This is a collaborative video as part of a project titled SCRRIPTT as part of OutsiderXchangeS- a project that has formed a new experimental art studio at Castlefield Gallery New Art Space in Manchester bringing together artists with and without learning disabilities.
This video shows the processes of SCRRIPTT in which works by writer Barry Finan were read between him and artist Rosanne Robertson during a period of working together. This process has informed their final work for exhibition as part of the project exhibited at Manchester Contemporary and Baltic Contemporary Art Gallery.
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For me the act of reading to each other from Barry's work has helped define our relationship as two artists together in the same space- communicating and sharing space, materials and ways of working. For me it has been a way to understand more about Barry's work past the initial impact of the form. To understand Barry's work as simply a striking visual experience would be to miss a large part of it. I have learned through this process that Barry is a writer- he does not identify himself as being an artist in the sense of being a visual artist even though he has a great eye for bold striking visual work. In our conversations that have peppered our work time he has explained to me that he is a writing and his dream would be to be a writer and an actor with an equal emphasis on both. This has made the performance of Barry's work even more important- he likes to write and he must write but he also has a great drive to present his work- to enact it and to find the best platform for it- which as it stands he sees as being the BBC. His medium of choice would be broadcasting- his interest is in moving pictures, televisions, writing, script writing, acting, paid acting job.
I have found it important during this process to communicate with Barry my own ambitions- my chosen medium or form of communication. I have described how I am an artist and I want to be an even better artist- a successful artists with shows all around the world! I want to make art that questions and challenges and is part of the conversation- part of the art world and able to be accessed. Like Barry I am ambitious and I am working out how to remove barriers to allow me to do what I feel strongly about doing. I feel excited that Barry and I can achieve part of this ambition together.
Using the internet as a platform has been important to us- as a direct form of making connection with others. The internet can be a great tool for enabling things to happen- although I am very aware that it is through me that Barry has been able to access vimeo, twitter etc- he typed his own description with this video and I think he would love to be able to have his own twitter account and other forms of blogging to share his writing. I would love it if this collaboration and platform of the project could help connect Barry to some of the other ways he would like to work with other people- making links in television, theatre, press, writing and acting.
OutsiderXchangeS is a project by Venture Arts in partnership with Castlefield Gallery, Contemporary Visual Art Manchester and Baltic Contemporary Art Gallery.