CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #23: Sarah Wishart

Sarah Wishart is a film maker, writer, and artist based in Glasgow’s Southside. They have a PhD in how the documentation of live art includes the memories of audiences. Collaborative practice is a key component in much of their work.

"My project, 'How Everything Turns', is inspired by the concept of the Temporary Autonomous Zone. This idea is at the heart of an exhibition I am preparing for Sluice Vernacular 2024, which aims to create a space for communal engagement, slow thinking, and deep absorption.  The project aims to extend my wallpaper text artwork, '5 metres of direction', derived from Virginia Woolf’s diaries, into an animated film. The 25-minute slow-reveal film gives viewers the time to sit with the ideas presented. 

I have historically used the idea of the archive as a prompt to consider how processes and practices of encouragement help us to make work to get over anxiety, depression or trauma. This project therefore aims to turn my previous archival engagement into a tangible space where visitors can listen, watch, and play together. The directions from the film will be available as a card game to play in the space. There will also be an audio event in the form of a podcast I was commissioned to make during the pandemic - using the archive as a means to break out of being stuck."

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