AV Festival 2016: Meanwhile, what about Socialism?
ARTIST TALK: BIANCA BALDI
This artist talk is staged at Seaton Delaval Hall, evoking the hospitality and flamboyance of the site. Bianca Baldi will present the warm spicy notes of Old Spice fragrance as a means to introduce her research to date, which looks into the local industrial histories of coal, soap and fragrance.
“Top notes are nutmeg, lemon, orange, star anise and aldehydes; middle notes are carnation, jasmine, geranium, cinnamon, heliotrope and pimento; base notes are ambergris, benzoin, cedar, vanilla, tonka bean and musk.”
In 2015, whilst on residency, Baldi began researching the Vanbrugh-designed Seaton Delaval Hall in South East Northumberland. Drawn to the history of the Delaval family and their extravagant lifestyle, Baldi’s research focuses on this building constructed on the geographic benefits of coal, which fueled the industrial development of the area.
Bianca Baldi’s video installations reveal over-looked narrative strands and the hidden structures of power. By focusing on specific cultural or sociological artefacts, in Baldi’s work historical plots reveal complex webs of political, economic and cultural influence. She charts this network of connections like a cartographer, revealing lost narratives and unknown territories.
Bianca Baldi was a Hospitalfield and Royal Over-Seas League Visual Art Scholar for 2015, selected by AV Festival. Her initial residency took place in September 2015 alongside artists Dineo Seshee Bopape, selected by Collective, Edinburgh and Tamara Henderson, selected by Glasgow International.
Baldi continues her research with AV Festival throughout 2016 supported by Northumberland County Council, working towards a new commission for AV Festival 2018.
FREE, booking recommended
Coach from Newcastle £5, reserve a place here:
The coach will depart from Bewick St opposite Central Station at 15:30.
Supported by Hospitalfield, Royal Over-Seas League and Northumberland Country Council.
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