Rosie Reed Gold on Collectivism Residency

7 Jan, 2020

Cover Image: Rosie Reed Gold

In May 2019 Rosie Reed Gold attended Collectivism Residency at Haarlem Artspace. The following is her blog, reflecting on her experience as 2019 comes to a close.

2019 - what an adventure…

This was a year for pushing new boundaries, collaboration, connectivity and embracing a more collective approach to my practice. Along the way I had the great fortune to meet incredibly talented fellow artists I hope to collaborate with in the future, and build upon pre-established relationships with artists and academics to launch new projects.

In May I was invited to join what turned out to be a life-changing residency on Collectivism at Haarlem Artspace in Wirksworth. The artist hub that has already been established in an incredibly beautiful old mill is phenomenal and they, and the wider local community were incredibly welcoming.

I was also very privileged to meet some of the directors of the Instituto Procomum in Brazil - a non-profit organization whose mission consists of working towards recognizing, empowering and protecting the commons, as well as creating community networking and preventing enclosure acts carried out by private and/or public sectors. Georgia, Marília and Simone gave such inspiring talks and we had so many discussions about ‘commoning’ that I’m working hard to make sure I can visit next year. I met so many incredibly open creatives during this short week-long residency that were an absolute joy to learn from, not to mention the dancing and singing!

Alice Gale-Feeny led a workshop which ‘adopted the tool of a fishbowl conversation - a seating format often used in educational and workplace settings. It was used in this instance to place attention on how bodies may arrange themselves in space and how this fosters dialogue; it helps to examine group dynamics, power relations and the act of speaking and listening itself.’ This was very inspiring in terms of exploring possible methodologies for altering the physical set up of a room to create a more inclusive space during dialogues and discussions.

Adam Moore led an impromptu dance workshop - ‘Where does love live in the body?’ This involved us trying to work out if notions of love could be located within the physical spaces of our bodies and if so, which areas they inhabit, and how we might move around these feelings. On a personal note this truly moved me, in both senses! I had not until that point fully considered the idea that your body can lead you - to answers, to work out problems, to access and/or release emotions, to connect with others - in a far more direct way than conversation alone.

(H)our(s) was a collaborative sketchbook project I hung up in the centre of the workspace during the residency. The note attached to it read:’This is a collaborative sketchbook. You are invited to spend an hour or more with it - sketch, paint, print, write, draw, erase, redraw, smudge, fold, cut, take a page, insert a page etc… When you have spent some time with it please return it to this space for some else to use. Each page is dedicated to everyone; together we can create a book of research based on ideas formed on this residency that belongs to us all. This is your space, it is our space, it is a suggested structure open to change.’

Rosie Reed Gold is an interdisciplinary artist fascinated in the landscape of the psychological. Her work inhabits the margins bridging the conscious and subconscious, where the waking mind may catch a fleeting glimpse of the shadow self to engage in a dialogue - the moment where integration is possible.

Inspired by notions of the personal and collective unconscious she examines the constructed concepts of ‘self’ and ‘other’, both in the social and natural realms. Her practice is often durational in nature, driven by a commitment to document and investigate the distance between thought and action, environment and behaviour, inquiry and understanding.

Using 2D text-based work, photography, video, installation, sound and performance she is particularly interested in the role collaboration and interactivity play in exploring and negotiating the boundaries of perception and encouraging connection. Her pieces ask open-ended questions about how living beings create their own mythologies, share time/space through physical mirroring, verbal and nonverbal interactions.

All images are reproduced courtesy of Rosie Reed Gold