Centre for Audio Visual Experimentation

The Fold, 2017

Fold was a public programme curated by Dr Sam Belinfante that interrogated both theory/practice and audio/visual relationships in contemporary art practice.

Practice-based PhDs are often denigrated as hinging too much on conceptual thought and writing, yet the University of Leeds has a long history of productive and interdisciplinary research in this area.

Unveiling the School of Fine Art's new building and celebrating 20 years of the Contemporary Artists’ Book FairThe Fold presented five artists connected to the Fine Art PhD – past and present – each exploring different materialisations of thought as well as the formal qualities of ‘display’ itself.

Elizabeth Price: The Tent
7 – 25 February 2017

Bethan Hughes: Softbodies
4 – 23 March 2017

Claire Hope: Contact
28 March – 13 April 2017

Patrick Ward: Enthusiasm
25 April – 10 May 2017

Sarah Kate Wilson: Wrapped
16 May – 3 June 2017

All installation shots by Jules Lister, unless captioned otherwise.
Special thanks to Project Space interns: Danielle Goule, Jamie Hudson, Eleanor Rambellas-Roche and Anya Stewart-Maggs,

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Elizabeth Price: The Tent

Elizabeth Price: The Tent

Elizabeth Price’s narrative video, The Tent (2010), is derived from a single book, Systems (1972). The book is the film’s sole visual subject and the only resource for its graphic narration. Indeed, most aspects of the video, including elements of the soundtrack, have been extorted from the different properties and possibilities of the book.

Project Space, 7 – 25 February 2017
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Bethan Hughes: Softbodies

Bethan Hughes: Softbodies

Softbodies is an installation of sculptural forms, digital prints and 3D rendered videos exploring notions of (dis)embodiment and tactility in the digital realm, the ways in which matter migrates across media and how our physical realities are restructured in the face of all-pervasive screen-space.

Project Space, 4 – 23 March 2017
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Claire Hope: Contact

Claire Hope: Contact

Project Space, 28 March – 13 April 2017

In Claire Hope’s video Contact (2016), female actors and students perform a series of affectionate interactions. Beginning with forms of touch recognisable from cinema, visual media and daily life, the video goes on to show a range of increasingly creative, physical gestures. The premise of Contact is to depict, in moving images, the kinds of creative bodily intimacy that can be seen between people who are close, or attached but are often absent from visual culture and social media. Hope is interested in how relationships are experienced and depicted in capitalist cultures, and how this can differ from the potential that actually exists between people.

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Patrick Ward: Enthusiasm

Patrick Ward: Enthusiasm

A new work by Patrick Ward that sets gestures of prosaic demonstration within conventions of cinematic montage to explore how the workings of technical apparatus coincide with the fictions that they facilitate. As sequences of sounds and images emerge across multiple screens, synchretic relationships are convened, explored and exploded.

Project Space, 25 April – 10 May 201
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Sarah Kate Wilson: Wrapped

Sarah Kate Wilson: Wrapped

Wrapped presents artist Sarah Kate Wilson’s Shrink-wrapped Paintings, a new body of work that promotes painting as a time-based medium. Whilst being hosted by Project Space, these ‘durational paintings’ invite viewers, by way of instructions, to participate in their making.

Visitors are encouraged to bring objects to the gallery that can be ‘wrapped’ into the paintings. The paintings already contain clothes, plates, empty packets of pain killers, clutter, trainers and other existing artworks.

Project Space, 16 May – 3 June 2017
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