• All Rise

Coutts, Nicky, 2015, Art or design object, All Rise

Abstract or Description:

'All Rise' is an HD split screen HD video work (7’30) involving collaborations with The Royal Central College of Speech and Drama, The Perdekamp Emotional Method of Acting (PEM) and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, amongst other individual participants and performers. The film took a year to make and involved documenting over the course of 6 months, first year drama students learning to become specific animals identified for them for study at London Zoo. The students are observed slipping between being themselves and leaning towards the animal. They are seen progressing and sometimes losing momentum. The film is made using vertical columns of imagery and a verticality of sound. All humans represented either attempt to become animal or become part of a reprographic process, subsuming themselves into copying machines. All animals represented imitate their human counterparts.

‘All Rise’ looks to mimicry across the species divide inviting a meeting place where both could coincide. With the visual columns and interruptions of sound arranged as for a musical score the sum of disconnected notations are willed to perform beyond any feasible intentions of the maker, providing audiences with a condition in which to consider and inhabit a mimetic realm.

‘All Rise’ was first shown as part of the solos show ‘My Previous Life as an Ape’ at Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London (April-May 2015) and has since featured as part of a series of artists’ talks at the gallery, the RCA and LCC aimed at MA and research students. It is accompanied by a publication of the same title which contains a text by John Harrington that mimic’s Coutts concerns as an act of writing rather than providing a commentary.
‘All Rise’ has since been shown in galleries in China at "Intersecting Practices of Contemporary Printmaking in the UK in China", (22/09- 03/10/2015) during IMPACT 9 Printmaking Conference in Hangzhou at China Academy of Arts Museum, at "Intersecting Practices of International Contemporary Arts" School of Art & Design Hunan University, Art 9 Gallery and as part of “Conjunctively Evolving" Contemporary Arts from China and UK at Yun Contemporary Arts Center, Shanghai.
‘All Rise’ has also been introduced and screened by Coutts as part of research symposia at Goldsmiths University (Potatoes and Stones, 10th November 2016) and at Glyndwyr – North Wales School of Art and Design (Art as Research, 9th November 2016) and presented in conjunction with a paper on mimesis at the conference ‘Visualising the Animal’, Cumbria University, 2015.

AuthorHarrington, John
CinematographerMurray, Liz
ConsultantEwan, Vanessa
ConsultantElliot, Peter
ConsultantVictoria, Sarah
AnimatorKubik, Anna
ActorSinclair, Sian Shannon
ActorHarcourt-Ham, Ollie
ActorOulton, Georgie
ActorEdsell, Polly
ActorWells, Sam
ActorVickers-Willis, Charlie
ActorBennett, Ike
ActorCotter, David
ActorKirk, Cora
ActorMarcq, Max
ActorWestgate, Jack
ActorWhite, Charlie
ActorMendelsohn, Imogen
ActorTheo, Ereira-Guyer
DancerDimitrakopoulou, Stella
OtherRudgewick-Brown, Ian
My Previous Life as an ApeDanielle Arnaud Contemporary Art01 Apr - 31 May 2015One person show
Official URL: http://daniellearnaud.com/exhibitions/exhibition-c...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Creative Arts and Design > W600 Cinematics and Photography
Creative Arts and Design > W800 Imaginative Writing
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Copyright Holders: Nicky Coutts, John Harrington, Danielle Arnaud
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2016 13:36
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2023 15:05
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2606
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