Artist Talk with Katie Davies

Artist Katie Davies will talk about her practice and the new work she is creating during her current residency in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Bristol-based Katie Davies is a video artist who explores the politics of spectatorship. Katie will be living and working in Berwick-upon-Tweed for the next 6 months and will be creating new work that will be premiered at the 10th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in September.

In 2014 the Festival will once again take audiences on a journey, setting out to cross and transcend borders in all directions, exploring border identities all over the world. Katie's new work will respond to this theme, with particular reference to the Scottish independence referendum which takes place during the festival.

About the artist

Emphasizing the communal process of commemoration, ritual and performance, Davies explores the politics of spectatorship. Previous projects include:

  • 38th Parallel, working with the UN Armistice Commission and United States Forces in Korea to research and film within the Korean Demilitarized Zone;
  • Working with The British Home Office, Sheffield City Council and Yorkshire Artspace Society to film Commonwealth, a film observing British Citizenship Ceremonies; and
  • Working with The Royal British Legion with input from Wootton Basset Town Council to research and film The Separation Line: an installation portrait of the British repatriation ceremonies that transformed Royal Wootton Basset in 2011.

Her writing on ‘border imaging’ in the context of practice-led research was published last year in Border Visions: Identity and Diaspora in Film (ed. Kazecki et al), and her installation, The Separation Line, is to be included as part of the 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War and 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2014.

When: Wednesday 14 May, 6pm onwards 

Where: ISIS Arts, 5 Charlotte Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE1 4XF

If you would like to reserve a place please email the organisers. Please note that ISIS Arts studio space is not fully accessible so please let the organisers know in advance if you have specific access requirements.

For more those involved please click on the following links: Katie Davies; Berwick Visual Arts; and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival.


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