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ArtVaults: Live

Rara Avis at Canute’s Palace September 2018 Programme


Event Planner Amanda Moore’s installation will be in place throughout September. Sat 1st Sept

6pm - 9pm

Mad King Ludwig: Knot What You Think

Launch Free, event, drop-in performance

Sun 2nd 12pm - 4pm Sept

sarah filmer: Knit Cothe walls production project

Sat 8th Sept

Vivian Chinasa Ezugha: The perception of the Gothic

11am & 12pm

Free, drop-in

Performance Free, drop-in

Sun 9th 11am, 12pm, Wilfred Tomescu: Immersive Sept 2pm, 3pm Apocryphal artwork Anachronism

Free, book on eventbrite

Sat 15th 1pm - 5pm Sept

Noemi Lakmaier: Performance Free, The Task of drop-in Containing

Sun 16th Sept

11am - 4pm

Amy ScottPillow: Dwelling

Collaborative Free, project book on eventbrite

Sat 22nd Sept

10am - 4pm

Daniel Tebano: Sweaty Mystic

Performance Free, drop-in

Sun 23rd Sept

2pm & 4pm

Sarah Siddons Fan Club: Hold Back the Tide

Performance Free, drop-in

Svetlana Ochkovskaya: The Other C

Performance Free, drop-in

Sat 29th 7pm - 8pm Sept Sun 30th Sept

12pm, Robin Price, Collaborative Free, 1.30pm, 3pm Kane Applegate, project book on Andy Jones: eventbrite Spontaneity Knotting


Canute’s Palace. Photo credit: Audrey Lukban

ArtVaults: Live Welcome to ArtVaults: Live, an exciting programme of free performative art, activities and events hosted within Canute’s Palace, a Historic Medieval Monument located on lower high street within Southampton’s Old Town. Throughout each weekend of September 2018, local artists will make inventive use of this unique location, expressing the heritage of the site through insightful and engaging live art. The collective programme, titled ‘Rara Avis’, celebrates the extraordinarily imaginative way artists bring us together to explore themes of heritage, mythology, capitalism, thing-hood, co-production and masquerade. The event kicks off on Saturday 1st September with the presentation of a temporary public art installation by artist Amanda Moore and a lively performance resurrecting the tale of Mad King Ludwig an eccentric Bavarian monarch.


Canute’s Palace. Photo courtesy: Dr Andy Russel

History of Canute’s Palace Forward by Dr Andy Russel Canute’s Palace on Porters Lane inherited its name in the early 19th century, after Sir Henry Englefield said that it was so old it might even date back to the time of King Canute (990-1035) aka Cnut the Great. The writers of tourist guide books, who knew that Canute was crowned in Southampton in 1016, leapt on the idea, and turned it into a royal residence. It has held its adopted title ever since. The building was constructed around 1160 (many years after Canute) from Isle of Wight limestone, and would have been the house and business premises of a wealthy merchant. The upstairs windows and doors suggest the best rooms were on the first floor, accessible by an external stair. A large door lead from the ground floor to the quayside outdoors. At that period Southampton was exporting wool and importing wine.


Canute’s Palace. Photo courtesy: Southampton Archives

In the early 15th century the building was used by William Soper who occupied the Watergate Tower just down the lane. Later Christopher Ambrose held the Palace and the surrounding plots. He was a merchant from Florence who settled in Southampton and eventually became Mayor. The building was later rented by other merchants, but by the 19th century had been divided into small houses and part became a pub. Beneath the floor, archaeological excavations have found earlier houses built of wood; A lime kiln, constructed to provide lime for the stonemasons who built the Palace, still survives below floor level.


“King Canute & the Waves”- stereoscope card. Photo credit: Rescued by Rover

Rara Avis The 2018 ArtVaults: Live theme is ‘Rara Avis’, which the Collins online dictionary describes as ‘an unusual, or exceptional person or thing’. This theme relates to the mythical tale of King Canute and his attempt to hold back the tides of the sea. Though some versions of this story celebrate Canute’s wisdom and Christian piety, others condemn the king for his omnipotent belief in his own supernatural power to manipulate water. Whether depicted as superhero or villain, what is interesting about the tale of King Canute is this notion of ‘superhuman power’. Visual narratives featuring characters endowed with moral and physical powers provide inspiration for artists to embrace empowerment. They often have to undertake superhuman sensibility to conceive their ideas and share them within a public realm. ArtVaults: Live aims to support emerging, visionary artists, who create extraordinary installations or live experiences, which reflect on the ever-changing, diversifying society in which we live.


