Facilitated OPENLAB with Charlotte Law

‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Charlotte Law
24 May 2019
Voyages in Vibrant Matter

Research Studio | 10am-1pm | £7 suggested donation

My white electric guitar, and the way she is played, stands in for a series of out-of-body experiences had in the Icelandic Highlands. A place in which I walked, day after day, searching for a black field once glimpsed, then lost amid the glacial tundras. Finally arriving, I burnt the shirt from my back as an offering to that wild, willful, yet tender place…

This time reverberates through the sounds of the guitar and seems like all time.

Played with found objects gathered from remote environments, from Iceland to Joshua Tree, and city back streets, from Hollywood to Hackney. The slightest shifts in motion across the strings are fed and amplified through a peddle; echoing, reflecting and expanding their presence on the exhumed body-landscape of a sublime beauty caught in rapture at her own continual disintegration.

Held within the textures of these assembled objects rests the subtlety of the material world, and our shared encounter with its fragility and duration. If there is an essence here, it lies within that and the subtle interplay of ecology. This is what I invite the OPENLAB participants to sink into and share; to journey together and explore our own individual practices through a dense soundscape alive with potential.

This work when performed in a live context is, at times, accompanied by spoken word.

Participants and interested parties can listen to a recording here www.charlottewendylaw.net/LIES.html


OPENLAB sessions are open to any performers: dancers, musicians, actors and anyone interested in presence and awareness in movement. The facilitators of OPENLAB are also participants “in” the session and participants can propose their ideas for a future session. If you’d like to know more about this, come to one of our sessions or email Antonio de la Fe (antonio.delafeguedes@gmail.com).The OPENLAB sessions alternate between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilated OPENLAB’ sessions. You can see the full programme for the Spring Term 2019 here.

The sessions function on a pay-what-you-can contribution basis to cover expenses and as an incentive for the facilitator of the session. We suggest a contribution of £7 for the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ sessions) and of £5 for the 2-hour long ones (‘White Canvas’). Cash only.

About the Artist:

I am an interdisciplinary artist whose practice roams around the edges of text, sound, and performance. Beginning under the guidance of artists such as Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Vest&Page, I am a frequent collaborator, and alongside my solo projects, I also take part in those such as The SEER, lead by Conny Prantera.

Aside from housing my projects, my studio is home to a jungle of agave and aloes, and when away from here I’m most often in nature.