Rosanne Robertson is:
An artist working with action, environment, video, image, text and sound.
An experimental sound/music maker.
Director and lead artist at The Penthouse- an artist led indeterminate place for experimentation.
Founder and Director of Manchester Artists Bonfire.
A member of band ILL
This is a place of miscellaneous nature and will act as an accompaniment to my live work and the activity that surrounds my practice .
My portfolio site is at www.rosannerobertson.com
Rosanne Robertson is:
Debbie Sharp @iamdebbiesharp and I have been commissioned by The Exhibition Centre for the Use and Abuse of Books to make a film in response to 70’s zine Wordworks 7 …
Corridor / Wordworks Film commission.
The Penthouse, along with the following wonderful artists and groups, have been commissioned by The Exhibition Centre for the Life & Use of Books to make a film response to a Wordworks zine. We chose Wordworks 7 shown above in green and black.
Bristol Diving School
Rosanne Robertson & Debbie Sharp
Screening at The Anthony Burgess Center
Thursday 4th September
SCREENINGS FROM 6.30pm
"To coincide with the closing of The Exhibition Centre for the Use and Abuse of Books we will be screening commissioned responses by seven artists and collectives to the ‘Corridor’ and ‘Wordworks’ ‘zines published by Michael Butterworth, which preceded his current publishing project, Corridor8, by more than thirty years.
Corridor began as a series of 7 ‘zines edited and published by Butterworth between 1971 and 1976 featuring innovative and experimental art and writing prior to the launch of Savoy Books.
Launched in 2009, Corridor8 takes the form of a Contemporary Art and Writing Journal. Currently accessible online, it is in the planning stages for a fourth printed instalment.
Corridor, Episodes 1 - 7 will be screened online via www.lifeanduseofbooks.org at intervals throughout September.”
Our film references questioning around the use of erotica and the contention caused by the use of a certain form of erotica by Corridor/Wordworks/Savoy artists. We have substituted the fantastical for the actual- the component parts boiled down- the vagina and the black ink outside of the page and at the hands of the woman who owns it- not the men who imagined it as part of their ‘weird and wonderful’ worlds.
I have work in this exhibition:
A Third Face
Preview- Thursday 18th September 6-9pm
Exhibition continues Friday 19th- Sunday 21st September 1-7pm.
A Third Face is an exhibition of drawings and paintings by artists/musicians Rosanne Robertson, Kate Armitage and Joincey. The exhibition will span the corridor project space of artist led space The Penthouse. The exhibition contains long standing and recent relationships with impulsive mark making and a combined interest in repetition, accident and abstract forms.
I mean I think I enjoy painting them but they are gross to me- they are my smallest inside grossest feelings- like bits of things inside of things, things feeling too big, suppression- in sort of sunshiney colours.
Take a period of time and decide what is relevant during that time- a day or longer- but mainly a day for me as I lose the energy or feeling and never feel the same again. Like if I perform- everything that day comes in to play and has to tick. Today because I knew I was going to paint everything looked and sounded different- some things were glaring at me and some things weren’t.
My heart feels burst open and it feels like there are a million too many connections from there to my brain.
I enjoy drawing abstract forms instinctively and impulsively. I prize chance over direct intention. I believe in the unspoiled power of raw art.
sporadically I will attempt to entirely empty out black biros (always BIC) by the process of drawing black rectangles onto pieces of paper. I invariably seek to retain any successfully spent pens but at this time I count only eight in the drawer.
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Something Like Now
Crusader Mill, 68-72 Chapeltown Street, Manchester. (Same building as Rogue Studios)
12 Jul- 8 Aug with preview on 11 Jul (w/ my live performance).
I am in an exhibition with these fine fellows:
Franklyn Aston Wilkinson, Hannah Brown, Charlotte Calland, Nina Chua, Peter Daviz, Fiona Donald, Tiago Duarte, Mary Griffiths, Marielle Hehir,
Ilona Kiss, Jo McGonigal, Kathryn Miller, Magnus Quaife,
Rosanne Robertson, Jason Simpson.
Something Like Now is the inaugural exhibition in cardroom a new gallery that is moving in to the space in Crusader Mill previously occupied by Malgras|Naudet. Two curatorial committees run the space, each curating separate programmes from the same venue for a maximum of two years. For the first exhibition the members of each committee have been asked to invite an artist/curator to show work alongside them. Some obliged, some refused, some bent the rules. The exhibition has no further curatorial remit but instead functions to introduce the space and its committees to a wider community of artists. We thought about calling it something like “introducing” or “us” but nothing seemed to quite project the spirit we had hoped for. So in the end we settled so for
“Something Like Now”
Thanks to Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for this video of my performance for MiMa at Roodkapje Rot(t)terdam . Loved the event, loved Roodkapje, loved Rotterdam!
May- Jun Performances:
May tour with Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides and 2 Koi Karp
28.05.14 Les Instants Chavirés, Paris
29.05.14 Nest, Brussels
30.05.14 MiMa #24- Roodkapje, Rotterdam
1.06.14 Racket- Stryx, Birmingham
New travel size massager for Europe dates and Supersonic Festival ( @supersonicfest ). Compact but heavy on the noise and complete with wistfully expressive illustrated model in leaflet. Europe gigs are 27 May- Les Instants Chavirés (Paris), 29 May- Nest (Brussles) and 30 May- Extrapool (Rotterdam) with Part Wild Horse’s Mane on Both Sides and 2Koi Karp. 1 Jun- Supersonic Festival performance at Stryx (Birmingham) w/ Debbie Sharp, Graham Dunning, Manoli Moriaty and David Birchall among others.