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Installation visual. Image credit: Amanda Moore

Amanda Moore: Installation Amanda Moore’s installation presents a structural framework situated within the once grand Medieval Normandy Longhouse, now known as Canute’s Palace. The structure includes tensile strings, strung across at a high level to support vessels filled with water from the nearby Solent. The undulating forms of the vessels within the space, link back to the narratives surrounding King Canute’s demonstration that no man has control over the tide, claimed to have been performed by the Solent. Moore has manipulated the Solent tide by capturing water and transporting it into the space, where it is suspended above the heads of the viewer. As daylight shines through the water receptacles, it casts reflections onto the floor which change throughout the day, producing extraordinary light effects within the architecture. Once the ArtVaults: Live events are complete and the installation is taken down, the water will be returned back to the Solent.


Mad King Ludwig. Photo credit: Rhona Murphy Photography

Mad King Ludwig: Knot What You Think Saturday 1st September, 6pm - 9pm Launch event, A show performed through music, poetry and comedy Free, Pre-book The launch of ArtVaults: Live presents the extraordinary story of Mad King Ludwig, an intriguing saga, which invites the audience to get to the crux of key matters and questions, such as the veritable cause of his death, and whether capitalism is any better than being ruled by an eccentric monarch. Born into royalty in Bavaria in the 1800s, Ludwig managed to rule without doing very much ruling at all, spending his reign building an inordinate amount of castles, funding the career of composer Richard Wagner, and eating lots of sweets. Over a hundred years on, reborn and residing in Southampton, Mad King Ludwig brings the tale of his unusual life to Canute Palace through music, performance and ridiculousness. To pre-book your free place search for ‘ArtVaults King Ludwig’ on Eventbrite, or call 02380 338 778.


Knit the walls at sarah filmer’s recent One Day Retrospective. Photo credit: Annette Warner

sarah filmer: Knit the Walls Sunday 2nd September, 12pm - 4pm A co-production project, Free, Drop-in Join artist, sarah filmer, at the iconic Canute’s Palace for a knitting and wondering session. ‘Knit the walls’ is an ongoing knitting project aspiring to recreate the medieval city walls out of wool, with the collective help of many Southampton residents. How do the walls hold the history of the city? So many stories are lost, particularly those of the everyday, the unremarkable and the mundane. You are invited to come knitting, and consider these lost day-to-day histories. This is not an archival endeavour, but a wondering endeavour – can we make connections with folk of the past through our actions now, today? As we talk, and wonder and ‘knit the walls’, a soft, warm, protective, functional, decorative record of knitters today grows ever larger, holding in its stitches the time and relations of its makers, as the old walls hold energies and records of the public of the city’s past. All materials and cake will be supplied.


Vivian Chinasa performance. Photo courtesy: Vivian Chinasa

Vivian Chinasa Ezugha: Rara Avis: The perception of the Gothic Saturday 8th September, 11am & 12pm Performance, Free, Drop-in Exploring the concept of the masquerade, Ezugha performs a ritual wearing a garment inspired by her own traditional African heritage and the rare and beautiful, endangered native British bird, the Capercaillie. Her actions are slow, like prey avoiding its predator. She stops and looks around, then creeps and creeps, tuning into minute sounds in the environment. Lowering her body to the floor, flat on the hard surface, Ezugha becomes one with the space. Ezugha’s performance presents a chance for the viewer to embrace the masquerade whilst beholding the rarity and beauty of the Capercaillie.


Photo courtesy: Wilfred Tomescu

Wilfred Tomescu: Apocryphal Anachronism Sunday 9th September, Tours start promptly at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm Immersive artwork (duration 30 mins), Free, Pre-book The hidden histories of Canute’s Palace are brought to life in an aural guided exploration that both draws from and contributes to local mythology. Wilfred Tomescu presents a ‘theatre of the mind’ that transform Canute’s Palace into an archaeological museum. Intertwined narratives create overlapping and collective audio interpretations of finding land in the flood, holding the tide and subversion / sub-mmersion. Audiences are presented with a guided aural exploration within a mobile sound installation, which begins with the distribution of headphones and a guiding pamphlet. To pre-book your free place search for ‘ArtVaults Wilfred’ on Eventbrite, or call 02380 338 778.


The Task of containing outside the Tate Modern 2018. Photo courtesy: Noemi Makimaier

Noemi Lakmaier: The Task of Containing Saturday 15th September, 1pm - 5pm Performance, Free, Drop-in Lakmaier presents a performance which investigates Heidegger’s essay ‘The Thing’, contemplating the reification of thing-hood in contemporary society over the nature of Being. In a Sisyphean task, Lakmaier very slowly pushes a jug off a café table. Then, picking up the pieces and meticulously gluing them back together, she repeats the action again and again. The relevance of the performance to Rara Avis becomes clear in a video of Lakmaier sitting at the same cafe table in front of the jug reciting The Thing, only this time her voice is dubbed over by the voice of an able-bodied man. With this enquiry Lakmaier questions the agency of her Being over the performed task.


