Films

SCORE at Experimentica

11 Apr 2024 at Chapter, Cardiff CF5 1QE.
SCORE will delve into an exploration of performativity and play within the Welsh context in a
new site-specific commission’.

It’s been a real pleasure to develop work with SCORE on Maes Chwarae over the last few months.
Here are 2 images of my video and projection made as part of experimental preparation for our performance
– the first showing Rob Oros and the second Tim Martin-Jones.

 

SCORE Experimentica artists are: Beth Greenhalgh, Tess Wood, Vivian Ross-Smith, Tessa Waite, Iona Hannagan Lewis, Lewis Prosser, Tim Martin-Jones, Rob Oros, Penny Hallas.
‘SCORE is a pulsating slime of oddballs and artists from across Wales. Devised in 2022 as a provocation to explore ‘live-ness’ and performativity within the Welsh context, SCORE is a curious constellation of energies and aspirations, constantly reshaping and redefining the boundaries of its own creative expression. Central to the group’s method is a thirst for playfulness, collaboration, co-authorship, grit, tenderness, the ephemeral, and the ‘live’. Working together to perform in the face of the unknown’.

MYRIORAMA

10 Feb – 6 May 2024 Gallery 2, Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
17 Mar 2-4pm. Artist talk with Alan Bowring, geologist and Geopark Officer.
Celebrating the bicentenary of the myriorama.

200 years ago J.H. Clark and S. Leigh created a game to tap into a new craze sweeping Europe.
Meaning ‘many views’, their Myriorama was a set of 16 illustrated cards that could be rearranged to create
a near-endless variety of cohesive scenes. Long before cinema this was seen as a fine amusement for all
the family. I use but subvert the Myriorama’s idealised picturesque aesthetic, combining and intermingling narratives, deliberately introducing elements of dissonance and misfit as a way of extending conversations
about how we perceive and value the land in a time of environmental crisis.

Gweld y wybodaeth yma yn Gymraeg ar-lein

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus SY23 3DE
Artist talk in the Round Studio, Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Free / am dim

A Private Land / Tir Diarffordd

Oct 28 – Oct 29 The Muse, Glamorgan St. Brecon.
Two day collaborative Art Lab to share narratives about the former Mid Wales Hospital.
With Susan Adams and guests. See A Private Land / Tir Diarffordd for full details of the weekend events and
the BLOG to read all about the project

Ymunwch â ni yn ystod ein labordy celf cydweithredol dros 2 ddiwrnod i weld, clywed a rhannu naratif newydd
am yr hen ysbyty a phobl sy’n gysylltiedig ag ef cyn iddo ddiflannu’n llwyr. Edrychwch ar y dolenni am yr holl fanylion.

SCORE

Experimental installation for SCORE: Space and Performative Practices at tactileBOSCH Lounge, Cardiff
‘an ongoing winter playground for performance artists or artists working with live elements to come
together and… allow things to happen.’

6 Jan and 2 Mar 2023 Made in honour of the bumper apple crop of 2022, with libations to the health
of the trees in 2023. Thanks to @abi_hubbard_creative for her impromptu performance, animating the
installation to waken the sleeping tree spirits and frighten off any evil demons that may be lurking in the branches https://vimeo.com/787291464

24 Mar 2023 My tiny contribution to the topsy turvy carnivalesque world of Wrath and Tempo
at SHIFT, Cardiff.

Generously hosted by @bethgreenhalgh. Check out @tactilebosch and @shiftcardiff  for more
documentation and participants. Thanks to Beth for the first photo.

Reframing the Past >> Emerging Futures

Aug 26-28 2022 Live streaming of the video Megan Arnold and I have made as part of this
international collaborative project with Elysium Gallery and IICSI 
Click on http://improvfest.ca/ to watch live.

After talking about the paths laid out for us, whether on the land or in our stars, we decided to follow
will o’ the wisps. Through a process of call and response we have exchanged video, performance, sound
and texts which have taken us both off the beaten track and into unfamiliar terrain. Guided by instinct,
embracing risk and open to accident we found ourselves playing in the margins between freedom and
restraint, gravity and absurdity. The Future of the Universe / Mae Dyfodol y Bydysawd is a karaoke-
inspired video that subverts ideas of pre-determined futures on a personal, global, and galactic level.

You can read the full lyrics here Lyric sheet

Elysium gallery in partnership with IICSI commissioned 6 artists from Canada and Wales to
work together, developing cross-Atlantic strategies to create critical and experimental new work online.
Through A series of monthly online artist discussions, we want to create an innovative platform for
creative collaborations that will evolve into developing ideas that will form part of Elysium’s contribution
to IICSI’s IF Improvisation Festivals in 2022. With Jonathan Powell, Stephen Donnelly and Daniel Trivedy.
This project is supported by Wales Arts International

Other selected artists are: Tricia Enns, Jessica Lerner, Andrew Maize & Euros Rowlands.

