The Story of Gelert || How to make a tent

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Initially the group began with the idea of Welsh folk stories, which we were interested in because of the way that they are communicated. These stories were only passed by word of mouth, and have only been recorded in modern times.


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Buying fabric, and constructing the tent in Gallery 1, Arnolfini


The group explored these stories, becoming attached to ‘The story of Gelert’ and the Welsh language, mainly its translation and mistranslation into English and other languages. This lead us to explore translation, which became the centre of the project.

The group wanted to create a den or tent like space to present the story, as we felt that this was the perfect storytelling environment.

After we had decided on creating a tent space, we were given found footage of a family putting up a tent. This coincidence re-affirmed our tent concept, and became a really important part of the work.


The story of Gelert continues to be an integral part of the work and its creation.


rifeWhen: Wed 18th of June 2014

Time: 5:45pm – 8pm

Where: Watershed – 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, BS1 5TX Bristol, United Kingdom


Since February I’ve been part of Talent Lab, a Bristol-based group of 23 creatives formed by the collaboration of Watershed and award-winning creative agency, Latimer. We were commissioned by Bristol Youth Links in partnership with Bristol City Council to shape an online platform for Bristol’s youth with an eagerness to create content for the youth by the youth. Thankfully this meant goodbye to all things stereotypically appeasing to us, the youth, like the horrid cliché that was the Go Places Do Things graffiti font. Bless their souls, they kind of tried.

Bristol Talent Lab

So where did we go from there? Rife, baby. Well, a nameless Rife magazine. We knew exactly what we wanted but it took much longer to finally figure out a name. How does ‘rife’ feel on your tongue? Kind of funny? It takes a few attempts getting used to it but it’s a grower. After months of hard work building up content by the core Rife team, as a digital phoenix our baby has risen out of the cliché ashes with some stories going viral and over 10,000 unique site views in less than a month …and we are not even officially launched yet!

With just over 24 hours to go before the Rife Live Launch excitement and anxiety seems to have dangerously merged.

But that’s not stopping us because Rife is yours – all you bloggers, vloggers, photographers, writers, budding journalists, aspiring editors, ranters, reviewers, tweeters, Facebook fanatics, Tumblr scrollers, filmmakers, comedians, storytellers, cartoonists, graphic designers or simply good at generating good ideas. With so much to offer on the night; from making your own gifs, telling us what Grinds Your Gears, pitching ideas for Rife to our team, networking with industry professionals (LatimerClockwise Media amongst others) and listening to acclaimed creator of The Hip Hop Shakespeare CompanyAkala; all we ask is that you RSVP to to confirm your place*.

AND if that’s still not exciting enough, through getting involved you can get media training, mentoring, access to equipment, industry links and profile. So even if you can’t make the 18th Rife magazine still wants you! Check out to find out how you can still get involved.

I hope I’ll be seeing you there – look out for the girl with the R-shaped earrings!


*doors open at 5:45 to those who have RSVP’d and by 5:50/55pm any unclaimed RSVP’d spaces are then opened up to the public with a first come first serve system.

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Sunday Roundup

Bristol, Inspirational, Literature, Performace, Performance art, Photography, Poetry, Reflection, Roundup, Workshop


Found this really interesting article on whether a Private View is really necessary for an exhibition. What do you think?

Emma Blake Morsi

Had an amazing opportunity yesterday being the Storify editor for the Inspire Bristol 2013 Awards which was nothing short of inspirational, as you can imagine. As a result I have a couple things for you to check out:

Firstly – the Inspire Bristol 2013 Storify page

ii) keep an eye out for #Inspire13 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for any exciting updates, including peoples posts on their photos from the photo booth!

iii) why not check out my blog post on my perspective of the event as the Storify editor. After all, we both know you want to..

Enjoy and inspire!

