Pick of the Week 2013

Guest Editor Profile: Rebecca Weeks

Image: Rebecca Weeks introducing an Alias/AIR event at CAZ

Every month we invite a guest editor to select our Pick of the Week feature. The activities, listed in our events pages, cover exhibitions and previews, tours, artist talks, workshops, publication launches, open studios, and more, from across the region. We're delighted to welcome artist and co-director at Cornwall Autonomous Zone, Rebecca Weeks as our first guest editor this May.

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Rebecca Weeks is a co-founder and co-director at Cornwall Autonomous Zone, an independent artist led space/project based in Penzance. She is also an internationally active performance artist working independently and collaboratively as Weeks & Whitford.

CAZ is a not for profit artist led space/project/network based in Penzance. Founded in 2010 by Rebecca, Andy Whall and Ian Whitford CAZ has quickly established a reputation for delivering projects which address artists needs, engage with new audiences by working with and through local communities, and for advocating on behalf of artist led practice. CAZ is committed to providing regional artists and their national/international peers access to a creative hub offering opportunities to exhibit, dialogue, collaborate, network and to engage critically. At its heart is the notion of working pragmatically with the reality of how artists grow and sustain their work.

Image: Rebecca Weeks performing as Weeks and Whitford at Venice International Performance Art Week, Dec 2012. Image credit: Monika Sobczak.

In her individual practice Rebecca works with performance and writing. She is often focused on making that which is marginalised apparent by re-appropriating language and/or imagery garnered from diverse sources ranging from instruction manuals to arcane occult manuscripts. She creates new subjectivites across a spectrum of issues and narratives ranging from the sacred to the profane. Her approach involves the re-representation of the prosaic, re-rememberings of lost knowledge, and the offering of alternative feminist potentialities or realities, often in public space.

Rebecca also performs with Ian Whitford as Weeks & Whitford. The duo began to work together in 2010 in order to directly address the boundaries between life and art and to allow themselves to be vulnerable, to fail, to not offer answers, and to achieve a disintegration within performance. Weeks and Whitford have utilised low and high cultural forms, images and significations, borrowing from diverse figures such as the stand up comedian, the clown, the tour guide, the pin up, and the stripper. Influenced by literature, visual art, philosophy, performance, horror, porn and punk, they blur the boundaries of performance art and common culture. Their work touches upon issues of class, gender, sexuality and outsider identity.

Rebecca enjoys the allowance within performance for disorder, for provocation, for risk, for fun and for encounter with others and this has served as a useful and increasingly necessary balance to the strategic, considered and sustained work required to develop CAZ.

Biography
Rebecca was born in 1979 in London. She is currently based in Penzance. She graduated with a 2:1 from BA Fine Art at UWE in 2002. She graduated with a first from MA in Arts And Cultural Management at Dartington College of Arts in 2005. Rebecca co founded the independent artist led space/project Cornwall Autonomous Zone in 2010 and currently works at CAZ as a co – director and project manager. Rebecca is an internationally active performance artist working independently and collaboratively with Ian Whitford as ‘Weeks & Whitford’. Recent highlights have included performing at Venice International Performance Art Week, December 2012 and subsequently being interviewed by Karlyn de Jongh for Global Art Affairs. Weeks & Whitford are currently exhibiting as part of the group show The lying on the floor, abandoned to lie at MAERZ-Galerie, Linz, Austria curated by Boris Nieslony and Sybille Ettinger and preparing to perform at ‘Month Of Performance Art Berlin’, May 2013 and at  ‘Dimanche Rouge’, in Paris in July and Estonia and Finland in October 2013.

What's On

Free art classes for over 50s

SPACE, 6 West Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0BH

Sunday 06 December 0217 – Wednesday 28 March 2018

Radical Clay: Teaching with the greatest potters of the 1960s

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL

Saturday 22 July 2017 – Sunday 10 June 2018

Sculpture Class at Bath Artists' Studios

Bath Artists' Studios, The Old Malthouse, Comfortable Place, Upper Bristol Road, Bath, BA1 3AJ

Thursday 07 September 2017 – Thursday 14 December 2017

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