Formations

how gestures make space

2016

Formations, a participatory project based on a circular walk around Peckham, exploiting strategies of repetition it explores drawing as a performative and temporal act. The project saw the participants covering a diverse range of the area, engaging in different activities through a system of rule-based instructions. The event took place over four weeks, facilitating participation and interaction with the local community.

Week 1 – Walking, drawing, looking & seeing

Week 2 – Walking conversations

Week 3 – Observation, repetition, enactment

Week 4 – Walking lines

Walking lines, the final performance saw the participants tied together with resistance bands walking along an agreed route. Negotiating inter-relational dynamics and surroundings, individual journeys shift and adapt to the group dynamics.

Open 16 – How gestures make space

Drawing outlines no 2: Where do I end and you begin?

2017

Drawing outlines no 2 – Where do I end and you begin? Posing this question right at the start of the perfomance Emanuele continues her exploration of inter-relational boundaries; three dancers are tasked to define their own outlines whilst moving; negotiating their individual space with space of the other, the dancers are confronted with the impossibility of never being able to complete the task.

Drawing outlines no 2 – Where do I end and you begin was presented as a Live Performace for Draw to Perform 4 at Fabrica Gallery in Brighton in March 2017 with the participation of dancers Natasha Hubert, Gina Jamieson, Callum Anderson

Images courtesy of Manja Williams at DTP

Photocopier & spinning tops

2002

A photocopier, spinning tops and A 4 paper are the materials for this installation. Ideas of balance and perpetual motion are expressed through repetition and accumulation. Repeatedly recording with a photocopier the fleeting movement of balance of a spinning top whilst it spins, indexical marks of the balancing movements. Photocopier & spinning tops invited the viewers to become active participants of the work making photocopies themselves. A playful interplay between differing modes of perception of the work: participation and conceptual understanding.

Emanuele has recently revisited this work and is currently in the process of producing an artist book with the drawings, offering permanence to a fleeting moment.

Acts of Presence

2.15 Traffic Island

2017

Part of the series Acts of Presence – 2.15 Traffic Island has been developed in collaboration with writer Alyson Hallett; it is part of a larger body of work that is ongoing. Based on a setup rule: two people acting as one, one can see, the other can hear; taking in what’s happening around in different locations around the city. Internal dialogues and perceptions of the surrounding overriding each other are recorded from memory in post production through a range of means.

 

WhiteNoise

2015

WhiteNoise is a collaborative residency and exhibition between Greig Burgoyne and Rossella Emanuele, held at the Centre for Recent Drawing (C4RD), in London. WhiteNoise bookwork, a consequent publication with interpretive and critical writings, published by Marmalade visual theory and is distributed by Central Books, extended the project concerns in the form of an artist book.

The project sought to explore through collaboration drawing in relation to performance, considering how the role of the body can expand our notion of what constitutes the structured space. In the form of markmaking, walking, combined with repetition, accumulation and endurance, the resulting installation and films aimed to debate how drawing can explore systems of making and thinking. Considering the energy in becoming brought into the space in the making of the work and those forces that exist already in and outside of the context and site together.

The project was funded by the Arts Council England (ACE) and the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).

WhiteNoise bookwork 

WhiteNoise bookwork texts

Yale University Radio interview 

Central Books

Sweeping actions no #1

2017

Framing as choreographic moments, the sweeping and walking actions of the cleaning and security staff inside the Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid – such an extraordinary space in an incongruous place –  Sweeping Actions no #1 juxtaposes the timeless gleaming white hallways and floors of the space with the slow, repetitive and uninspired movements of the working staff that seemingly aimlessly, walk back and forth across the building during opening hours. Defining their walks as lines in space, Emanuele channels these movements as if there was a stage they were rising on.

Sweeping Actions no #1 has been made after a residency at Yarat Contemporary Art Space in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2014; it has been included in A History of Drawing, an exhibition at Camberwell Space that charts the history of teaching and making of drawing at Camberwell College of Arts curated by Kelly Chorpening.

Drawing outlines no 1

2014

Drawing outlines plays with an impossibility. Two dancers are tasked to define their own physical boundaries when in movement; continuously redrawing their own outline whilst negotiating their space with the other. The notion of shifting boundaries is an on-going concern in Emanuele practice that she explores through physical and material circumstance.

Drawing outlines was realized for ACTS REACTS 2014, a festival of performance across theatre and fine art at Wimbledon Space, with the participation of dancers Lauren Bridle and Davin King from The People Pile.

Acts Re-acts 1 Exhibition

Drawing outlines no 3

Looking for myself

2016

Looking for myself is part of the Drawing outlines series. A recurrent concern in Emanuele’s practice lies in how the body continues beyond its physical boundaries into the space, which implicates a spatial and a social context; an investigation that she undertakes with varied approaches across a range of medium.

Graphics traces

2014

Graphics Traces is a site specific performance and installation that examines the relationship between drawing and dance: from the live to the mediated act, from the screen to the dancer in the space, from the dancer movement to the drawn mark. ‘Via a performance incorporating live dance, drawing, sound and video projections, Emanuele’s performance explored dance as a form of notation, tasking a dancer with creating certain formation and pattern of marks by the end of the performance and seeing how this affected the dance and gestures that then occurred’ (review by Sarah McLean)

Graphics Traces was realized for acts reacts 2014, a festival of performance across theatre and fine art at Wimbledon Space with the participation of dancer Lauren Bridle from The People Pile.

Acts Re-acts 1 Exhibition 

Breaking down the line

Sketchbook Series 1 to 100: page 4, 11, 43, 37, 12, 3…

2016

Translating choreographic movements into paper constructions, temporarily balanced, Sketchbook series 1 to 100 animates the blank pages of a sketchbook as fleeting momentary sculptures of a dancer’s movements. A sort of taxonomy of a series of gesture, a rhetoric of movements, which becomes a series of stills of the same action: folding paper.

Immateriality: Possibilities and Experiences Exhibition