacts and everyday objects.
Every day a ‘live respondent’ inhabited the space and created an exhibit to add to the collection. These included political cartoonists Nicola Jennings and Martin Rowson, renowned tattooist Lal Hardy, artist and poet Ansuman Biswas, and calligrapher Paul Antonio.
BONE at the Florence Nightingale Museum was created to explore a rich and vital material from an inter-disciplinary perspective. It was designed to present its contents evenly and accessibly with no one object – be it museum object, artwork, every day item or scientific imagery – prized above another.
Deliberately installed without labels, the exhibition design by Mobile Studio architects and field guide by MOTHandRUST were constructed to provide information as a departure point for the curious rather than as definitive answers, and to encourage audiences to make their own connections and relationships between objects.
A number of “live respondents” who work with bone were in residence throughout the exhibition, adding to the exhibition. They included sculptor George Nuku, taxidermist Amanda’s Autopsies, and artist Sue Palmer.
+ listen to a podcast interview with the curators
Poems Made from Words Found in the Bin
Poems Made from Words Found in the Bin is an ongoing writing practice and a creative writing workshop.
This project began as a creative writing workshop using shredded business documents as source material. It was first held in 2014 as part of a year-long residency as Creative Project Consultant at SHM Productions.
Workers used portions of shredded documents from the business’s own recycling bin as the stimulus for a love poem. The poems were recited as an anonymous collection at the end of the working day.
In summer 2018 Rhiannon incorporated this writing process into her work on The Slow GIF Movement.
In 2019 Rhiannon will be turning this work into an ongoing writing process linked to healing from trauma, and to an exploration of projection, song, touch and rhythm in intimate performance.
The Slow GIF Movement
This wide-ranging project explores our agency and responsibility over public space, both in real life and online. Rhiannon brings hers and others’ lived experience of neurodiversity to an understanding of how GIF culture is currently increasing the hostility of online space, and seeks to rectify that with the creation of calming, gently looping GIFs of her own and others’ creation.
The Slow GIF Movement is offered as a public health intervention in the online world: the act of making and sharing them becomes an intervention in the environment, an act of solidarity, and a way to disseminate a collection of art works.
Research and development for The Slow GIF Movement was supported by The Space Arts and Unlimited, and through Rhiannon’s position as the Brighton Digital Festival/Blast Theory Artist in Residence (2018).
The Slow GIF Movement is in development, with a number of planned or existing public sharings:
- public intervention in a conference environment for Light Up the North and Nesta (October 2018)
- a day-long workshop and evening virtual tresspass event (planned for Brighton Digital Festival 2019)
- a research project with St George’s Hospital exploring clinical uses of the Kaleidoscope Landscapes for Better Breathing series for patients with heart failure (2019).
The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid
The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid is an evolving collection of anonymous testimonies donated by members of the public responding to the question “think of a time when you wanted to say something to someone, but didn’t”.
It is a treasure trove of real life intimate testimonies, delivered with special care to honour the emotions expressed and preserve the anonymity of the people involved.
“a dichotomy of personal encounter and observational distance […] beautifully achieved” Caroline Darke, Artvehicle
“a simplicity and focus of care that is absolutely astounding” – Griffin Gilligan, blogger
“small moments of defiance that are also celebrations” – Jane Frances Dunlop, Exeunt Magazine
+ more press links
The Archive was established in 2006 in response to a provocation by curator Ali MacGilp to create a performance for an exhibition entitled ‘There’s Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You’, at Space Station Sixty-Five in London. This one-to-one performance grew and now exists in multiple forms:
- an installation and one-to-one performance that has toured nationally and internationally
- a web-based work at www.unsaidarchive.com (The Space’s inaugural commission for a web-based performance)
- an interactive textile
This project is regularly remade for different contexts including at HMP Feltham Young Offender’s Institute, East Bergholt High School, for Haringey Advisory Group on Alcohol, and at various galleries including W139 in Amsterdam, Barbican Gallery, ALMA Enterprises, Propeller Island, Space Station Sixty-Five, Battersea Arts Centre, Pulse Ipswich, SLAP Yorkshire.
+ more about the one-to-one performance
+ more about www.unsaidarchive.com
+ more about the work in non-arts settings
+ more about the textile work
Can I Help You?
Stationed in a town centre or prominent shopping street, we are available to anyone and everyone for free help. Offered as one person to another, rather than particular skills or knowledge we come with a tool belt containing things we thought might be helpful:
…chewing gum, change for a tenner, an umbrella, a bin bag, The Little Book of Hope, string, a sewing kit, plasters, super glue, hand cream…
So go on, buy that extra bag of melons, there’s someone here to help you carry them home!
article with Mel Evans for The Scottish Journal of Performance
Can I Help You? came out of an invitation to make a piece of work for a festival that wanted to challenge how we respond to people who exhibit unusual or disturbed behavior in public.
- first presented at Bonkersfest with South London Gallery and Creative Routes (2006)
- toured to Hull, Wigan, Darlington, Rochester, Gloucester, and Paignton (2016)
- presented with multiple “helpers” as part of In Your Way festival in Cambridge (2018)
Rhiannon has presented numerous talks and workshops about this work, sharing her methodologies on relational performance in public space with organisations including Greenwich Docklands International Festival, Take Me Somewhere, Glasgow University, and Battersea Arts Centre.
Images 1-2 by Jerome Whittingham; 3, 7, 10 by Alexander Parsonage; 9 by Rob Irish; others by the artist.