Thursday, 3 July 2014

York Curiouser - Janet Hodgson at Fishergate Postern Tower

York Curiouser: The city explored through contemporary art interventions

York Curiouser is an arts project running from 14 June to 7 July, comprising new works from leading artists from around the UK who have been inspired by the rich history of York. The project encourages residents and visitors alike to discover exciting contemporary art in hidden and sometimes surprising parts of York.


I have been helping out by taking some of the promotional photographs earlier in the year and photographing some of the installations during the exhibition period. It has been a great pleasure exploring new corners of the city and seeing the artwork come to life. 
As we are now into the final week of the project, I thought I would write a new post each day showcasing and reflecting on what I've seen.

Janet Hodgson

Janet is an internationally established theatre designer and multi-disciplinary artist, concerned with the "re-enactment / fiction of history, entropy, loss and labour".

Janet created a new work for York Curiouser at Fishergate Postern Tower called the Workshop of Historical Correction, which takes over all four floors of the 16th century tower, and in which the "forgotten, out of date, wrong or missing, misguided histories from York's past appear to be stored and reworked ready to go on display once again".

I found the work absolutely captivating; it's art to be experienced, rather than consumed, as you explore each floor of the tower, revelling in all the little details that make it so compelling. 

You enter at the ground floor into a room filled with boxes, tables and bubble wrap, which I was initially duped into thinking was York Curiouser's storage area, but is actually carefully laid out in the style of a museum packaging room, ready for all the Historical Corrections to be sent out to the places where the offences have been allowed to occur - the Natural History Museum, the Yorkshire Air Museum and, topically, the Richard III Museum.




On exploring the first and second floors of the Workshop, you come across the workstations where the artefacts to support the Corrections are being prepared, such as the Shakespeare ideas generator, complete with an abacus-like tool for creating random phrases (and a QR code link to an online version), or the appearance of the face of local saint, Margaret Clitherow, on a piece toast, thanks to the careful application of a disposable cigarette lighter.

Finally you arrive at the top floor, in near darkness, where a short costume drama is being projected. It depicts a dance lesson inspired by the accepted history that the Tower was used for dances in the Georgian period, and features a strict teacher presiding over her young students while a choir boy sings a Dada libretto composed from Drake's history of York, Eboracum.

Note - Fishergate Postern Tower is only open until Sun 6 July, catch it while you can!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

York Curiouser - Janet Hodgson at Fishergate Postern Tower

York Curiouser: The city explored through contemporary art interventions

York Curiouser is an arts project running from 14 June to 7 July, comprising new works from leading artists from around the UK who have been inspired by the rich history of York. The project encourages residents and visitors alike to discover exciting contemporary art in hidden and sometimes surprising parts of York.


I have been helping out by taking some of the promotional photographs earlier in the year and photographing some of the installations during the exhibition period. It has been a great pleasure exploring new corners of the city and seeing the artwork come to life. 
As we are now into the final week of the project, I thought I would write a new post each day showcasing and reflecting on what I've seen.

Janet Hodgson

Janet is an internationally established theatre designer and multi-disciplinary artist, concerned with the "re-enactment / fiction of history, entropy, loss and labour".

Janet created a new work for York Curiouser at Fishergate Postern Tower called the Workshop of Historical Correction, which takes over all four floors of the 16th century tower, and in which the "forgotten, out of date, wrong or missing, misguided histories from York's past appear to be stored and reworked ready to go on display once again".

I found the work absolutely captivating; it's art to be experienced, rather than consumed, as you explore each floor of the tower, revelling in all the little details that make it so compelling. 

You enter at the ground floor into a room filled with boxes, tables and bubble wrap, which I was initially duped into thinking was York Curiouser's storage area, but is actually carefully laid out in the style of a museum packaging room, ready for all the Historical Corrections to be sent out to the places where the offences have been allowed to occur - the Natural History Museum, the Yorkshire Air Museum and, topically, the Richard III Museum.




On exploring the first and second floors of the Workshop, you come across the workstations where the artefacts to support the Corrections are being prepared, such as the Shakespeare ideas generator, complete with an abacus-like tool for creating random phrases (and a QR code link to an online version), or the appearance of the face of local saint, Margaret Clitherow, on a piece toast, thanks to the careful application of a disposable cigarette lighter.

Finally you arrive at the top floor, in near darkness, where a short costume drama is being projected. It depicts a dance lesson inspired by the accepted history that the Tower was used for dances in the Georgian period, and features a strict teacher presiding over her young students while a choir boy sings a Dada libretto composed from Drake's history of York, Eboracum.

Note - Fishergate Postern Tower is only open until Sun 6 July, catch it while you can!