ZONE D’UTOPIE TEMPORAIRE (Z.U.T.) RESIDENCY – PART II

HANNAH CORRIE / JULIA DREISKI / LOWRI EVANS / FLEURYFONTAINE / MAXENCE HAMARD / THOMAS LANGLEY / FAUSTINE LEVIN / ORLY ORBACH / KURT KRAPPERZ / RAFAL ZAJKO

Curated by Alice Bonnot

The Koppel Project Hive, 26 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2AQ

Three week residency 1 – 20 August 2016
One week exhibition 21 – 30 August 2016

For its opening to the public on August 2016, the Koppel Project Hive hosted the second edition of the Zone d’Utopie Temporaire (Z.U.T.) summer residency program. The residency stands as an ongoing social and creative experiment whereby a group of selected artists accept the challenge of working together during three weeks to create a Temporary Utopian Zone.

Collectively, this residency examined the way in which we transform our surroundings to reflect the displacement of our dreams. Through the artwork produced by nine international and multidisciplinary artists, ‘utopia’ provokes the social imagination by resonating with the themes of hope and desire. Whilst many works were created in the given time period, each addresses utopia different- ly, and all are constituted through social engagement.

Accompanying the artists, theorists Lowri Evans and Hannah Corrie, facilitated discussions and debates to feed the artists’ creative process. The group also worked with art historian and critic Julia Ramirez Blanco who presented her research on ‘The Utopian Turn: the relationship between contemporary art and utopia’.

Arguably, the core format of the Z.U.T. residency programme is itself Utopian. Following the con- tinuing success of those first two editions, who knows, perhaps Temporary Utopian Zones can take shape anywhere?

BEHIND THE SCENES 

Find out what the eleven participants have been working on during the residency. Visit our visual diary here and here

JULIA DREISKI

http://www.cargocollective.com/juliadreiski

Julia Dreiski is a French artist taking on the role of a storyteller, a scientist or that of an explorer to represent stories inspired by cinema, tales or science fiction narratives. Through her sculptures she plays and assembles modules to form unreal architectures in suspension; and through her drawings and embroideries she expresses the antagonism of attraction and repulsion.

Julia is a graduate of L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, (with MA in Fine Art and Space).

FAUSTINE LEVIN

http://thea-louisa.wix.com/home

Faustine Levin is a Parisian visual artist roving throughout Europe and continuously looking for new adventures. While studying photography she assisted Cathleen Naundorf in the dark chamber using original and ancestral processes. Later she opened her own photo studio that a large variety of artists visited during three years and where she also experimented a broader artistic practice including drawing, sculpture and video editing. 

Faustine Levin is also an actress and a film director. She is currently working on a documentary about the French countryside and its farmers.

HANNAH CORRIE

Hannah Corrie is currently studying Psychology (BSc) at Goldsmiths University, London, having spent her childhood in Europe, North America and South Africa and it was this early exposure to different cultures that sparked her interest in human behaviour. Before University, she worked in several care homes specifically engaging with individuals with Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s that not only began her interest in neurological disorders but also instilled in her the importance of care and compassion in society. During Hannah’s time at university she has been involved in a short film project, which is being submitted to summer film festivals in 2016.

LOWRI EVANS

Lowri Evans graduated in 2016 from Goldsmiths University of London. Whilst studying anthropology she has engaged in local and national campaigns for social justice and environmental activism. She also has a background in theatre; she trained for a year at RADA in acting and pursued a professional career for a few years afterwards.

Lowri sees her involvement in the Z.U.T residency as an exciting opportunity to collaborate with artists, exploring alternative social constructions of communities, and challenges to the status quo.

FLEURYFONTAINE

http://www.fleuryfontaine.fr

Through installations, performances and digital pictures, the Parisians artists Galdric Fleury and Antoine Fontaine, known as fleuryfontaine, questions the interactions between man and its close environment, using information technologies as their field of investigation. 

“fleuryfontaine’s work fully participates in this history to witness “the shift from modernity to algorithmic governance”. The theory of knowledge, combined with that of Capital, finds expression in the work of fleuryfontaine through the metaphor of liquidity, the fantasy – shared by teenagers, engineers andpreachers – of a borderless, water-tight world in constant regeneration.” 

