Free artist-led courses this weekend at Cambridge Junction

PUBLISHED: 14:16 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:16 14 February 2013

Luuk Schroder: Invisibility

Luuk Schroder: Invisibility


JUNCTION University is a new initiative of Cambridge Junction, offering short artist-led courses, workshops and experiences for the public exploring the intersection of art and life.

There’s a wide variety of unusual courses across a broad range of topics, all offered FREE!

The first three Junction University events take place on Saturday (February 16):

• Luuk Schroder: Invisibility

Venue: Cambridge Junction (J3) / The Fitzwilliam Museum

Time: 10am

Price: FREE

Invisibility in art, or the disappearing of art into everyday life, has historically often been employed in order to create a political, artistic or cultural freedom where there was none or very little. The workshop aims to create a common understanding of invisibility for a specific moment in time.

This workshop will look at the conditions of invisibility in contemporary art. The day will start at Cambridge Junction for discussion around how invisibility has been used by artists in the recent past. In the afternoon we will look at ways to bring this invisibility into practice, creating an invisible exhibition in The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

• Anna Robinson: Stories From The Archive

Venue: Cambridgeshire Archives

Time: 10am

Price: FREE

From drainage records to parish workhouse accounts to post office directories the information contained in archives can fuel the imagination and provide not just a glimpse but a language for the past.

Participants will work with a variety of records found at Cambridgeshire Archives in the morning, in the afternoon participants will create poetry or short pieces of prose spun from the language and content of the records.

Anna Robinson is an experienced poet, editor and creative writing tutor.

Bad Timing presents MrUnderwood: Sonic Graffiti and Active Listening

Venue: Cambridge Junction

Time: 2pm

Price: FREE

MrUnderwood is a musician, sound artist and instrument designer. He has a child-like fascination with sound, often being distracted from what he should be concentrating on by the rattle of a grate or the squeak of a shoe.

For the last few years MrUnderwood has been exploring a process called Sonic Graffiti, installing homemade sound modules into the built environment. These units can either create and play back recordings, re-route existing ambient sound, or emit their own self-generated noise, and are operated by anyone who chances upon them.

This workshop introduces the Sonic Graffiti project, including an opportunity to experience a couple of pieces / interfaces, showing how it is inspired by the sounds already present in a place and discussing the idea of Active Listening – the act of listening to and appreciating the sounds we are surrounded by. In a simple hands-on session we will build a variety of microphones. Then we head out for the Sonic Stroll – a walk putting Active Listening into practice, using our various microphones to “sniff” and enhance sounds.

Presented by Bad Timing: producing underground and experimental music events in Cambridge and obsessed with DIY invention, sound, and the city.

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