Frances Scott works with moving image, presented through film screenings, installations, events and publications. Her work considers the material that exists around the periphery of the cinematic production, to propose a film composed of its associations and fragments. Where earlier projects evolved out of the script, her recent work explores the experience of moving image through non-linear film scores or their substitution through associated materials.
At TACO! Frances has continued her interest in the site of film production to develop a new moving image work, Wendy, looking at the extraordinary work of pioneering composer and musician, Wendy Carlos. Carlos famously arranged the soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 adaptation of Anthony Burgess' 'A Clockwork Orange' (1962), in which several key scenes were shot on the Thamesmead estate, as well as 'The Shining' (1981). Carlos spearheaded developments on Moog Synthesiser and use of the Voice-Encoder (Vocoder), and Frances' research draws on this history, exploring the synthesised, un-bounded voice across fields of music, literature and film.
In the development and production of Wendy Frances is working with a number of collaborators including musician Tom Richards and his handmade music synthesiser-sequencer 'Mini-Oramics' (designed in 1976 but never realised by electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram), as well as dancer and performer Valentina Formenti, using volumetric filmmaking and three-dimensional modelling techniques.
She has also continued her ongoing collaboration with sound designer Chu-Li Shewring, working with her on Incantation, Wendy (2018) a recorded broadcast for radio, commissioned by TACO! and first presented on RTM.FM.
Incantation, Wendy includes excerpts and full tracks from Carlos' work, including unused material, combined with new scripted readings and recordings. A public programme connected with Scott's research includes a performance with Tom Richards, a screening selected with Mat Jenner, as part of the ongoing film programme Viddy Horrorshow (VHS), and a new a short film Valentina. A publication commissioned and produced by An Endless Supply and TACO! will be launched in 2021.
Frances has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her recent exhibitions and screenings include: 57th New York Film Festival (2019); Close Up Film Centre, London (2018 / 2019); Institute of Making UCL (2019); Het Bos, Antwerp (2018); RTM.FM/TACO! (2018); Tate St Ives (2018); The Bower, London (2018); Annely Juda Fine Art, London (2018); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015/2017); Peninsula Arts and South West Film & Television Archive, Plymouth (2017); Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2016); and ‘Selected III’ videoclub and FLAMIN screenings in the UK and USA including Anthology Film Archives, New York, Seattle International Film Festival, and LA Film Forum, Los Angeles (2014). In 2017 Frances was recipient of the inaugural Stuart Croft Foundation Moving Image Award.
RTM.FM is a radio station developed and managed by TACO! as a platform for community produced culture, debate, art and music. The station provides opportunities for people to produce and distribute their own content and learn skills in broadcasting, production, and presenting.
TACO! manages the broadcast studio, coordinates the RTM community, supports the delivery of the station and ensures access for people to make and broadcast their own content. In addition to managing the studio set up, taco! also programmes arts content on the station’s broadcast schedule.
The station’s broadcast content and public facing activities are developed in collaboration with the wider community. Decisions on station policy, broadcast scheduling, submitted content, public events, training and budgets are made collectivly.
To represent the interests of the RTM community an RTM committee member attends the decision making meetings of the board of directors of TACO!
The station is open to proposals for shows and regular broadcast content. If you would like to get involved then send us your proposals here.
The station takes its name in homage to the original RTM, which was started in 1978, one of the first community radio stations in the country. The project was initated by TACO! through the commissioning of an artist project by Sam Skinner in 2018.
You can listen to documentry made by the artist about the histroy of radio in Thamesmead here
THINGS FOR HOMES
/ HOMEs FOR THINGS
James Prevett makes objects, text, images and video often combining them together as sculpture. His work deals with the vitality of things – images, ideas, memories as well as objects – and the way the sculptural is experienced and understood. Sometimes uncomfortable and sometimes humorous, James makes nuanced and highly crafted work that resists simple thematic readings, rather, his work produces a sense of an atmosphere or a feeling.
For TACO! James is undertaking a new project - Things for Homes / Homes for Things. James’ research takes as its starting point the objective to make a sculpture for an individual in their home. Historically sculpture has had a direct relation to public space, public office or public institutions such as the state or the church. Where sculptures have been made for specific individuals these have been for wealthy individuals and their estates to demonstrate social status. It is rare that sculpture is thought about in relation to the site of the home or domestic space. These traditional sites and contexts for sculpture have conditioned our understanding and reception of sculptural objects and how the scultpural is understood and defined.