Alexis Jakubowicz, member of Critic College, Montrouge Art fair, 2015 

Antoine and Galrich are graduates of the Paris-Cercy National School of Art and Paris-Malaquais School of Architecture (MA).

THOMAS LANGLEY

https://www.instagram.com/thomaslangley86/

Thomas Langley is a fine artist working with an interdisciplinary practice that includes painting, sculpture, performance, drawing and installation.

The breadth of his working methods is a means to discover and explore new territories for artistic comment. He is interested in the idea of manual thought – how thinking gets into an object. In parallel, he likes the idea that this manual thought could blur the boundaries between an artwork and the artistic life that gives rise to it. The material expression of consciousness also turns into a question about the physical/spatial boundaries the artwork occupies, and the status it maintains in the wider world.

His work is often self-referential although approaching certain universal truths through that; the human condition, or more specifically the artistic condition, are what he strives to make contact with.

Thomas is currently in its first year of Master at the Royal Academy.

RAFAL ZAJKO

www.rafal-zajko.com

Rafal Zajko is a Polish artist living in London. He works in a variety of media and plays with the traditional roles of varying artistic mediums. In this manner his sculptures become props, his performances become documentations of actions and his films (through a process of layering, repetition and re-recording) become a physical manifestation of an idea. 

Rafal often plays with ambiguity and objects he creates can either be centre stage (playing the role of a character in a film) or totally hidden (as a series of props or backdrops).

Rafal is a graduate of the Central St. Martins and Chelsea College of Art (with a BA in Fine Art).

Currently, he is participating in the Syllabus programme, organized by six prominent art institutions across the UK, including Wysing Art Centre, Studio Voltaire, East Side Projects and New Contemporaries. The programme selects ten artists and provides an alternative art education with bimonthly seminars over a twelve-month period.

KURT KRAPPERZ

Kurst Krapperz is a British artist working with an interdisciplinary practice that includes performing, improvising music and writing. A constant in his process has been to set up parameters that allow chance to act as a fundamental component in the generation of a work. He is interested in the possibility of creating intentional environments (personal / public), which allow for undetermined outcomes to transpire, and the revelations that can be conceived from this. For this reason he values experiment and failure.  

Kurt is a graduate of the Goldsmith University (with an MA in Performance and Culture).

MAXENCE HAMARD

http://www.maxence-hamard.com

Maxence Hamard is a French artist whose practice crystallizes moments of action and experimentation. Through the creation of machines, objects, sculptures and videos he tries to capture instants of interstice, surprise or mistake in order to achieve the production of a poetic cycle. 

Maxence will graduate next year from the Paris National School of Art (MA).

ORLY ORBACH

http://orlyorbach.com/

Orly Orbach is a British artist creating open books, performance graphics and visual narrative landscapes, using diverse interactive and participatory methods. She is interested in creating new myths and reinterpreting existing ones, as a response to different social and environmental contexts.

 Handmade processes are central to her practice, as is the physical participation of people in the production of the artwork. In many projects she explores new possibilities of creating participatory books, finding innovative and alternative means of assembling and disseminating stories. Her projects include permanent and semi-permanent site-specific public artworks such as wall drawing and furniture. Temporary interventions for public spaces, museums, galleries, libraries and schools, ephemeral and transient books, collaborations with theatre companies and architects, community-based residencies, socially-engaged regeneration projects and consultations.

Orbach is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and Brighton University. She lectures part time at the Cass School of Arts and other educations institutes. She is currently training in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths University. 

JULIA DREISKI 

www.juliadreiski.com

Julia Dreiski is a French artist taking on the role of a storyteller, a scientist or that of an explorer to represent stories inspired by cinema, tales or science fiction narratives. Through her sculptures she plays and assembles modules to form unreal architectures in suspension; and through her drawings and embroideries she expresses the antagonism of attraction and repulsion.

Julia is a graduate of L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, (with MA in Fine Art and Space).