Projects and Press
HYPHAE, Series 2020, Performance Art Installation / Photography & Video / Shot and Produced July 2020
The Hyphae Series comprises of a collection of photographic still images and a digital video film, capturing the behind the scenes,
site specific performance, an installation in a forest location, Gothenburg, Sweden.
This performance was about the elemental uncertainly of time, space and being. The film was a collaboration, between two Gothenburg based artists, directed and performed by Cárdenas and co-directed / filmed, photographed and edited by Hayes. It depicts Cárdenas in her creative process and using her knowledge of Asian philosophies to influence her art practice. Mindful rituals such as repetition, meditation and flow, are engaged during the recorded performance, staged in a secluded woodland environment, seemingly in isolation, yet it plays with the familiar rituals that weave our existence and union with nature. It's pattern forming outcomes, we see a continuous wrapping of a thread around a cluster of trees, unifying these tall columns in winding repetition.
In connection with this single performance was a larger context of collaboration, the premise being part of an international project called TIMESPECIFIC - a personal choreography in time and space, created during the current Global Covid -19 Pandemic, involving a range of international artists from 8 different countries, most in lockdown, as a reflection of the constraints under which artists set out to make and produce work. Yet at the time Sweden was not in full lockdown, although with national recommended restrictions in place for social distancing and self isolation.
Video clip from the installation material we submitted was released online in November 2020 as part of this larger collaborative film project with TIMESPECIFIC, curated by Artist Isolde Kille. Links to the collaborative film project is found on news page.
'Hyphae is about the elemental uncertainty of time, space and being, shot during the Global Pandemic Covid-19.
With this piece the artists imagine a world where all types of humans and nature forge their duality into a oneness, thereby living in harmony or mutualism. The transformation that happens to the space in the forest during the performance and experience of flow is a metaphor for transmutation and purification.'
Performance Location : Woodland Forest Sweden, during Global Pandemic 2020
Director and Performance: Gaby Berglund Cárdenas - International Multi Disciplinary Artist ECUADORIAN / SWEDISH
Co-Director / Photography & Video, Editing : Bev Hayes - Visual Artist, Photographer, Printmaker BRITISH / SWEDISH - BASED in SWEDEN
Please note : Curators may request access to watch HYPHAE the full mp4 version at 1m 46s and read the full transcription of the Art Installation - Enquire here )
HYPHAE Series Bev Hayes is currently being developing a limited edition photo book made with the alternative photographic print technique - photopolymer gravure.
The Regional Creative Arts Industry Publication ADA, for Västa Götaland, mentions my photography and project collaboration in an article and artist interview with International Artist Gaby Berglund Cárdenas.
Read the whole interview here ;
Bluecoat, Liverpool: The Uk's first art centre / Artist Printmaker Bev Hayes is mentioned in the ebook, page 217.
See Bibliographic Information below.
This book mentions a history behind The Print Room, located on the top floor of the north east wing of the Bluecoat building, and with its much loved famous 100 year old Press, that's still in working action from when it started the being used in 1960's. Bev Hayes features with a list of tutor-artists who have had the honour to print with the press as well as teach numerous local artists, amateur and professional over the years.
Bluecoat, Liverpool: The UK's first arts centre
"Bryan Biggs, John Belchem
Oxford University Press, 23 May 2020 - History - 288 pages
' Bluecoat is a unique and much-loved Liverpool institution, its oldest city centre building. This book tells the fascinating story of its transformation from charity school to contemporary arts centre, the UK's first. Its early 18th century origins shed light on the religious and maritime mercantile environment of the growing port, whose merchants supported the school. Echoes from then are revealed in themes explored by artists in the 20th century, including slavery and colonial legacies. The predominant focus is on an inclusive building for the arts, starting with colourful bohemian society, the Sandon, who established an artistic colony in 1907, hosting significant exhibitions by the Post-Impressionists and many leading modern British artists. Bluecoat Society of Arts emerged as the building's custodians, paving the way for the arts centre which, despite financial struggles and wartime bomb damage, survived and continues to play a prominent role in Liverpool's and the UK's culture. Bluecoat is described as where 'village hall meets the avant-garde'. In its rich story, Picasso, Stravinsky, Yoko Ono, Captain Beefheart, Simon Rattle and the inspirational Fanny Calder are just some of the names encountered, as key strands, including music, visual art, performance and the building's tenants, are traced."
Title:Bluecoat, Liverpool: The UK's first arts centre
PublisherOxford University Press, 2020