Our Picturesque Landscape

Starting a new project in the Dee Valley as artist in residence with Our Picturesque Landscape

Image: canal and river water flanking the ultimate picturesque view from Dinas Bran, with anti-erosion measures

At the beginning of May, I started a research phase, gathering material to develop into a series of large scale drawings in the style of a myriorama. Myrioramas became a popular entertainment and educational tool in the early 1800’s, just as tourism was developing and as ideas of picturesque and sublime were being formed but also challenged by profound changes due to industrial and agricultural revolution. I will draw on this format  to respond imaginatively to a range of sites along the Dee Valley, bringing them into new relationship. By including visual elements that reflect the dilemmas and pressures on the Dee Valley – an area of intense and often conflicting demands – the work will offer new perspectives and awareness of important issues. The interchangeability of panels disrupts linear expectations and allows varying narratives of sense of place – and extends conversation about beauty, value, risk, damage and loss, unexpected impacts of human activity, resilience and reparation.

Image below: 1824 Clake’s Myriorama

Commedia

Video sequence in which the Divine Comedy is relocated to a brutalist office block in Cardiff city centre.

Alongside a terrific line up of writers and artists, my video can be seen in the 4 page special edition of
Junction Box, celebrating Dante’s 700th anniversary. Editor Lyndon Davies.
https://glasfrynproject.org.uk/w/7086/penny-hallas-elevator/

Image: Elevator, 2nd floor: video duration 5 minutes

Materials from the Garden

tactileBOSCH, Capitol Centre, Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2HQ
10 – 30 Sept Wednesday to Saturday afternoons, 1-4pm.

In the midst of environmental, political and public health emergencies, Penny Hallas and Allen Fisher look to the garden, the allotment and the wider landscape for ways of thinking about their own place and the place of others in a world leaning towards disaster. Discomfort and anxiety are a part of it, but so are glimpses of paradise. Through drawing, installation, projection and performance they bring messages from the Garden to the commercial urban centre of Cardiff.

10 Sept 2-5pm – see the show and chat with Penny. 6-8pm – Opening event
25 Sept 2-5pm see the show and chat with Penny. 7-8pm -performance with poetry, projection, music: Allen Fisher, Lyndon Davies and Penny Hallas. Booking required for performance: DM @tactileBOSCH.
Thanks National Lottery and Arts Council of Wales and LACAS

Dr. Frances Woodley_response to Materials from the Garden
Steven Hitchins_response to Materials from the Garden

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Llangattock Allotments solar powered water system_Pinkerton

Deunyddiau o’r Ardd
Yng nghanol argyfyngau amgylcheddol, gwleidyddol ac iechyd cyhoeddus, mae Penny Hallas ac Allen Fisher yn edrych i’r ardd, y rhandir a’r dirwedd ehangach am ffyrdd o feddwl am eu lle personol a lleoliad pawb arall mewn byd sy’n pwyso tuag at drychineb. Mae anghysur a phryder yn cyfrannu iddo, ond hefyd yw’r cipolwg ar baradwys. Trwy luniadu, gorseddau, taflunio a pherfformiad maent yn dod â negeseuon o’r Ardd i ganolfan drefol fasnachol Caerdydd.

10 – 30 Medi  prynhawniau dydd Mercher i ddydd Sadwrn 1-4pm,
10 Medi 2-5pm – gweler y sioe a sgwrsio gyda Penny. 6-8pm – Digwyddiad agoriadol
25 Medi 2-5pm – gweler y sioe a sgwrsio gyda Penny. 7-8pm – perfformiad gyda barddoniaeth, tafluniad, cerddoriaeth. Allen Fisher, Lyndon Davies a Penny Hallas. Archebu ar gyfer perfformiad: DM @tactileBOSCH
Diolch National Lottery a Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru a LACAS

Oriel Lockdown

June 21 – Sept 5 2021
Canolfan y Celfyddydau / Aberystwyth Arts Centre celebrates the value that the arts have played during the pandemic.

Using material gathered in and around the Mynydd Llangattock caving system, Shelter in Place is a meditation on different forms of seclusion and retreat including recent Covid lockdown experiences, extended by personal ill health. Video 20mins.
Book ahead at https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/oriel-lockdown

Connectives

Aftermath series1-4

Whilst 4 drawings made it out of the country to be shown at the Kohtuus–Yhteys–Tasa-arvo exhibition,
Covid 19 and lockdown prevented planned artist visits and exchanges taking place. Thanks to Arts Council
Wales Stabilisation Fund, I was able to extend the opportunity by making companion pieces to the 4 Aftermath
drawings and connecting with Marja Bonada, (artist and co-curator of the exhibition). Creative digital
collaboration, exploration of the exhibition themes and sharing of mutual responses informed our respective artworks and practices.

For Marja’s work see  @marjabonada and read our blog for more details.

Lottery funding strip landscape colour