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Living Portrait expands the dimensions, shape and context of portraiture through the collaborative ventures of photographer Lynn Weddle and sound artist Anya Ustaszewski. This gentle subversive, exploration will arrive at five beguiling living breathtaking portraits of young carers embedded with the subtlest of sounds. To be premiered at Brighton Media Centre Gallery as part of Brighton Photo Fringe at the Media Centre Gallery from 14th to 19th October 2014.

The legacy of Living Portraits

7 November 2014

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Colin Hambrook gives an overview of the Living Portraits exhibition shown at the Brighton Media Centre from 14th-19th October 2014 as part of the Photo Fringe Festival. Dao has been supporting the Living Portraits blog since last March, giving visual artist Lynn Weddle and sound artist Anya Ustaszewski an opportunity to reflect on the project as it built towards the exhibition. What has been clear through the process has been the desire of the artists to work sensitively with their participants...

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The art of conversation

5 November 2014

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Sarah Pickthall reflects on working with Lynn and Anya as a mentor to the Living Portraits project The opportunity to work with artists as they collaborate is a must for me and to be asked into critical friendship with Lynn Weddle and Anya Ustaszewski felt particularly exciting. Both artists are about the business and bread and butter of working as facilitators and advocates with a diversity of clients, particularly young people and they do this with wisdom, dexterity and...

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Make your own Living Portrait

2 October 2014

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Lynn and Anya are inviting you to become part of our project by posing for your own Living portrait.  There are two ways you can be involved. Firstly is to come along to our ‘Experience the Process’ session on Sunday 12th October 1-3pm at Vantage Point (New England Road, Brighton, Brighton BN1 4GW), the BPF hub to meet the artists and pose for the moving image portrait and work with Anya to consider and collect sounds. You can also make your own Living Portrait at your...

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Funny Hearing – Polluting Sound...

24 September 2014

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So we’re very aware you haven’t heard much of the sound yet. So here goes, the silent partner Anya speaks.    I am so interested in what other people hear and the sounds that by some are deemed irrelevant. As someone who has very different sound filters, I hear pretty much everything that’s there to be heard. I am always intrigued by what other people’s brains are filtering out and in this instance what our young people are hearing when they take their set...

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Lynn interviews Emily about making the shot

15 September 2014

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What were you thinking in preparation for your portrait today? I was a bit nervous, as I didn’t know what would come out of it.  So I was practicing in the mirror to see if I noticed what I would be doing.  I noticed that I lick my lips quite a few times, itched my eyebrow and played with my hands a lot.  What was it like practicing in the mirror? How did it feel? I don’t know. I guess I got a bit more excited as I was nervous about doing it. So when I got a bit more...

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Projecting

2 September 2014

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We were delighted to be able to work for a day with Alex May - an artist who works with video projection, projection mapping, software programming, interaction, performance, and robotics to explore the boundaries between human perception and digital technologies. A perfect skills match for the new technical challenges presenting themselves. The key questions we had for Alex were which way up and how to ensure a seamless audience engagement that didn't foul up the artwork? Having decided our...

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The Chosen

27 July 2014

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‘How are you going to choose?  Will it be the best looking…..?’  Hayley, Young Carer in selection workshops Telling the young people they had been successfully selected felt brilliant. We were both surprised that they got back to us straight away. Why were they so enthusiastic we wondered?  In short, they were flattered having gone through selection process – that adeptly involved them, met their lives in a contemporary, playful,  playing on selfie...

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Healthy Selfish

27 June 2014

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Coming out of participatory mode is sort of healthy selfish.  We reckon we are so much more than participatory people and that making new artwork in this way will inform a more interesting way for us to be able to engage with subjects in the future. So with two lots of taster sessions delivered, it has felt mighty peculiar to stipulate that only five subjects will be chosen from our young pool of enthusiasts.  So that equates up  to ¾ of those young carers taking part...

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On whose terms?

27 May 2014

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We’re both exploring what it means for us to be artists to ultimately have and take the time, to be indulgent with all its implications. It continues to be really challenging for us both to break out of what we know and do best.  That’s not to say that we don’t know (and love) our respective practices. It is however a while since we’ve had our own showcase, exhibitions.  We’re both exploring what it means for us to be artists to ultimately have and take...

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Exploring the compromise between participatory work and Art

21 April 2014

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We are currently questioning what moving from a participatory to an artistic approach means for us as individuals? There is a real tension. As experts in participatory practice we are keen to ensure that we bring to the project good facilitation, comfort and safety: fine tuned skills developed over the years and something that really matters to us both. We've been trialing the process with ourselves and people we know and trust before we take it to our subject group, with interesting...

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Our ask about Art

27 March 2014

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Through our artistic collaboration  we wanted to give our participants a moment to be, to not do anything in particular, to be present and for us, not them, to make artwork informed by that. We were, with support, perfectly placed and supported to hone and press the right buttons and of course shape the project we really wanted to do.  Living Portraits is about art however, with the focus on the two of us making artwork,   exploring a moment in time for and with young...

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Living Portraiture

28 February 2014

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This blog is all about what happens when a photographer and a sound artist come together to make new artwork.  Driven to work collaboratively to find a new way of working in good company; a meeting of minds and a desire to take our respective practices to a new level together, beyond self contained practice of the artist working in solitude.  Moving away from a photo in a frame in a wall. Moving away from sound for the sake of sound. A sensory experience like no other....

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