Les Instant Chavires Manchester special!
Supersonic Festival event.
Noise Above Noise 4
For the fourth Noise Above Noise we welcome Colin Webster & Graham Dunning who are currently on a tour which started at Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich. I first saw their saxophone and turntable/dubplates/walkmans/percussion duo at Graham’s live/work space in Dalston and I was hooked on the effective minimalism and simple mechanical noises as well as the handling of a turntable as an infinite source of tinkering sound making. This work opened my ears to leaving more room between sounds and allowing quietness as well as taking time over handling the objects or instruments used. I really look forward to seeing how their work together has progressed since I saw them- they have been very busy by the looks of it - having produced 2 albums and played a whole range of gigs. You can hear their first album here http://linearobsessional.bandcamp.com/album/estigate and you can buy both in physical form at Noise Above Noise.
We also welcome for the first time- Yeah Yeah Industrial- a new project by prolific electronic improvisers Ian Simpson (Noise Research) and Shaun Blezard (Hugs Bison). Ian Simpson was the first sound artist I was introduced to when I was part of my first collective/first made a sound- with WOMB. He was ultra supportive of our whole project and generally there to ask about all things sound. Both Shaun and Ian were part of the first sound event I curated- Attributed Sound- which was a project in which 10 artists responded to a visual artwork with their own sound interpretations which resulted in a download album and live event. I remember first hearing Ian Simpson in a duo called Fonik when I put them on at Islington Mill and having to lie down on the floor with the sound engineer- I’m always transported by his sounds. I look forward to hearing what YYI has in store for us.
Sophie Cooper will be returning after first playing a set at The Penthouse for a Tubers event last year. Sophie Cooper band was the highlight of the night for me- an insight into capabilities of the voice in experimental music- I was quite transfixed by her music and look forward to hearing more.
I am very happy to also have Kev Rolfe of Box Bedroom Rebels doing a DJ set - he will be playing some of his favourite experimental sounds- many of which he has been educating me about for the last couple of months during our studio meetups and conspiring. Kev’s enthusiasm for non traditional music, outsider artists and sound art is infectious and I’m very happy to have him part of Noise Above Noise.
And finally- me!
I will be producing a new work with some newly found metal which I am very excited about- I really like good metal! I am torn between a very minimal set up or reconstructing a new installation. I have been working with visual scores recently and building distinct groups and blocks of sound with little thought to musicality. I always decide what to do in the studio by being in the space in the week leading up to the event- so I will decide then what to use and how to use the space.
Constant Sleepless Night.
15- 17 May 7-11pm
15 May 7-11pm Special NQ After Dark Live Launch with sound and performance.
An evening exhibition and live soundtrack by artists Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp for Manchester After Hours/Northern Quarter After Dark- as part of Museums at Night: Culture24’s annual after-hours festival of arts, culture and heritage when hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites open their doors for special evening events.
As the night rolls on Manchester After Hours becomes Northern Quarter After Dark. NQ After Dark is the city’s most creative quarter’s offering- in the form of a night time cultural mash-up. See the Creative Tourist full guide here http://www.creativetourist.com/articles/festivals-and-events/manchester/manchester-after-hours-full-event-listings/
Constant Sleepless Night opens on Thursday 15th May- the start of the festival- with a special live launch event including live sound making and performance as one of the many parts of this exploratory and responsive night time exhibition.
Please note sunset on 15 May is around 8.40pm.
An exhibition in and of the dark.
A curious sound.
This two person show by artists- and directors of The Penthouse - Rosanne Robertson and Debbie Sharp takes hold of all the senses harnessing the heightened awareness of maneuvering darkness. Taking the unique situation of this top floor city centre studio and project space Robertson and Sharp will use the city at night to site responsively influence works using image, light and sound. As the night wares on the city changes and so the unique rooftop view changes and so the exhibition changes.
Debbie Sharp is an artist working with installation, image, text and live performance.
"Static Memory II, shows the artist partly surrounded by a wire mesh structure, sitting at a dimly lit desk and intoning a repetitive text that, combined with radio static and electronic effects, forms claustrophobic layers. Metal plaque making crops up in Sharp’s work over the years; she records and loops the sounds of tools on metal as she beats out the words she’s reciting. In the further enclosed space of the corridor, the effect is both intimate and sinister."- The Wire
Rosanne Robertson is an artist working with action, objects and sound with both live and installed works.
"For me Rosanne’s very much a ‘doodlebug’, that is to say, a provocateur who tirelessly works across all platforms, creating work by any medium necessary and who works beneath the skin," Doodlebug, Dazed and Confused.
An artist led work and project space with “an emphasis on the divergent” (The Skinny). Home to artists Rosanne Robertson, Debbie Sharp, many of their collaborators and Noise Above Noise- a sound art event which “elevates Manchester’s sonic underground to the fifth floor of a tower block” (The Wire).
Suitable for any age. Families welcome.
Admission: Suggested Donation £3
Access: 3 steps on ground floor of building, lift access, wheelchair access, wheelchair accessible bathroom.
Still from new a/v piece Do Not Hesitate to Touched
Video of Semi Automatic + Glove (Live) at Noise Above Noise 3, The Penthouse filmed by Sergio Volumen. (Excerpt, full performance 28mins).