Response Time with Artes Mundi 6 at National Museum Cardiff

Response Time will be taking its unique form of performed response to art, space and environment with a 24 hour live response to Artes Mundi 6 at the National Museum Cardiff on Thursday 30th October.

The Response Time project began as a pilot project to create performed response to art, space and environment at the Gas Gallery in Aberystwyth. In April 2014 it extended the 48 hour long project into a ten day residency at the gallery Adleisio: Replay Me which explored immediate responses and longer developed responses to the work of Annie Morgan Suganami’s exhibition alongside the development of previous work.

Response Time allowed young and emerging artists and performance makers to work alongside more experienced performance makers and curators from a variety of disciplines. It provided a vital opportunity for performance makers to gain performance experience and explore their own and others process of developing work.

Sandra Bendelow, Response Time producer said, “We were invited along by Guy O’Donnell from the Response Wales project to work alongside his Young Critics responding to Artes Mundi and we are really excited about facing this new challenge. Previous projects have allowed between 48 hours and ten days for participants but this will give us barely 24 hours so it will have to be an immediate response to the work, space and environment. We never know what will be produced. It crosses disciplines and merges art-forms combining physical theatre, text, art, sound, movement, comedy. We have only ever worked in the Gas Gallery which is a small, intimate, space that we became very at home in but at Artes Mundi 6 in the National Museum Wales, everything will be bigger, the art, the space and yet we have less time – it is going to be a real challenge but we’re all really looking forward to it. For the audience they will be seeing something which is very live, raw and a very real response to the work.  “

Participants include Naomi Heath who is a bi-lingual, inter-disciplinary performance artist who recently exhibited at Moma Wales as part of Cymylau Tystion/Clouds of Witness, James Baker an emerging performance maker with his unique and indefinable exploration of textual, physical and comic response, Hannah Pullen a recent graduate of Coleg Ceredigion currently studying at Aberystwyth University’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Sandra Bendelow an inter-disciplinary scriptwriter and producer, Mar Shro Gora a performance artist who works with self documentation and time, Lara Ward a theatre practitioner and choreographer and Petra Barberini is a cross disciplinary creator.

Petra Barberini said, “The Response project at the Artes Mundi provides a great challenge to create with a team of like minded artists within a 24 hour period. I’m thoroughly looking forward to discover what will be born from this experience.  For the audience I’m hoping for a gem of insight into our everyday life. A gem to be treasured and remain as a fleeting memory of that moment at the Artes Mundi. I have no idea where will the space and artists lead us? ”

Response Time is currently looking to find new gallery spaces throughout Wales in which to work on a week-long residency responding to art, space and environment. For more information about Response Time contact

The performance will be at 1PM on 30th October in the National Museum of Wales as part of a series of lunchtime performances taking place throughout Artes Mundi 6. 

Image by Keith Morris. James Baker performing in Response Time: Open Space at the Gas Gallery in Aberystwyth/ 

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Comment by Catrin Fflur Huws on October 28, 2014 at 15:41

I hope it goes well. I would have love to have been able to be involved with the project.

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