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Fig-2 with Fatoş Üstek

11 November 2015 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


fig-2 and UK Friends of NMWA presents ‘Resonant Voices in Contemporary Visual Culture’,  a talk by fig-2 curator Fatoş Üstek, with an introduction to her current project at fig-2 by artist Lynne Marsh.

fig-2 is a revival of fig-1, which presented 50 exhibitions in 50 weeks. fig-1 was conceived and developed by Mark Francis and Jay Jopling in 2000 and launched many of the “YBAs”.  Fifteen years later, fig-2 brings together a programme that is driven by the radical imagination of artists, writers, dancers, architects, and designers. fig-2 is curated by Fatoş Üstek.

The talk will address the acceleration of female positions in today’s cultural production from curating to artistry, from running large scale art institutions to art galleries and art fairs. The condition that many women are functioning as key players in their respective scenes today introduces a shift in collective production of visual culture. Fatoş will draw a contemporary map of London’s art scene whilst reflecting on her personal history of being an independent curator for over a decade, initiating and realising her own projects on an international scale.

For the 45th week of the fig-2 programme the artist Lynne Marsh presents a new long form film installation tracking the processes surrounding the performance of an opera. Mimicking the framing device of a play within a play, the project maps the dramatic trajectory of La Traviata onto the activities happening off stage during its performances at The Grand Theatre and Opera House in Leeds. Back-stage crew, off-stage performers and stage-management develop as characters in overlaying narratives during the 3 acts of the live performance. With a focus on the routine labour around the stage, the work provides insight on the nature of performance, explores the relationship of operatic music and its grand narrative to the visual screen-based image and brings operatic tradition into context with present-day realities. 

The 2 hour film is co-produced with Opera North and presents La Traviata in its entirety. Screening times will be announced.

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11 November 2015
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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