Artist In Residence
Speaking: Out-of-Place, Out-of-Body, Un-silenced
For her residency at Cardiff Contemporary Maia Conran will make artwork of images and voices that are out-of-place, out-of-body, speaking out or silenced. She examines what happens as images and voices drift from contexts.
Did you know that you can donate your voice to a voice bank that then lends it onwards to someone who is “mute” and had no voice before yours? Is that new voice now truly theirs? And what does this mean, more generally, for how we build place, narrative and identity? Through this project Maia examines what happens as images and voices drift from their original contexts.
Working in her studio in Castle Arcade, Maia will explore these themes, with her partial screenplay: 'This island, and its buildings, is our private paradise as a jumping-off point'.
To assist, Maia has invited The Disembodied Voice group and The Unbook Prize for aligned research, performance and presentations during her residency.
Maia Conran was born in North Wales and currently lives in London. She works primarily in installation, moving image and performance. Internet politics, voice and ideas around ownership and privacy are central interests of her practice. She has been awarded solo exhibitions at Kingsgate Workshops, London; Grand Union, Birmingham; IMT Gallery, London; Phoenix Gallery, Exeter; G39, Cardiff and Skelf Site, online. Her work has also been selected for international group exhibitions, screenings and residencies. Her film Term was published on DVD by Filmarmalade in 2012 and her work is the subject of a monograph entitled Here is the Yard published by Grand Union in 2014. She is a Lecturer at Wimbledon College of Arts and a member of the Disembodied Voice research group.
The Disembodied Voice is a collaborative research project which sets out to investigate the relationship between the disembodied voice and contemporary visual culture. The group includes Maia Conran, Patrick Coyle, Karen Di Franco and Kihlberg & Henry. Collaborative exhibitions include: Man Made Structures and The Disembodied Voice at X Marks the Bökship, London in 2015 and Footnotes to a Long Distance Telephone Call at Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London.