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‘Curating Performance’ workshop at the Arnolfini

Bristol, Performace, Performance art, Theatre, Video, Workshop

Thursday 12th – Friday 13th September 2013

This two-day workshop on curating performance at the Arnolfini comprised of lectures and artists’ talks considering themes such as the relationship between social spaces, aesthetic experience and the audience, as well as similarities between curator and dramaturge. The opportunities and limitations associated with contextualising time-conscious work and live art were also considered. Additionally, notions of staging, movement, image and body were pertinent tropes throughout.

Jamie Eastman, the Arnolfini’s curator of performance, introduced the workshop and set the scene by asking the burning and complex question of what is a curator. He suggested a curator was a mediator of live moments, someone who is concerned with the production and presentation of narratives, and whose role links to theatre. Another memorable moment from the introduction was Eastman’s suggestion that the context for live performances is highly important as each event is made up of narratives told in social spaces.

Anja Dorn, a curator and guest professor for curatorial theory and dramaturgy at the University of Design Karlsruhe, began the first session with her workshop entitled ‘Curating the Audience’. She offered the notion that the increasing numbers of performance programmes were largely due to consumer culture and attempts to engage with, and even be dictated by, a wider consumer audience. Due to this, performance art takes place in what is called social spaces. (This breakdown of boundaries between art and the public dates back to the 1960s where de-bordering art was taken into new accessible places). From this observation, Dorn was keen for us to discuss how far these social spaces enable aesthetic experience and what implications this powerful consumer culture has for curatorial decisions. 


Bristol, Literature, Performace, Performance, Roundup, Theatre

A roundup of our reactions to Guilty Party’s Conviction, the one act play presented by Made in Bristol. Based on real life events, four young convicts escape from prison and take refuge in a small English town by the sea.

Drawing with the body

Drawing, Performace, Video

Today I am quite sore. My muscles ache and I’ve been tired all day. The reason for this is a workshop I had yesterday at my foundation art course. The title of this workshop was “Drawing with the body” and it was all I knew about it before I turned up. I was half expecting to do some sort of relaxed hand painting like what I used to do in reception but no, I found myself sliding across the floor like Tony Orrico leaving a trail of graphite.

Here is a video of Tony Orrico in action, sadly I have no footage of myself doing this, but I will show a video later of some of the people in my class doing work inspired by Tony Orrico.

Watching this video I can imagine that your first reaction was to laugh. The video of him sliding along the floor is humorous until you try this for yourself. I have so much respect for this guy because he did this repeated action for 90 minutes pushing his body to the limits. I replicated this for about 5 – 7 minutes and I was done in! The sliding across the floor I admit is pretty fun, but making your way back to the wall is excruciating after about 10 slides. The graphite makes the paper all slippy and you use all your might to move about 1 foot back to your original position; it starts to seriously crush your spirit! You should definitely take a look at Tony Orrico’s Website he does some incredible work. The only thing that I don’t quite like about his work is how serious he looks all the time, but that’s minor.

Here is a short video of some of the stuff we did.

you can probably hear music in the background, that would be by Little Dragon.

We had an interesting discussion about weather the performance is essential to the work or weather it can stand alone as a drawing. Personally I feel the some of Tony Orrico’s work has such a beautiful outcome that it can be a standalone drawing, but knowing the effort and thought that went into making the images adds an extra dimension to the work. Tony Orrico creates his work in front of a live audience and always takes what he does very seriously, this harks back to art performances from Yives Klien and the “Happenings” that he put on. Klien would also take what he did quite seriously but unlike Orrico, Klien’s work always had an edge of humor or seduction or the down right absurd.

Anyway, I don’t want to go on for too long so I’ll end it here and maybe come back to the subject another time. It’s up to you to decide weather you think the performance is needed or not but it’s an interesting thing to think about weather the work would hold the same weight if it wasn’t performed.

Thanks for reading and hopefully you enjoyed the video of our work.

Charlie C-T

if the videos didn’t load, here are the links. Tony Orrico-  My Video- Yives Klien-