Since 2018 James has spent time with people in their home, locally in Thamesmead and with people in different parts of the country, making a sculptural artwork specifically for them and their home. Each work has resulted out of a period of getting to know each other. Through this exchange and the production of sculptural objects, James has developed a series of public outcomes in the form of Radio programmes for broadcast , and a publiction launching in 2022. The project is funded by the Henry Moore Foundation and the Finnish Cultural Institute.
Images courtesy of James Prevett, Distension @ SIC, Helsinki 2017
James Prevett has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including Finland, Thailand, Singapore, USA, Austria and Brazil. He represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2006. His ongoing project Parties for Public Sculpture (2017) invites artists to make a ‘party’ for an existing public sculpture. James lives and works in Helsinki, Finland where he is currently Lecturer in Sculpture at Helsinki Fine Arts Academy.
Avril Corroon works across moving image, performance, sculpture, and food to explore contemporary lived experience. Previous work has explored precarious living conditions, the housing crisis or labour exploitation. In performing as the Air B&B logo from a city rooftop, making cheeses from mould collected from rented apartments, or covertly filming whilst working in a restaurant, Avril’s work combines absurd humour and political insight to form compelling visual narratives. In recent works Avril has incorporated ephemeral materials and subtle forms such as fragrances, touch and perishable food to produce works that are intense examinations of the body and its conditioning through modern life.
27-30 cheese wheels, 4 commercial chillers/fridges, 32" TV, 4K film, duration 9 minutes
At TACO! Avril is developing a new project that explores damp and breath as a material for sculpture. Working with local residents Avril will explore how an artwork work can be made from humidity and damp within the context of Covid. The project is informed by Avril’s research into historic housing activism in London and the subject of damp as a galvanising issue for communities in exercising political agency.
Wish You Were Here (2017) performance still, Temple Bar Gallery view into AirB&B
The Hundred Club
FACILIATED BY RUTH BEALE
21, 24 Aug - Lesnes Abbey Lodge
+ extra activities and dates tbc during the summer holidays
The Hundred Club is an experimental creative space for using arts and play to explore social justice issues. Led and faciliated by artist Ruth Beale the club is for families with 7-11 year old children, and their siblings, parents and carers. Through collaboration and hands-on activities members of the club experiment and play through art and making, using these as an inspiration to imagine a more fair, just and equal society.
Members of the Club will take inspiration from the work of artists, as well as the history and future of Lesnes Abbey Woods – from the prehistoric ages when the land was at the bottom of the Blackheath Sea, to the Saxon ‘Hundred of Litlelai’, to the ruins of the Lesnes Abbey, to today’s forestry and nature conservation – to explore issues that affect all of us, such as Climate Crisis and Climate Justice, the anti-war movement, wellbeing, race, disability & gender-based inequalities, or civil liberties.
The Hundred Club is based on principles of democratic decision-making – as an experiment in ways to work together, all members of the club decide the rules and direction of the activities.
︎HOW TO GET INVOLVED︎
The club will start with three online meetings, followed by in-person sessions in July and August. Further dates to follow.
Online sessions will take place on Zoom
In person sessions will take place at - Lesnes Abbey Lodge, SE2 0AX.
The activities will be focused on families with children aged 7-11, but children of other ages are welcome at parents’ discretion.
The club is free to attend.
22 May, 12 June, 3 July - Online
17 July, 21 Aug - Lesnes Abbey Lodge
+ Extra activities during the summer holidays
Plus extra activities during the summer holidays.
To register for your family’s place, please fill in this online form - or for more information please email Natasha Bird, firstname.lastname@example.org
§Ruth Beale is a London-based artist who works collectively and collaboratively, exploring the way culture, governance and social discourse create society. Her practice includes socially-engaged processes, as well as drawing, performance, film and installations. It includes the examination of institutions and grassroots organisations, from prisons to common land to schools. Libraries have been a particular interest, as litmus paper for attitudes to education and public services.
Recent projects include Library as Memorial, a book dedication project remembering Covid-19 victims with Brent 2020 Borough of Culture, The Free and the Unfree, a two-year commission with Mansions of the Future, Lincoln and incarcerated people at HMP Lincoln, and a Fungus Press public realm poster commission with Turf Projects, Croydon.
Ruth also works collaboratively with Amy Feneck as The Alternative School of Economics, whose current projects include True Currency: About Feminist Economics, a podcast series commissioned by Gasworks, London and The End of the Present, a residency with Arts Catalyst, London & Sheffield exploring converging financial and climate crises.
The Hundred Club is a project by artist Ruth Beale, commissioned by Three Rivers and London Borough of Bexley, produced by TACO! in partnership with the Lesnes Abbey Lodge.
The Hundred Club is made possible through funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.The project forms part of the Three Rivers Cultural Programme.