Rosanne Robertson is:
an artist working with action, environment, video, image, text and sound.
the Founder and Director of Manchester Artists Bonfire.
instigator and studio artist at The Penthouse- a new artist led indeterminate place for experimentation.
an experimental sound/music maker as a solo artist and also as part of band ILL
This is a place of miscellaneous nature and will act as an online collection of activity that surrounds my practice and occupies my days.
My main visual and live art website is www.rosannerobertson.com
Rosanne Robertson is:
Article by Lauren Velvick @laurenvelvick for Corridor 8 @corridor8
Review: Rosanne Robertson, Whisper Residency, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester.
“In a small, high ceilinged room at the Chinese Arts Centre, various tools and implements are aligned neatly on a table, whilst a loop pedal joins a shaver and a mysterious pile of hair on the floor. Rosanne Robertson is performing research into risk and gender, taking Yan Xing‘s solo exhibition that took place in 2012 as a starting point…”
Fire in the disco, action in the studio. Today is a day of feeling and taking the room by the horns.
- Artist: Rosanne Robertson
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Action and moving image. Yesterday and today I am mainly starting to relate the action of sound making to something that can be shown in the space rather than being performed. Like with looping- I would like the whole room and CAC to be looped. With some things that have happened and some things that are happening. I won’t post everything as it will take away from viewing and experiencing and listening on the night of the 8th.
Yan Xing said he doesn’t care about song in his work as such as he doesn’t focus on the material of his pieces. Last night I made a piece called ‘To Sing a Song’ and today I did a live work with a singing bowl. Why do I care about singing? Or why do I not- not care- about singing. For me singing isn’t just about singing- it holds a vulnerability - an opening up- it directly holds ideas related to risk.
A minute of sounds from the studio at Chinese Arts Centre today feat’ kitchen utensils, hair clippers, tools, rubber gloves and vocals.
The Joins (Detail) exhibited as part of Through- an exhibition of process art at Neo:Gallery, Bolton. Mid view event coinciding with Neo Open Studios this Saturday 4-6pm. I will carry out a live element to accompany the work bringing together sculptural, physical and performative relationships with improvisation.
News from The Penthouse!
We are very pleased to announce that The Penthouse have been successful in our proposal to Arts Council England for funding for ’From the Rooftops’. From the Rooftops is a series of artist residencies and related open studios/shows/events as well as a pair of live art events and a group show. This will also involve a revamp on how we communicate activity, including a new website and an experiment into communicating ‘hands dirty’ art via all the senses. Details and call for artists to follow so keep an eye out for updates via our facebook, twitter and tumblr. A big thanks to ACE for supporting this artist led activity. We can’t wait to get stuck in!
The wonderful Fred Aldous peeps from the studios Lauren Velvick and Elle Brotherhood came round to The Penthouse a short while ago to interview myself and co founder/director Debbie Sharp - and here it is http://www.fredaldous.co.uk/blog/uncategorized/chatting-to-the-penthouse/
I performed a live action and sound piece for Tubers at The Penthouse last night with a big metal sheet, contact mic’d voice box, clippers, circuit bent violin, cymbal, metal ball and bontempi.
Documentation by Debbie Sharp of my live work ‘Semi-Automatic’ at The Bluecoat for Emergency. Other art work featured is giant Felix the Cat as part of The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things- an exhibition curated by Mark Leckey. Emergency was presented by Word of Warning and featured an array of live works http://www.wordofwarning.org/current/2013-poolside/
I love our art space w/ @iamdebbiesharp . So much to come over the next year x
Looking forward to showing ‘The Joins’ for this group show at @neo_artists Some brilliant artists are involved showing process led works. The Joins is a sculptural work dependent on many aspects of process with decisions made instinctively and spontaneously leaving the intent, the process, the joins- bare. Bolton awaits you- 18 April-2 June. http://neoartists.co.uk/default.asp
Sat Apr 13
I will be performing ‘Semi-Automatic’ a durational piece connecting a subtle movement and an imposing sound.
Between 12noon-2pm at various locations around The Bluecoat.
Chamomile tea and violence in Suite 1 at The Penthouse with Slavoj Zizek and a serendipitous cup.