Halting Implosion

Barker, Garry ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1686-3738 and Oben, Tiff (2023) Halting Implosion. [Artefact]


The output is a set of 50 cards created by Barker and Oben in response to a Frances Woodley’s collaborative project ‘At Cross Purposes (2021-23)’. Research Process: Barker and Oben corresponded both visually and in poetic text over two years, their ideas bouncing back and forth as they each created 25 printed cards with an image on their face and text on their reverse. The research was conducted via email and post, which were used as communication systems that allowed for both textual interchange and visual juxtaposition. Research Insights: The nature of collaboration as a vehicle for sustained invention and the development of insights into other people’s motivation and conceptual frameworks was understood far deeper than previously. Both artists had previously worked in collaboration with other people, but neither had examined the actual process of collaboration with the depth and sustained processes of joint thinking that this project allowed. Dissemination: The texts and images of the cards, as well as the processes that lay behind their evolution were used as a focus for a book section authored by Barker and Oben in ‘At Cross Purposes ‘, which was published in 2023 by Aberystwyth University School of Art. The cards as well as framed prints of them formed part of a group exhibition, ‘At Cross Purposes‘ which will tour several galleries: Aberystwyth University School of Art Museum and Galleries, 14 February - 21 April 2023; Oriel Môn, Llangefni, Anglesey - 29 April to 11 June 2023; Queen Street Studios Gallery, Belfast, - 7 to 28 September 2023; Elysium Gallery Swansea - November 7 to December 23 2023.

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