Sycronising in Preston
What’s art for? Pushing boundaries and bringing minds and bodies together. It’s so we can share ideas, create, explore, and most importantly it’s so we can question. Question what? Anything and everything. Recently I’ve been going to a little place in Preston, a space to magnetises these qualities, It’s call The Beautiful Planet. The names enough to capture me. And how do we live in a beautiful planet? “With eyes and hearts and questions and quests to find and explore and search and breath and be and see and be still surrounded by synchronistical beings and musical vibrations.”(And that’s not the hemp talking) I bet your wanting some of what I’m on right now so I’m going to give it to you…
Every week on a Sunday at 5:15pm is Hemp Redemption, organised by Katie Ryan, Alexander O’Hara and Sean Zaniboni, who are humble, peaceful, harmonious, vibrant musicians who are apart of the band Mobius Loop. One week I remember they had a film night in the basement with documentaries exploring the history of the Hemp seed, it’s so great to find a place things like this happen, (For free too!) The people who work there volunteer, the place is non for profit and has recently been renovated into a sanctuary where every being is welcome. Your inside and the music spreads outside onto the street, it’s infectious. One time I remember sitting in the garden with everyone even non musicians playing something, anything! And a huge drum was being played on the concrete under our feet and I swear it must have shook through the whole city of preston.. Going to hemp redemption lead me to being involved in an exhibition on National Woman’s day, curated by Katie Ryan and Alexander O’hara.
Yin, the exhibition celebrating female artists, held at Korova arts café in Preston, is singularly the most significant exhibition iv ever been apart of. Sat there surrounded by people in this strange place, that felt like home, I witnessed a whole night of music and art from passionate raw women, and supportive men. A performance piece by Claire Doyle and Danielle Kyle struck me to tears. The room silenced as these two ladies stood in front of a full room removed their clothes and each other’s makeup. I felt as though I was in another time and space where we accepted each other, embraced each other, and encouraged each other. I’d love to try performance art in the future, it’s an extremely powerful tool to engage with your audience.
“Our aim for the performance was to remove the sexualisation and objectification of the female naked body through human contact and connection.” Danielle Kyle.
“The body asks the audience not to sexualise or objectify, and instead, connect with human contact – a hug.” Claire Doyle. And yes quite literally the bodies spoke to us (through perminant marker) and told us we were invited to hug them, thank you everyone and to Elliot Bennett for capturing this image, this moment, this feeling, this expression, this message.