The creative practice as ritual process – Panel Discussion | Wednesday 2 October 2013, 7pm

 Detail from sculptural video installation Generation, by Rosalyn Driscoll and Tereza Stehlíková, 2012

Detail from sculptural video installation Generation, by Rosalyn Driscoll and Tereza Stehlíková, 2012

The creative practice as ritual process – Panel Discussion

Wednesday 2 October 2013, 7pm

Driscoll and Stehlíková drew themes from the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone for Generation. Persephone’s descent into the underworld, and her cyclical return to the earthly plane, will be explored as a metaphor for the creative practice. The artist descends repeatedly into the unconscious, the unknown and the unexplored, and returns with new ways of knowing and perceiving.

The panel is chaired by Kay Syrad, writer, and includes Amanda Ravetz, anthropologist, Tereza Stehlíková, film-maker, and Rosalyn Driscoll, sculptor

Amanda Ravetz is a visual anthropologist with expertise in observational cinema and the connections between anthropology and art. Her anthropological films have been screened in the UK, Portugal, Germany, Majorca, USA and India. She wrote, with Anna Grimshaw, Observational Cinema: Anthropology, film, and the Exploration of Social Life, (Indiana University Press: 2009). She has an MA and a PhD in Social Anthropology with Visual Media from the University of Manchester and joined the Art and Design institute MIRIAD at Manchester Metropolitan University as a research fellow.
www.amandaravetz.co.uk

Kay Syrad is a poet, novelist and art-writer. She investigates how material determines form, in writing and in the natural and built environments. Her poetry has been awarded a number of prizes and she has received a Year of the Artist Award.
www.kaysyrad.co.uk

Tereza Stehlíková is a Czech film-maker whose work explores ways of evoking multi-sensory impressions in the cinematic viewer. She has a practice-based PhD from the Royal College of Art and is a founding member of Sensory Sites, an international collective dedicated to multisensory installations and research.
www.terezast.com

Rosalyn Driscoll is an American sculptor whose work explores the somatic senses and the languages of the body. Her sculpture has received numerous awards and been exhibited internationally. She researches tactile perception and the somatic senses through her artwork, writing, and collaboration with scientists. She is a member of Sensory Sites.
www.rosalyndriscoll.com

Martin Beney