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Thursday Scratch Nights

Talk/Performance: SPA(E)CIOUS


SPA(E)CIOUS PRESENT, Dynamics of collective and individual experiences of space and duration within specious present

25 October / 6.30pm / Free


This event is based on the multidisciplinary approach of Elena Cologni's current project Rockfluid, where site specific art practice is underpinned by elements of geography, cognitive psychology and philosophy.


To walk through places involves kinesthesia, memory and our awareness of where we are in any given present moment. SPA(E)CIOUS is a form of collaborative peripatetic practice, where produced and shared knowledge informs the artist’s  creative process. For participants, it creates the physical and psychological conditions to enhance an awareness of the perception – and illusion – of time and space in the present. Cologni inserts a variable element of interference in our experience, which varies every time Spa(e)cious takes place (e.g. an unstable platform). As the series develops from this, a dialogue with art critic  and film maker Helena Blaker also shapes the contextualisation of the outcomes.  


Elena Cologni is studio artist at Wysing Art Centre, Artist in Residence at University of Cambridge, Faculty of Experimental Psychology, and at University of Hertfordshire, School of Art. She studied at the Brera Academy of Art, State University in Milan (Italy), University of Leeds, and she has a PhD from Central Saint Martins College, London (1999-2004, Fine Art with Philosophy and Psychology). She was awarded from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for her Post Doctoral project at Central Saint Martins addressing issues of memory and liveness (2004-2006), Research Fellow at York Saint John University (2007-2009) when her work became primarily site specific and participatory.

October 2012