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Do Women Give Themselves Space To Reach The Top?

23 Jun

Equal PayThis question keeps popping into my head recently. I’ve been reading a lot about what women need to succeed and how we’re STILL massively underpaid for doing the same jobs as men. Have you heard the statistic, the one that goes, “women work from October 30th til the end of the year for free” – that’s how big the difference still is (and that is SHOCKING). Continue reading


Live Art Meets at Exeter Phoenix

22 May

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Hello and welcome to LIVE ART MEETS… the only platform in Exeter to share, perform and discover LIVE ART.

It’s at Exeter Phoenix on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Follow @shinyshoeclaire (that’s me!) and @exeter_phoenix for updates too.

9:02pm It has begun! Follow the hashtag #LiveArtMeets for updates too.

9:06pm First wooo from the audience, can you gues what that was about?

9:09pm First piece is called ‘Kiss Me’ by Claire Burke.

9:12pm People are extrememly polite. If a pretty girl had a large sign above her head stating ‘kiss me’ – what would you do?

9:13pm Wondering what thoughts were behind the piece… why were so many people (mainly men) happy to go & kiss without asking, or further explanation. Would you go and kiss someone because they had a sign saying to do so?

9:16pm Or maybe I’m being cynical there’s just lots of love to go around.

9:17pm Artist Nicci Wonnacott, screens her piece, ‘Purifying America’.

9:18pm The music is hypnotic, and her movements hypnotic, it’s really rather enjoyable to watch and I’m finding it difficult to do anything but that.

9:20pm What do the colours green, purple and white mean to you?

9:26pm To mean they symbolise the suffragettes.

9:31pm Part of the next performance is about reading text on the screen. Off to find out what’s on the screen.

9:34pm I like the idea of putting lines of text and people have freedom to move about the page and read them at different times and in different order. Does that mean different conclusions. If any?

9:34pm Nine people have got up to read the text so far.

9:35pm It must be difficult to put decide what to write, how do you decide what to write. Especially when you know people will read it so closely.

9:36pm Are words used in live art like tweeting? #LiveArtMeets

9:43pm Wonnacott’s calm and slow breathing seems to have put a peace & sense of complete calm over the audience. It’s so melodic and lovely to listen to.

9:43pm My silence should tell you how hard it is to form opinions and write when what you really want to do is listen and relax.

9:54pm That was my thoughts on Live Art Meets. Perhaps see you at the next on Tuesday 26 June at Exeter Phoenix Cafe Bar.


24 Apr

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9:05pm And so begins the live blogging. Be prepared for live thoughts, lots of art (some mis-spelt words) and more live art!

9:09pm Claire Burke (our resident live artist at Exeter Phoenix) introduces the night.

9:16pm Two artists spar with their lives, with little details about the big events. School (teased for wearing contact lenses), University (failed to join the football team).

9:24pm In an interesting twist one artist kissed the other & in response the kissed artist pulled out a saw.

9:25pm Are artists selfish? Authentic? Shocking?

9:26pm What is a portable subversion equipment?

9:33pm It’s a green rucksack.

9:35pm Watching youtube videos of artists presenting their art to the public

9:36pm The audience are playing with the saw that is also art *nervous*

9:44pm Wonder what @cadenza2100 is writing about?

9:46pm Everyone has is reading the message intently that is appearing on the screen

9:47pm Don’t forget to check out @exeter_phoenix and @ShinyShoeClaire where I’ll be live tweeting about LIVE ART MEETS

9:52pm Why are people obsessed with defining what art is & how much it is worth?

9:52pm I always think this is a futile concept to try and figure out. Art is art is someone says it is.

9:56pm Art on public toilet doors? Hand prints on walls?

9:58pm Finding the discussion strange & interesting.

10:00pm Bodily functions are not art. This is my current opinion.

10:09pm It is very brave to talk about other people art (especially in front of the artist)

10:12pm Do art critics read too much into art? Does art then take on that meaning?

10:13pm Perhaps artists, if they paint automatically, or subconsciously, then art critics can look at art & see the meaning.

10:17pm Next piece of art: The Sensation of Walking

10:18pm Walking, moving, beats, steps, taps, words, journey, feet, walking, pavement

10:20pm ‘Are you telling me Neighbours on TV is art?!?’

10:22pm No.

10:31pm That was the first LIVE ART TWEETS! Thanks for having a look. Next one Tue 22nd May. See you at Exeter Phoenix!

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