Visualisation. Image credit: Amy Scott-Pillow

Amy Scott-Pillow: Dwelling Sunday 16th September, 11am - 4pm A collaborative project, Free, Pre-book Amy Scott-Pillow invites the public to collaborate in the creation of a temporary dwelling inside Canute’s Palace. In medieval times, the construction of such a large permanent stone structure would require significant prestige and wealth; in contrast to the humble peasantry buildings of the time, built from ephemeral materials such as wood, thatch and wattle. These structures once decayed may not have a long-lasting impact like Canute’s Palace, but to build a shelter continues to require an innate skill that has ensured the evolution of the human species. Scott-Pillow reimagines that concept through the limitations of materials found within the city of Southampton. To pre-book your free place search for ‘ArtVaults Amy’ on Eventbrite, or call 02380 338 778.


Visualisation of the Sweaty Mystic. Image credit: Daniel Tebano

Daniel Tebano: Sweaty Mystic Saturday 22nd September, 10am - 4pm Performance, Free, Drop-in In his performance Tebano will attempt to create waves and the power of inertia within a clear, shallow perspex box located in Canute’s Palace. Tebano’s re-enactment of the tale of King Canute, will reveal his ability to influence water and his limitations in controlling water’s chaotic nature. Where the water is sourced and how it arrives into the box echoes Tebano’s role in the proceedings, as his identity shifts from tourist to supernatural traveller. “Water between the brickwork, the stones work and the arms are tied. Rippled through the rope jerk, the fall hurts and the saintly rise. Water between good intentions and a sense of mystic pride. Salty strength in divine intervention washed-up on your side of the castle wall, of the ocean’s pull whilst the maverick sweats to subdue the tide as his ruling tool.”


Photo courtesy: Cheryl Butler

Sarah Siddons Fan Club: Hold Back the Tide Sunday 23rd September, 2pm and 4pm (30 mins performance) Free, Drop-in The year is 1616 and the mayor of Southampton has commissioned a group of travelling players to present a play about King Canute who was declared King of England in 1016 upon Southampton Common. The leader of the troop, one W. Shakespeare has decided to update an early Shakespearian work of the tale. Unfortunately for the audience, Shakespeare has recently died in Stratford and the revised version has been drafted by his cousin Walter! Join the Sarah Siddons Fan Club Theatre, who have put on their disguising apparel and forged a performance licence to present an interpretation of actual events in an impromptu performance at Canute’s Palace. To pre-book your free place search for ‘ArtVaults Sarah’ on Eventbrite, or call 02380 338 778.


Photo credit: Svetlana Ochkovskaya

Svetlana Ochkovskaya: The Other C Saturday 29th September, 7pm - 8pm Performance, Free, Drop-in Ochkovskaya’s live performance and site-specific installation within Canute’s Palace merges themes of the mythical with science fiction. A sense of wonder entices viewers to immerse themselves within the fabricated post-human environment, encouraging new perceptions of the world by taking the audience to a visual Other. Occupying the space is Ochkovskaya’s performative figure and a grand ornamental throne. The figures ‘non-human’ appearance transforms his identity, giving spirit and energy to a creature of ethereal myth; stretching the boundaries of the imagination and the wondrous tale of King Canute.


Photo credit: Robin Price

Robin Price, Kane Applegate & Andy Jones: Spontaneity Knotting Sunday 30th September 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm A collaborative project, (duration 45 mins), Free, Pre-book Artists Price, Applegate and Jones invite people to join a collaborative art activity with the aim to learn maritime knots in a shared kinaesthetic experience, a term they describe as Spontaneity Knotting. Sailing knots have a significant connection to Southampton’s maritime heritage; used for many years to secure boats from drifting away with the tide. The group activity which connects the objects with one another will be the binding process to create conversations including sharing information about the collective heritage of knots. To pre-book your free place search for ‘ArtVaults Robin’ on Eventbrite, or call 02380 338 778.


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God’s House Tower. Photo credit: Greg Moss

God’s House Tower God’s House Tower is currently undergoing renovation as ‘a space’ arts prepare to reopen the building as a new arts and heritage venue in 2019. Once open, GHT will present to the public a programme of exhibitions, events and activities which reanimate and retell the lost historical stories of this 700-year-old scheduled ancient monument. A Collections Gallery and Contemporary Gallery will play host to a vibrant visual arts programme including new commissions by regional artists in response to works on loan from Southampton City Art Gallery, and inspired by the building’s history and heritage. To find out more about opportunities, news and events including our current renovation of God’s House Tower and Arches Open Studios then why not sign up to our mailing list at: www.aspacearts.org.uk You can also follow us on social media:

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ArtVaults: Live Programme 2018  

The full programme for ArtVaults: Live at Canute's Palace. Performance and participatory art across five weekends throughout September 2018...

ArtVaults: Live Programme 2018  

The full programme for ArtVaults: Live at Canute's Palace. Performance and participatory art across five weekends throughout September 2018...

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